Windy Cut Lookout Site
US 2055, CA 161
Windy Cut Lookout - December 1961

Windy Cut Lookout - December 1961 - courtesy of Meriam Library. California State University, Chico

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 2055, CA 161 (view other lookout sites in United States, California)
Date Registered December 13, 2020
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Lassen National Forest
Tehama County, California
Coordinates N 40° 09.726' W 121° 34.699' (view using Google Maps)
N 40° 09' 44" W 121° 34' 42"
N 40.162107° W 121.578316°
Elevation 3,767 ft (1,148 m)
Built 1936
Removed After 1984 but before 1986
Administered by US Forest Service - Lassen National Forest


Windy Cut was constructed in 1936. The building is a very unusual design and noted as a 'C4' on the 1986 Thornton survey. No further detail is provided.

The structure was located right next to Highway 32 and may have served additional purposes though no reference can be found. A helispot is noted on the location in Forest maps today.

Windy Cut is located just over 3 miles WNW from Colby Mountain Lookout and 2300 feet lower. It may have been used to view the Deer Creek drainage located just west.


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