Black Mountain Lookout

Area Status: Closed
This area is 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: As of March 3, 2021 this site will remain closed for the 2021 season. This is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There is a safety concern related to insufficient staffing to ensure proper disinfection of the facility between guest. 
Reservations: Sites can be reserved online at or by calling 1-877-444-6777. 
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees  $60.00 per night
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.


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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.

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