Anderson Peak Lookout - AWS Site
US 1869, CA 64

Photo courtesy of "Lookouts of the Los Padres Forest" By Irma Oksen Reaves - 1988

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1869, CA 64 (view other lookout sites in United States, California)
Date Registered December 22, 2019
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Los Padres National Forest
Monterey County, California
Coordinates N 36° 10.849' W 121° 38.581' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 10' 51" W 121° 38' 35"
N 36.180817° W 121.643018°
Elevation 4,099 ft (1,249 m)
Built 1943
Removed 1984 - Wildfire
Administered by US Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest
Cooperators United States Army Ground Observer Corps


Anderson Peak Lookout was a dual purpose site, used for enemy aircraft spotting and fire detection. A small, single story peak roof building was erected and staffed in mid-1942 by Harry and Lillian Ross. A standard AWS post structure with a ground cabin and cupola were constructed and replaced the original building in 1943.

The US Forest Service built, provisioned and staffed the post. The US Army reimbursed the US Forest Service for all costs. Operators were expected to report all aircraft activities and report all fires and smokes to USFS dispatch. Aircraft information was then relayed to the Army.

The cabin was relocated for private use some time in the 1950's to Marble Peak. The cabin was consumed in the Gordo-Rat-Creek Fire in 1984.


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Photo courtesy of "Lookouts of the Los Padres Forest" By Irma Oksen Reaves - 1988