Little Mt. Hoffman Lookout

Area Status: Closed

No Campfires - Fire Restrictions are in effect for the Shasta-Trinity NF.

The Little Mt. Hoffman lookout was constructed in the 1920's and was used by the Forest Service on a regular basis until 1978. It is one of the few remaining historic lookouts on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The Lookout is still occasionally used by the Forest Service in times of extreme fire danger.

Staying at either of our two lookouts is a unique and memorable experience.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: At over 7,000 feet, this lookout is only open July through the middle of October, unless weather permits opening sooner (or later).  You can make a reservation up to 180 days in advance of your arrival through the National Recreation Reservation Service at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Operational Hours: June through mid-October
Rentals & Guides: From a height of 7,309 feet, Little Mount Hoffman offers a spectacular view of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen, Mt. McLoughlin, and a variety of other interesting landforms. From the Tulelake Basin in the north to the Fall River valley in the south, the 360 degree view offers a peek at some of Northern California's most unique and beautiful scenery. The Shasta McCloud Management Unit invites you to share a new and exciting recreation experience on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Located east of majestic Mt. Shasta, in the lava flow area of Medicine Lake, is the Little Mt. Hoffman fire lookout. Restored to it's original character, the lookout is now being offered as an overnight retreat for personal recreation use.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Toilets
Fees: $75 per night
Permit Info: Reservations available through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) @ or by calling 1-877-444-6777 and can be made up to 180 days in advance of arrival.
Restrictions: Fire Restrictions: At times special fire restrictions limit the use of campfires, charcoal fires, smoking, and operation of most internal combustion engines. The use of portable stove 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. Smoking is prohibited within the lookout, smoke only in vehicles, or an area cleared of all flammable material. Fireworks are prohibited on all National Forest lands.
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: McCloud Ranger Station, P.O. Box 1620, McCloud, Ca  96057, (530) 964-2184

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