Knob Peak Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Although Knob Peak Fire Lookout is only a short distance from California 36, it seems a world away. In dry weather, passenger vehicles can generally reach the lookout. The lookout stopped operating in the 1990s and was restored by the forest service in 2002. It is now available for overnight rentals. Please respect the privacy of people who may be renting the lookout. There is a closure gate 0.2 miles short of the tower. If the gate is closed, it is only a short hike to the top. Panoramic views from the lookout include Mount Shasta to the north, Lassen Peak to the east, the Trinity Alps Wilderness to the northwest, and the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness to the south. Special Attractions: Excellent views from Knob Peak Fire Lookout; Easy shelf road suitable for all vehicles in dry weather. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."