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Piute Lookout

(UTM 767270)

Piute Lookout is located in Kern County, about 12 miles southeast of the town of Lake Isabella, 165 miles from Los Angeles. It is in Sequoia National Forest. Piute Lookout was added to the HPS Peak List in 1969. In 2002, the recognized summit (for purposes of HPS peakbagging) was briefly moved to nearby Piute Peak, then returned to the historical lookout site. See the Summit Signature for more history and some background about the name of the peak.

Peak Guides
HPS has one documented route to the peak. Route 1 is ½ mile round trip with a total of 200' of gain, all on road. Of course, if you're looking for more of a work out or value the paint on your car, you may opt to park on the main Piute Mountain road and walk the final few miles.

Older Peak Guides (routes may no longer be legal or safe, use caution!): 1972, 1974, 1992, Microsoft Word version from 2002 (Piute Lookout) and Microsoft Word version from 2002 (Piute Mountain).

Piute Lookout
Photo by Janet Howell

Maps! Lots of maps!

Current Conditions

Trip Reports from our Archives

Emblems earned on Piute Lookout and Peak
  • 1980 or 1981, Piute Lookout - Raymond Brown, 200 Peaks Bar #159
  • 16 October 1993, Piute Lookout - Roy Stewart, 1000 Peaks Emblem #17
  • 12 May 2002, Piute Peak - Laura Joseph, First List Completion #230

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