Black Mountain Lookout

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Black Mountain Lookout

Black Mountain Lookout is situated 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 offers striking views of Honey Lake to the north, and Last Chance Creek to the south. The rental is available from Memorial weekend through October. The fee for an overnight stay is $60.

Four people can fit in the cabin.  Camping space is available outside.  Maximum occupancy for the site is eight visitors. The rental amenities include two twin beds with mattresses, electricity,  refrigerator, small stove with oven, heater, lights, table and chairs.  There is a vault toilet and picnic table outside. No water is provided although there is a dry sink available for dish washing.

Reservations can be made through the National Recreation Service, http://www.recreation.gov, or by calling (877) 444-6777. For general information please call the Beckwourth Ranger District at (530) 836-2575.

Black Mountain Lookout Enjoy a meal outside at the picnic table at Black Mountain Lookout Electric stove, refrigerator and dry sink at Black Mountain Lookout Table with chairs next to heater at Black Mountain Lookout Two beds, table with chairs, fire finder stand at Black Mountain Lookout

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open - As of May 25, 2017 - Some water related road damage remains. A high clearance vehicle is required until the roadway is repaired - uncertain timing for repairs. 
Reservations: Reserve online at www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777)
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees  $60.00 per night
Open Season: Memorial weekend
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: summer
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: 14 day limit
Closest Towns: Milford CA
Water: No
Restroom: Yes, Vault Toilet
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: For information about Black Mountain Lookout please call the Beckwourth Ranger District Office in Blairsden, CA at 530-836-2575

General Information

Directions:

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

From Susanville go south on Hwy 395 to Milford. At Milford take County Road 336 and go up Milford Grade (a gravel road) past the Laughlin Work Center and Laughlin Campground and another .5 mile to Forest Road 26N84. After .5 mile turn left ont Forest Road 26N80B and climb to Black Mountain Lookout.

From Reno go north on Hwy 395 to Doyle. Turn onto County Road 331 and go up Doyle Grade(a gravel road) passing Meadowview Campground. Turn right onto county Road 101 toward Milford. Continue on the main forest roads (28N03 and 26N04) to Forest Road 26N70. Turn right and continue .1 mile to Forest Road 26N80 and climb to Black Mountain Lookout.


Accessibility:

Accessible toilet


General Notes:

Check in will be 2:00, check out 1:00 pm. Total of 8 people. No smoking. Bring your own water and bedding. Pets are allowed. Pack out your garbage. There is not a gate on the road, be aware you will receive other visitors to the lookout.


Parking:

Parking spaces are for 4 vehicles.


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Amenities

Picnic tables One picnic table
Toilets Accessible toilet building
Parking 4 vehicles
Tent camping Available adjacent to building
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
40.115521

  Longitude : 
-120.321230

  Elevation : 
7161'