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The Yuba River Ranger District, Tahoe National Forest is seeking volunteers to help restore the Grouse Ridge Lookout.
Scope of Work:
Repairing composition asphalt shingles
Fabricating onsite stairs and railing
Finishing construction of catwalk deck and railing
Painting interior and exterior of cab
Grouse Ridge Lookout, located at 7711 feet in the central part of the Tahoe Nation Forest, is one of the oldest lookouts. It was built in 1923 and was last used in the 1970’s. Unusual characteristics of the 14 ft. x 14 ft. cab include a steep 12/12 pitch roof and five windows per wall. This design was a forerunner of the popular L-4 model. However, since the lookout was last used, winter storms, summer sun and vandals have taken their toll on the structure. On the exterior, the siding, foundation and roof are all in need of repair work. Volunteers started restoring the beloved site in 2009 and continue to dedicate time to this great effort.
Since the early 1900s, lookouts have been a part of the western landscape – serving as a platform for early forest observers – watching for tell-tale wisps of smoke of possible wildfires. In the Tahoe National Forest, more than 20 lookouts were constructed over the years. As communication systems improved, the number of staffed lookouts has decreased. Once restored, the lookout will be added to the facilities available as a rental by the Forest Service.
Grouse Ridge Fire Lookout Tower is located within the Tahoe National Forest in Nevada County, California. It is situated at the top of Grouse Ridge, at the end of the hike along Grouse Ridge Trail.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: Grouse Ridge Campground is available free of charge and is located 1/2 mile from the lookout.