McCarthy Point Lookout was constructed in 1936 by the Conservation Corps and was used as an observation point for detecting fires from 1937 to the mid 1960s. With the advent of World War II, lookout personnel were trained to spot aircraft in addition to watching for fires. This war time occupation was part of the Aircraft Warning Service (AWS), which organized aircraft spotters all along the West coast. This was a regular lookout function until the end of the war.
McCarthy Point Lookout is a two room cabin with a kitchen and bedroom. Located within a state wildlife refuge, this 4 person lookout has scenic views of the wilderness and Mill Canyon. Reaching the lookout requires a 1000 foot walk from the parking area. The bedroom is surrounded on three sides by windows, has overhead propane lights, two sleeping platforms (about the size of twin beds). Hiking & horse riding in the Ishi Wilderness.
Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance. Further information about the lookout can be obtained by calling the Almanor Ranger District office at 530-258-2141, Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Things To Do:
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Mountain Biking
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beds & Foam Pads
- Broom & Dust Pan
- Chemical Toilet
- Historic Sites
- Paved path from parking area
- Pit Restroom
- Propane Lights
- Table & Chairs
- Water Drinking
McCarthy Point Lookout is accessed via Forest Service roads and private roads. Low clearance passenger vehicles are not recommended on these roads; highway legal, high clearance four wheel drive vehicles are appropriate. Weather conditions and snow may cause early seasonal road closure or late spring opening. Lightning may be a hazard during storms. All users must contact the Almanor Ranger District to obtain lock and access information. Campfires are not allowed at any time.
A 2 night minimum stay is required. No electricity or potable water is available at this site. Trailers are not allowed. McCarthy Point Lookout is located within a wildlife refuge, so firearms are prohibited. This facility is “pack it in, pack it out” site. Please bring your own drinking water and take your trash with you when you leave. To reach the lookout from the parking area, you must walk approximately 1000 feet along a paved trail. This is a high cliff area; exercise caution. Bears and other wildlife are common in the area, so practice bear-safe food storage.
Mccarthy Point Lookout (CA)
T27N R3E SEC 18/19
Phone Park for More Information: (530)258-2141
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Contact the Almanor R.D. for specific directions dependent upon your travel route Directions may vary depending upon road conditions.
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