Jordan Peak Lookout Trail

Camp Nelson, California

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Jordan Peak Lookout was built in 1934 and is still operated by paid staff during the fire season. At 9115 feet, it has the distinction of being one of the highest lookouts in California. It also affords one of the most dramatic 360-degree views the region has to offer. Near the summit grows a cluster of beautiful fawn lilies. The wildflowers, quite rare in these parts, can provide a stunning display in early spring.
100 Classic Hikes in Southern California

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100 Classic Hikes in Southern California

by Allen Riedel (The Mountaineers Books)

Jordan Peak Lookout was built in 1934 and is still operated by paid staff during the fire season. At 9115 feet, it has the distinction of being one of the highest lookouts in California. It also affords one of the most dramatic 360-degree views the region has to offer. Near the summit grows a cluster of beautiful fawn lilies. The wildflowers, quite rare in these parts, can provide a stunning display in early spring.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Camp Nelson
Length: 1.75
Elevation Gain: 550 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Late spring to fall
Trailhead Elevation: 8,550 feet
Top Elevation: 9,115 feet
Local Contacts: Sequoia National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Camp Nelson
Topo Map: Jordan Peak Lookout Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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9/15/2012

Unbelievable views- well worth the long and winding road to get to the trailhead. Not a difficult or long hike, but use caution when driving in. We drove our Prius and made it without a problem, but the road leading up to the trail is not paved and would be best for a vehicle with a little more ground clearance.

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