Pine Mountain Lookout

National Campground
  • Cabins


Rustic Pine Mountain Lookout was constructed in 1933 and used for fire detection until 1942. During World War II, the lookout served as part of an aircraft defense monitoring system that extended throughout California. This lookout is historically significant because it only offers 180-degree views of the surrounding terrain, while other lookouts have 360-degree views. The lookout is typically open from May through October and is accessible by car. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and will need to bring several of their own supplies for a comfortable and enjoyable experience at the lookout. Pine Mountain Lookout is accessed with a combination lock; the combination is included in your email conformation. Group size is limited to no more than six people at a time; no overnight camping is permitted within the administrative site outside the rental lookout building. There is a 2 night minimum stay. Please pack out your trash and clean the facility before leaving. Guests are responsible for reporting loss or damage of items. provided at the lookout and any use of first aid kit or fire extinguisher. Off-road vehicles are not permitted in the area.

Don’t Move Firewood: Protect California’s forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit Fires are only allowed in the provided fire ring and pedestal grill unless prohibited by fire restrictions. All fires must be attended at all times and extinguished before retiring for the night as well as before leaving the site at any time. No smoking or open flames (including lanterns or cook stoves) are allowed in any of the buildings. Primary access routes will be signed at major road junctions leading to the lookout and a map will be provided.


  • BBQ
  • Fire Pit
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Picnic Table
  • Restroom

RV Rentals

Pine Mountain Lookout


FOREST ROAD 17N23, , California,