Post Creek Lookout

Area Status: Closed

Post Creek Lookout was built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This comfortable cabin accommodates up to six people, has two rooms, and measures 19x30 feet. In the back room of the cabin there is a 270-degree bank of windows that face the forest, which offers a great view of the landscape. The Post Creek lookout has a nice sized kitchen, hardwood floors in both the kitchen and living areas, and vinyl flooring in the back room, or cab. Furnishings include a queen and twin bed, comfortable chairs, end tables, and a coffee table. The lookout has an outdoor portable restroom. There is no running water at the cabin.

At a Glance

Rentals & Guides: Imagine renting an authentic, historic, cozy Forest Service lookout cabin nestled deep inside of the forest. Visualize and experience what life would have been like if you were a fire lookout living in this isolated location from May to October. No modern day conveniences, just the smell and sounds of the forest. As you write your notes, it is so quiet you can hear your pen glide across the paper. The cabin and detached garage sit on a ridgeline above Beegum Gorge. One quarter of a mile down the road, at Post Creek, is the old swimming hole. This lookout offers you complete privacy, quietness, solitude, and a relaxing atmosphere.
Fees: $75 per night
Permit Info: Reservations are required and can be obtained through the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) @ or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Restrictions: Fire Restrictions: Special fire restrictions limit the use of campfires, charcoal fires, smoking, and operation of most internal combustion engines at certain times of the year. Call the Hayfork Ranger Station at (530) 628-5227 to find out if any restrictions are in place. The use of portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed with a valid California campfire permit. Renter can obtain a free California campfire permit at any Forest Service, CalFire, or Bureau of Land Management office, or online at Smoking is prohibited within the lookout; during extreme fire conditions, smoking must be done only within enclosed vehicles. Fireworks are prohibited on all National Forest lands.
Closest Towns: Hayfork, Platina
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: US Forest Service: Hayfork Ranger Station, P.O. Box 159, Hayfork, CA 96041, 530-628-5227

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