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The Forest Service fire lookout on Herd Peak
Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

A classic forest service fire lookout perches atop the rocky knob of Herd Peak at 6908 feet elevation. It has staggering views of Mount Shasta, a mere fifteen miles to the south.

The lookout building, a fifteen by fifteen foot square, dates from 1933, and has survived in almost its original state. It is still manned in the summer and fall fire season.



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Stairs up to the Herd Peak Lookout

Stairs up to the Herd Peak Lookout

Many fire lookouts have been built on towers to get above foreground forest. But Herd Peak is one that takes advantage of a rocky mountaintop, reached by a modest flight of stairs.

Herd Peak Lookout, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2016

A classic fire lookout atop Herd Peak north of Mount Shasta

A classic fire lookout atop Herd Peak north of Mount Shasta

This is a classic 14 by 14 foot one-room lookout building, built in 1933. It is relatively luxurious, with electricity, telephone, and propane, reached by a short flight of stairs from a reasonably good road.

Herd Peak Lookout, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2016

Mount Shasta and the Shasta Valley from Herd Peak

Mount Shasta and the Shasta Valley from Herd Peak

The most striking thing about the Herd Peak Lookout is the view of Mount Shasta, fifteen miles away.

Herd Peak Lookout, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2016

Grass Lake from Herd Peak Lookout

Grass Lake from Herd Peak Lookout

The view east from Herd Peak shows coniferous forests to the horizon, with scattered marsh and lake basins, such as Grass Lake.

Herd Mountain Lookout, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2016

West from Herd Peak Lookout

West from Herd Peak Lookout

John, the lookout when I visited, points across the Shasta Valley to the Klamath Mountains.

Herd Peak Lookout, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2016

Inside the Herd Peak Fire Lookout

Inside the Herd Peak Fire Lookout

In fire seasonlookouts are manned around the clock, so they are equpped with bed, chair and table, kitchen, and heater. The center of the room contains a pedestal with a map and sighting device which, in conjunction with other lookouts, could be used to locate a fire by triangulation.

Herd Peak Lookout, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2016

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