Vista Grande Lookout Site
US 1850, CA 45
Vista Grande Lookout - Circa 1920's

Vista Grande Lookout - Circa 1920's - courtesy of Cleveland National Forest

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1850, CA 45 (view other lookout sites in United States, California)
Date Registered December 1, 2019
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location San Bernardino National Forest - San Jacinto Ranger District
Riverside County, California
Coordinates N 33° 50.141' W 116° 48.683' (view using Google Maps)
N 33° 50' 08" W 116° 48' 41"
N 33.835687° W 116.811376°
Elevation 4,892 ft (1,491 m)
Built 1914
Removed Unknown
Administered by US Forest Service - San Bernardino National Forest
Cooperators Cleveland National Forest


Vista Grande Lookout was built for the Cleveland National Forest in 1914. The cabin appears to be a modified California Plan 4A or perhaps an original DuBois Plan 12x12 structure on a short open timber tower.

The San Jacinto Ranger District was transferred to the San Bernardino National Forest in 1926. 

The exact location of the lookout site is unknown but described as 'near the Vista Grande Fire Station, slightly northwest'. The site is clearly not where the later Ranger Peak Lookout was built north/northwest of the station.

It's removal date is unknown. Lookout structures were later built at nearby Ranger Peak, Barton Peak and Black Mountain.


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