Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower

San Bernardino National Forest

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

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Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower

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  • Fire lookout tower access gate at the intersection of NF-1S13 and NF-1N12.- Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View of Yucaipa from NF-1S13/Morton Ridge Trail.- Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback) at the summit of Morton Peak (4,624 ft).- Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower at the summit of Morton Peak (4,624 ft).- Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower at the summit of Morton Peak (4,624 ft).- Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower at the summit of Morton Peak (4,624 ft).- Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View east toward San Bernardino Peak (10,649 ft) and Mill Creek valley from Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View of Mill Creek valley from the Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View west to Morton Ridge and the surrounding San Bernardino Mountains from the Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • Interior of the Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • Interior of the Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • Interior of the Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View south to Mentone and the Crafton Hills (3,548 ft)- Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View north to Butler Peak (8,535 ft) Fire Lookout Tower from Morton Peak.- Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View west into the hazy Inland Empire.- Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Good views. Easily accessible.
Cons: 
Hot during most of the year. Not always open.
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Alerts: 
Lookout tower interior and overnight rental currently CLOSED to public. Hike-in (1.5 miles one-way) required from access gate.
Region:
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, CA
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
California Adventure Pass
Open Dates: 
Year Round
Bedrooms: 
1
Bathrooms: 
1.00
Outhouse only: 
Yes
Dogs allowed inside: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Clear throughout the day.
89°F
68°

Sat

Clear throughout the day.
91°F
70°

Sun

Clear throughout the day.
87°F
71°

Mon

Drizzle in the morning.
86°F
67°

Tue

Clear throughout the day.
82°F
65°

Wed

Clear throughout the day.
87°F
65°

Thu

Clear throughout the day.
87°F
66°

Details

ADA/Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Wood Stove: 
No
Electricity: 
No
Heating (forced air or radiant): 
No
Potable Water: 
No
Firewood Provided: 
No
Kitchen: 
No
Historical: 
Yes
Linens provided: 
No

Reservation Information

Managed by: 
San Bernardino National Forest
Reservation phone #: 
909.382.2882
Address: 
United States
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Property Description

Property Description

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Morton Peak Lookout is a fire watch tower near CA-38 that overlooks Mill Creek Canyon, Mountain Home Village, and Inland Empire. The tower is accessible via FR 1N12 and 1S13. These roads together comprise the Morton Peak Hike. The tower is periodically staffed by volunteer lookouts who alert the Forest Service whenever smoke rises from the surrounding landscape. This is one of the lower elevation fire towers in San Bernardino National Forest, but its position right on the rim of Mill Creek Canyon provides a commanding view of the highland rim's southern edge.

When the tower is manned, the lookout may invite visitors inside, and the gate at the intersection of 1N12 and 1S13 may be unlocked, allowing vehicle access all the way to the top of Morton Peak. Otherwise the road must be traveled by foot or bicycle to earn the views, which are still impressive even if the tower is closed. 

Note: Morton Peak Lookout used to be available for overnight rentals to the public, but this is not currently offered. Call Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909.382.2882 for more information.

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