Northern California June 05, 2018
Spend The Night High Above The Trees In This Extraordinary Northern California Fire Lookout
Imagine this. You wake up to the smell of fresh mountain air and the chirping of birds. You look out the window to see miles upon miles of tree tops and there’s not another soul in sight. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Make it a reality by spending the night in this glorious fire lookout. Northern California is home to several fire tower lookouts that you can rent for yourself, but the one featured here is among the very best. On top of boasting a mesmerizing view of the surrounding forest, the tower itself is perfectly cozy and charming. You simply couldn’t ask for a more scenic destination to spend the night!
Located at an elevation of 5,980 feet in the stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Calpine Lookout Tower is the ultimate camping destination for adventurers. If you're looking for the perfect spot to unplug and delve into wilderness, then look no further.
The lookout can be reached from the tiny town of Sierraville. You'll head north on State Highway 89 for approximately 9 miles before reaching the town of Calpine. The lookout can be reached by dirt road just a few miles outside of town.
The lookout tower was originally constructed in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It's one of only three remaining windmill-style lookouts in all of California. The tower was regularly used to watch for wildfires every year until 1975. Today, you can sleep in this incredible piece of history.
Perched high above the treetops, you'll be treated to a jaw-dropping view of the Tahoe National Forest. The trees seem to go on for as long as the eye can see. It's a magnificent sight that will absolutely floor you.
Staying in the lookout makes for a unique experience that you're bound to love. Visitors must bring many of their own items, since this is essentially camping. The lookout comes with a picnic area, fire pit, and pit toilet nearby.
You'll find that the inside of the tower is surprisingly comfy. The 14' by 14' room contains two single beds, a dry sink, table, chairs, and a few basic pans and utensils. It's not much, but it's all you'll need in a stunning landscape such as this one.
The lookout doesn't contain electricity or water but you'll find propane-powered appliances in the cabin. Remember to bring your own food, water, bedding, and any other essential supplies you may need.
This remote outpost makes for a tranquil getaway that you won't soon forget. The difficult part is pulling yourself away from this peaceful sanctuary and bringing yourself back to reality!
Calpine Lookout is available for just $45 a night. Reservations tend to fill up quickly and you need to book far in advance. For more information, visit the website
What do you think? Would you camp in an old fire lookout like this one? The view from these towers is simply unmatched. Most fire lookouts require reservations months in advance, but if you’re looking for last minute adventure destinations then be sure to check out these
11 Campgrounds In Northern California Where No Reservation Is Required.