Built atop a sharp peak, this 20-foot lookout tower comes with a full 360-degree view. From here, you get fabulous views of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen, and a bird's eye view of the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake.
This lookout is for the adventuresome - those who don't mind driving 5 miles at low speed on road 35N04, a limited sight distance single lane dirt road. Road 35N04 is a high clearance mountainous road recommended for 4-wheel drive vehicles. Photo of the upper portion of the road to the lookout. To view more photos of the road to the lookout as well as the trail and inside the cabin, select Hirz Mountain Lookout photos in the right column.
Due to rocky, slippery, steep terrain, the last 1/4 mile section of road access to the lookout is for foot traffic only. We recommend wearing shoes with good tread and ankle support. This is a pack-it in, pack-it out facility.
To download a .pdf file of driving directions and map to the lookout, select this link.
Mt. Shasta's upper slopes are designated as the Mt. Shasta Wilderness. This snow capped, dormant volcano rises 14,162 feet, dominating the view in all directions.
This historic guard station offers you a unique stay in the oldest Forest Service building on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. This charming two-story structure was built in 1916 under the direction of John T. Grey, District Ranger of the Mad River Ranger District on the old Trinity National Forest. The upper and lower levels of the guard station measure 24x18 feet and can accommodate up to eight people. The lower level has a large kitchen area, oak table, chairs, couch, and indoor bathroom accommodations. The upper level is finished in striking pinewood, has two beds, and is separated by a partition wall. A five-foot high porch adorns the front of the cabin.
Built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This comfortable cabin accommodates up to eight people, has two rooms, and measures 19x30 feet. In the back room of the cabin you have a 270-degree bank of windows that face the forest, which offers you a great view of the landscape. The Post Creek lookout has a nice sized kitchen and hardwood floors. The back room is carpeted and the cabin has indoor bathroom amenities. Furnishings include two beds, a couch and table.