BLACK MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT, CA

Black Mountain Lookout is located on the eastern edge of the Beckwourth Ranger District, 10 miles from Highway 395, near Milford, California. The lookout was constructed in 1934 and is a great example of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) architecture. The C-3-type lookout is ...
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  • Entry to the cabin is by key; contact the Beckwourth Ranger District at (530) 836-2575 for the combination to the lock box and to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms that may affect the quality of your visit. The office is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Access to the cabin is by dirt road; high clearance vehicles are recommended
  • Maximum capacity of the tower is four people, however tent camping adjacent to the tower is available for up to four guests
  • Pets are welcome
  • Keep the building and grounds clean to deter squirrel, mice, rats, bears, and other wildlife from area
  • Pack out all trash
  • Doors and windows should be locked and all personal items removed upon departure
  • The lookout tower is a no-smoking facility
  • Learn more about Plumas National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.
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BLACK MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT CABIN ELECTRIC 8
Pets Allowed
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Overview

Overview

Black Mountain Lookout is located on the eastern edge of the Beckwourth Ranger District, 10 miles from Highway 395, near Milford, California.

The lookout was constructed in 1934 and is a great example of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) architecture. The C-3-type lookout is situated on a single story 10 foot tower and is extremely well-preserved.

The lookout tower is available for reservations May 26 through November, offering guests a unique lodging experience in Plumas National Forest.

Natural Features:

The Plumas National Forest is defined by its unique land features and pleasant climate. Outdoor enthusiasts are attracted to the many streams and lakes, beautiful deep canyons, rich mountain valleys, meadows and lofty peaks.

Guests at Black Mountain Lookout are treated to striking views of Honey Lake to the north, and Last Chance Creek to the south.

Diverse vegetation provides a habitat for wildlife including deer, coyotes, bald eagles and osprey.

Frenchman Lake is within a 30-minute drive from the lookout.

Recreation:

Hiking, birding, stargazing and wildlife viewing are popular among guests of the lookout. From leisurely strolls to strenuous hikes, visitors have an opportunity to experience beautiful scenery and catch glimpses of wildlife throughout the area. On a clear night, visitors can gaze upon the expansive sky as it unfolds with a dazzling display of stars.

Facilities:

The one-room lookout cabin is set on a tower, rising 10 feet above the ground. It is furnished with two single beds with mattresses, but can accommodate up to four people. There is also space for tent camping adjacent to the lookout, for up to four visitors.

The cabin has a small table and chairs, a refrigerator, a small stove, heater, and lights, all powered with electricity. A picnic table and vault toilet are also on site.

Although the lookout provides a few amenities, guests must bring several of their own, including food, cooking utensils, sleeping bags, towels, dish soap, matches, cooking gear, toilet paper and garbage bags.

No water is available at this facility, so guests must bring their own water for drinking, cooking and washing. Packing an additional light source is also recommended.

Booking Window
Sun Apr 27 2014 - Thu Oct 23 2014

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri May 23 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Lights
  • Off Road Vehicle Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Refrigerator
  • Stargazing
  • Stove
  • Table and Chairs
  • Tent sites
  • Wildlife Viewing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 23 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
CABIN ELECTRIC $60.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.11528, -120.32111
40°6'55"N, 120°19'16"W

Access to the lookout is by a dirt road; high clearance vehicles are recommended. Visitors should be aware that access is subject to inclement weather during the early and late season.

Black Mountain Lookout is located on the eastern edge of the Beckwourth Ranger District, 10 miles from Highway 395, near Milford, California.

From Highway 395 at Milford take County Road 336 to Milford Grade. Turn right onto Milford Grade (also named County Road 336 and Forest Rd. 26N70. Turn left on Forest Road 26N80 and continue on this road to lookout.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

BLACK MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT
PO Box 7
Blairsden CA 96103

Phone Number:

Information: (530) 836-2575
Additional Information