Vista Grande Lookout - Circa 1920's
|Registry Numbers||US 1850, CA 45 (view other lookout sites in United States, California)|
|Date Registered||December 1, 2019|
|Nominated by||Brad Eells|
San Bernardino National Forest - San Jacinto Ranger District
Riverside County, California
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)|
|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.