Camp Out at Little Mt. Hoffman Lookout

Little Mt. Hoffman Lookout

Uninterrupted, unrestricted, endless views for just you and three of your friends.

If you've never stayed in a lookout, you should. It's not a thrilling get your adrenaline type of adventure, but more of a private, secluded, let's enjoy epic views and incredible company type of get away.

Little Mt. Hoffman lookout is one of a few remaining historic lookouts that was built in the 1920's and used by the forest service. Today, the handful that remain in the country can be rented and used as a minimalistic camping alternative. It runs at about $75 a night, so it isn't as cheap as a $20 campsite, but the views and privacy are definitely worth the price.

You can get there in any vehicle, but please be warned that the last 4 or 5 miles of the trip are on unpaved, uneven, unmaintained roads. It would be to your benefit to have a high clearance vehicle.

The lookout cabin itself is 14x14 and sits at the top of the Little Mt. Hoffman cinder cone. It has a max capacity limit of 4 persons. The cabin has windows all around and a cute little classic wood stove inside to keep you warm at night. There is also a fire pit outside and several yards away you'll find a pit toilet. 

Using the fire pit requires you to have a permit, so don't forget to grab one before you head up. There is limited cell service once you arrive, but I highly recommend, switching that phone off and just losing yourself in the beauty of the panoramic views. 

Sunrise and sunset are equally as stunning, both offering such breathtaking views. Force yourself outside and you won't regret it. There is a crystal clear view of Mt. Shasta.

There are two twin beds provided, a desk and a chair and ample table top space for cooking. You must bring your own stove, bedding (sleeping bag/pillow/blankets), wood, cookware, etc. 

It is important to note that this lookout is known to have bees floating around aimlessly. If you can ignore the buzz, they won't kill yours. 

You can make your reservation here: https://www.recreation.gov/cam...

Pack List

  • Bedding (Sleeping Bag, Pillow, Blanket)
  • Cookware
  • Water (ZERO running water/no access to filter water)
  • Food
  • Snacks
  • Firewood
  • Camera Gear: tripod, batteries, lens (telephoto lens; this is a great spot for bird watching, wide angle), filters
  • Binoculars (reference above)
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Romantic
Scenic

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Cant beat the Views!

There's a reason that Lookouts are placed where they are! Great opportunity to get someone further "out there" who isn't yet sure of actually getting "down and dirty".


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