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Planning continues for the restoration of a long-shuttered fire lookout in the Tahoe National Forest.
This fall, volunteers met with Forest Service staff to discuss fixing up the historic Grouse Ridge lookout for use as a rental facility. The circa-1923 tower near Washington sports a spectacular, 360-degree view and a fantastic location near a series of alpine lakes that are extremely popular with outdoor enthusiasts.
But the lookout off Bowman Lake Road has suffered quite a bit of damage over the years and includes an outhouse perched precariously on a cliff. One of the goals of the renovation is to maintain the historic nature of the facility, while still providing some amenities.
Contractor volunteers have met with Forest Service archeologist Bill Slater at the lookout to review restoration needs, said Public Affairs Officer Ann Westling.
We're still putting together the work plan in terms of what needs to be done and the cost and how it's going to get done, she said.
The plans will deal with the needed restoration, health and safety repairs, and historical requirements. Because the lookout is a historic structure, the plans will need to be sent to the California State Historic Preservation Office for approval.
Grouse Ridge will be the third lookout on the Tahoe National Forest to undergo restoration.
The first two include Calpine Lookout, which has been available for rent for five years, and Sardine Lookout, which is expected to be available this year. The facilities are rented through the National Reservation System for about $45 per night.
Grouse Ridge Lookout with outhouse to right (my photos from this summer):
California bashing is frequent sport here so, as a 30-year resident of the Nevada City/Grass Valley area (about 45 miles from the lookout), I appreciate this display of one of the reasons many Californians put up with the state's nonsense!
I was just got back from grouse ridge and while driving back from the trailhead on the Faucherie side I saw a little group of cabins. Who owns these? I have been in this area many many times and never seen a person there. Perhaps they are only for winter use. I don't own a snowmobile, but there is a canoe there chained up, so that makes me assume it is for summer use. Please email me with a reply. It's making me mad (mentally).
The other question is: Is there any plan to renovate the Sierra Buttes fire lookout?