Calpine Lookout Tower

by staff posted March 27, 2013 category Activity, Spring, Testimonial

Imagine being surrounded by 360 degrees of unobstructed views all day and night inside a cozy fire lookout tower.  The Calpine lookout tower, just outside the community of Calpine has a long history dating back to 1934, when it was first built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  The lookout remained active until 1975, used to spot forest fires, and is now available for rent for year round recreation.  In the summer, the tower is easily accessible by foot, yet in winter, access is gained by ski, snowshoe, or snowmobile.  The Lookout serves as a basecamp for many recreational activities, yet reading, card playing, hiking, and stargazing may be the most popular.  The day starts with a sunrise over Sardine Peak, fresh air and silence surround you all day with a view of the areas best peaks and valleys, then ends perfectly with a sunset over Haskell Peak.  The days don’t get much better than that!   In our busy lives of today, escape to disconnect with distractions and reconnect with life, getting back to the basics.    This is a place where marriage proposals have been made, relationships renewed and a sense of self refreshed.  The Calpine Lookout tower is run by the Sierraville Ranger District and rented through the National Recreation Service.  Keep in mind you don’t have to rent this beauty to enjoy it, as its just an easy day hike to enjoy this great historical Landmark.  To say the least you cant beat the views!!

Sunrise by MH @ CVL

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