MENDOCINO, Calif. - If you've ever wanted to stay at a fire lookout, now is your chance.
The Pine Mountain lookout in the Mendocino National Forest reopens for the 2020 season on April 30. It's no longer a working lookout, so you can make reservations to stay there.
Rustic Pine Mountain Lookout was constructed in 1933 and used for fire detection until 1942. During World War II, the lookout was used as part of an aircraft defense monitoring system that extended throughout California. This lookout is said to be historically significant because it only offers 180-degree views of the surrounding terrain.
The lookout has been closed since the summer of 2018 due to damage in the area from the Ranch Fire. It's built on an outcropping at an elevation of 4,400 feet.
The windows show views of endless mountain peaks and offer a good vantage point for watching sunsets. A variety of bird species inhabit the forest, and guests may spot eagles, owls, hawks and osprey. Mountain lions, black bears, black-tailed deer, flying squirrels, bobcats and Tule elk also live in the area.
The inside of the cabin is equipped with a set of bunk beds and four cots, touch lights, a dining table with chairs and storage cabinets. A fire extinguisher and first aid kit are provided for emergency use. A picnic table, fire ring, and grill are located outside. An outhouse with a vault toilet is a short distance away.
They claim that their peak season to visit is between April 30 to Nov. 11. If you attend, you can expect amazing views.
It'll cost you $50 per night and you can make reservations, HERE.