Built in 1927, Dutchman Peak Lookout is one of the very few "cupola style' fire lookouts left in the Pacific Northwest. Cupola lookouts had living quarters below and a "fire-finder" room in the little cupola above. Dutchman Peak Lookout is listed in the National Historic Register and has been restored to its original appearance. It is also still used as a fire lookout and is staffed in the summertime. During World War II Dutchman Peak was used by the Aircraft Warning Service. A separate cabin housed a 2-person team of observers who endured the snow and winter winds a top the peak searching the sky for enemy aircraft.
There is a gate about 1/2 mile from the lookout, but it should be open most weekends before the snow flies. If it is closed the walk is not too bad. The road is narrow and rocky, but passable by most high clearance vehicles. There is plenty of space at the lookout to park and turn around.
The view from the lookout is incredible! A full 360 degree view including Mt Shasta and Mt McLoughlin. Be sure and take your camera!!
You are looking for a nice metal container that is hidden between a rock and a mountain laurel bush/tree.
Be sure and record the benchmark placed in rock at the corner of the lookout too.
Elevation is 7418'.