Avenales Lookout - AWS Site
US 2042, CA 148
Avenales Lookout - AWS Site - Circa 1942/43

Avenales Lookout - AWS Site - Circa 1942/43 - courtesy of USFS - Craig R. Carey Collection

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 2042, CA 148 (view other lookout sites in United States, California)
Date Registered April 23, 2020
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Los Padres National Forest
San Luis Obispo County, California
Coordinates N 35° 11.354' W 120° 14.784' (view using Google Maps)
N 35° 11' 21" W 120° 14' 47"
N 35.189225° W 120.246397°
Elevation 2,860 ft (872 m)
Built Circa 1942/43
Removed Unknown
Administered by US Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest
Cooperators US Army Ground Observer Corps


Avenales Lookout was a dual purpose site, used for enemy aircraft spotting and fire detection. A standard AWS post structure with a ground cabin and cupola were constructed in 1942 or 1943.

The US Forest Service built, provisioned and staffed the post. The US Army reimbursed the US Forest Service for all costs. Operators were expected to report all aircraft activities and report all fires and smokes to USFS dispatch. Aircraft information was then relayed to the Army.


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