Castro Peak Lookout Site
US 1928, CA 108
Castro Peak Lookout - 1958

Castro Peak Lookout - 1958 - courtesy of Los Angeles Times

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1928, CA 108 (view other lookout sites in United States, California)
Date Registered February 26, 2020
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates N 34° 05.141' W 118° 47.136' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 05' 08" W 118° 47' 08"
N 34.085681° W 118.785596°
Elevation 2,829 ft (862 m)
Built 1925
Removed 1978
National Historic Lookout Register 1289
Administered by Los Angeles County Fire Department


Built in 1925 on Castro Peak, the highest point in the Malibu Hills west of Los Angeles at coordinates N 34.085989 W 118.785362, Castro Peak Lookout was an 8'x8'-foot metal cab on a 22-foot tower. It was built and operated by the Los Angeles County Forestry Department until it went out of service in 1971. In approximately 1978, it was moved to L.A. County Fire Department’s Henninger Flats Forestry Unit, which occupies an island of county property in the Angeles National Forest on the south slope of Mt. Wilson, site of an historic observatory. At Henninger Flats, the tower was refurbished, stocked with 1925 period artifacts, and mounted on a 7-foot tower as a historic public education display, and part of the Forestry Unit’s visitor center/museum.


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August 24, 1958

August 24, 1958 - courtesy of Los Angeles Times