Black Mountain Lookout

Area Status: Closed
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 offers striking views of Honey Lake to the north, and Last Chance Creek to the south. Four people can fit in the cabin.  Camping space is available outside.  Maximum occupancy for the site is eight visitors.

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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: The lookout has closed for the 2022 season. Expected re-opening is in May, 2023. Visitors should always checkĀ Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Reservations: Sites can be reserved online at or by calling 1-877-444-6777. 
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Usage: 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


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 Forest Road 26N84. Just another .5 mile and turn left onto 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.


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 spaces are for 4 vehicles.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Cabin Rentals

The lookout cabin can accomodate four people for sleeping.  Tent space is available outside.  Total maximum occupancy is eight visitors.

Amenities include two twin beds, electricity, stove, refrigerator, heater, lights, table and chairs.  A picnic table and vault toilet are outside.  There is no water, although there is a sink for washing dishes.

Reservation required?: Y

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Scenery


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

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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