Madulce Peak Lookout Site
US 1856, CA 51
Madulce Peak Lookout  -  1937

Madulce Peak Lookout - 1937 - courtesy of National Archives

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1856, CA 51 (view other lookout sites in United States, California)
Date Registered December 19, 2019
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Los Padres National Forest
Santa Barbara County, California
Coordinates N 34° 41.462' W 119° 35.473' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 41' 28" W 119° 35' 28"
N 34.691037° W 119.591221°
Elevation 6,543 ft (1,994 m)
Built 1934
Removed 1972
Administered by US Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest
Cooperators Santa Barbara National Forest


The structure was built in 1934 for the Santa Barbara National Forest, a California Region 5 Plan BC-301 on a 10 foot, open timber tower. This lookout replaced an earlier structure destroyed by fire in September 1932.

The lookout was destroyed in a 1972 windstorm that took off the roof then collapsed the walls. The remainder of the structure was removed sometime after the event.

The site is now part of the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County. 


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1963 - courtesy of Craig R. Carey Collection

Destroyed 1972

Destroyed 1972 - courtesy of Santa Barbara News-Press - Craig R. Carey Collection