A campground full of history, Hirz Mountain Lookout in California remains a lookout tower at the top of the mountain where intrepid explorers visit to sightsee and commune with nature.
To get to the entrance, drivers have to make it through a steep, rocky road where visibility is limited and the terrain is tough for most cars to get through. Once you make it through most of the road, you will have to trek the last part of the path on foot, but when you get there, the scenic views make it all worthwhile.
The top of the lookout boasts a steel tower that was constructed in 1949 to allow watchers to detect fires before they got out of control. Visitors today traverse the 3,450-foot-high mountain to enjoy the breathtaking views of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen, birdwatch, and enjoy searching for wildlife. Rattlesnakes and bears are common here, so campers are advised to keep their own favorite furry animals on a short leash at all times.
Most known for its scenic night views, the campground attracts people from all over who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and can handle a good amount of physical exertion. Coming here is truly becoming one with nature, as there are no cooking facilities, potable water, or other amenities. There is a cabin you can rent out that has two twin beds, a picnic table, and a separate vault toilet. Cleaning supplies are provided so that you can clean the cabin for the next visitors before you leave. Please note: In order to use a gas stove, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel for cooking, you must have a California campfire permit.
Before you visit, be sure to plan ahead because you will need to pack everything for your stay. Items to consider include a first aid kit, plenty of water, trash bags, flashlights, and food. Don't forget about Fido's needs as well. Pack plenty of food and water, an extra leash, and clean-up bags. If you are visiting during winter, consider packing a dog sweater and footwear.