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Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower

San Bernardino National Forest

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

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Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower

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  • View of Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower and adjacent communication towers.- Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View of Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower and adjacent communication towers.- Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View southwest from Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View south overlooking the Inland Empire from Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View west from Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower- Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • View east from Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower- Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower
  • Lookout volunteer at the Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower
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Pros: 
360-degree views over the San Bernardino Mountains. Operational fire lookout. Open to the public.
Cons: 
Closed November through the end of May.
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Region:
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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While driving Southern California's Rim of the World Highway, the Strawberry Peak Lookout Tower is a worthwhile stop for an extra dose of spectacular views. The road cuts beneath Strawberry Peak, but a short side trip to the top of the mountain gets you to the fire tower without any hiking.

This lookout is staffed by volunteers from May through November. They watch diligently for smoke rising from surrounding hills, but they are happy to take time for visitors. You can get a lesson on local geography and how lookouts use triangulation on maps to pinpoint fire locations.

From within the tower you can see along the San Bernardino "rim" in both directions and watch the line of cars undulate beneath you on the highway. Try picking out familiar roads and landmarks on the valley floor far below, and use the lookout's map to name peaks on the horizon.

Strawberry Peak is part of a network of operational fire towers in Southern California that many residents take for granted. Forest Service staff and volunteers watch over the mountains and valleys to keep wildfires from spreading out of control. They sometimes remain in the tower day and night for weeks on end. Be sure to thank the lookout on duty and treat his/her living quarters with respect.

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