Oak Flat Lookout/cabin

Area Status: Closed

Access via Rancheria Rd., located in the Greenhorn Mtns offers rustic camping in the tower and below the tower. This lookout was once used by the Forest Service to spot fires, and can now be rented for $75 a night. It offers incredible views of the surrounding mountains, and is great for stargazers.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov
Fees: $75/Night for single unit
Permit Info: Campfire permits required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves.
Open Season: April 15
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Minimum high clearance vehicle recommended for access to the tower. No trash service. Pack out what you pack in.
Closest Towns: Bakersfield or Lake Isabella
Water: No
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Lake Isabella Visitor Center

General Information

Directions: From the south take Highway 99 to Bakersfield, exit on Highway 178 and travel east towards the Kern River Canyon. After passing through the last traffic light (Miramonte Drive) east of town you will travel downhill. Rancheria Road will be the next left turn off the highway. Proceed 15 miles north along this road. The first part of Rancheria Road is paved and then it becomes an unimproved gravel road. It will take you approximately 45 minutes to reach the turnoff to Oak Flat. Watch for livestock and other traffic along this route. Turn right onto the Oak Flat spur road and travel up .7 miles to the Lookout tower.

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Cabin Rentals

Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777

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