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Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower

San Bernardino National Forest

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

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Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower

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  • The entrance gate is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., typically from May 25 to October 30.- Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View of Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower from the entry gate.- Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View east to San Bernardino Peak (10,649 ft) from Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • Panoramic view west to the Inland Empire, the surrounding San Bernardino Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains.- Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View west to the San Gabriel Mountains from Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View north to the communications tower at Keller Peak with Butler Peak (8,535 ft) in the distance.- Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • Panoramic view east toward San Bernardino Peak (10,649 ft) and the Santa Ana River Valley.- Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower
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Pros: 
360-degree views over the San Bernardino Mountains. Operational fire lookout. Open to public.
Cons: 
Closed November through the end of May.
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Region:
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
California Adventure Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
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Keller Peak rises to 7,882 feet, towering over the Inland Empire, and it forms a high point along the Santa Ana River Valley as it drops into San Bernardino Valley. Thus, it is a strategic vantage point over the southeastern area of the mountains. A lookout tower was constructed in 1926 to watch for wildfires. The tower is still operational today, and is the oldest original lookout tower in this national forest.

The tower is staffed throughout most of the summer, but remains open to the public. You can enter the tower from May to November. Outside of these months, it is boarded up for the snowy winter, when the road to get here is also closed.

Views from the tower are truly grand. You can see some of Southern California's highest peaks like San Bernardino, San Antonio, and San Gorgonio. On an exceptionally clear day, you can even see all the way to the Catalina Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

While exploring the top of Keller Peak, walk 200 yards west to find a plaque marking the spot of a B-26 Bomber crash from 1941. If you search carefully you can still see pieces of the wreckage.

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