Pinyon Peak Lookout Site
US 1870, CA 65
Pinyon Peak Lookout - 1942

Pinyon Peak Lookout - 1942 - courtesy of "Lookouts of the Los Padres Forest" By Irma Oksen Reaves - 1988

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1870, CA 65 (view other lookout sites in United States, California)
Date Registered December 22, 2019
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Los Padres National Forest
Monterey County, California
Coordinates N 36° 10.139' W 121° 22.771' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 10' 08" W 121° 22' 46"
N 36.168979° W 121.379524°
Elevation 5,256 ft (1,602 m)
Built 1937
Removed 1977 - Wildfire
Administered by US Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest


Pinyon Peak, in the southeastern end of the Monterey District (not to be confused with Sid Ormsbee Lookout, located on a Pinyon Peak in the northern end of the district) was constructed in 1937. The structure was a California Region 5 Plan BC-301 on a 30 foot K-Brace, open steel tower. The site was used for Aircraft Warning Service activities and was staffed 24/7 during World War II.

The lookout was no longer staffed in the 1960's and was destroyed during the 1977 Marble Cone Fire. Nothing remains at the site.



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Photo courtesy of "Lookouts of the Los Padres Forest" By Irma Oksen Reaves - 1988

Photo courtesy of USFS - Craig R. Carey Collection