Description

Just 40 miles from the quaint mountain town of Truckee in the Tahoe National Forest, you can get your starry skies on at the Calpine Fire Lookout. For winter adventures the tower is ideally suited for skis or snowmobiles. In the summertime you can explore the foothills, and nearby lakes. The lookout features a wraparound porch with unending views, and the cozy interior is Continue reading...
Just 40 miles from the quaint mountain town of Truckee in the Tahoe National Forest, you can get your starry skies on at the Calpine Fire Lookout. For winter adventures the tower is ideally suited for skis or snowmobiles. In the summertime you can explore the foothills, and nearby lakes. The lookout features a wraparound porch with unending views, and the cozy interior is decked out with two single beds, propane lights, sink, a stove, and an oven. Just be sure to book six months in advance, and try to time it right along with a meteor shower!
Accomodation provided
Cabin
No. of sites
1
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to people per site
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Picnic table available
No RV hookup
Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Swimming
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching
Surfing

The vibe at Calpine Lookout

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Hipcamper Brandon & Marsha

Was fortunate enough to book this for a January 2018 winter camp out (high demand took over 2 years to get a reservation). It was our first time and was by far one of the coolest places. Awesome views and so pretty in a snow storm. Fire Tower had cell phone service (not sure if that’s good or bad) & was surprisingly well stocked with all kinds of items including: gas heater, gas stove, & gas lights (gas is provided), Dishes, cookware, sink, comfy 6” mattress pads, and a variety of knick knacks like books, games, etc. Couple items that were not included: a shovel for the snow/ice on stairs (salt is provided), a head lamp, spare mantles for gas lanterns, matches, & plenty of water. Also: there are 2 gate codes that you need to call to get.

Park
Tahoe National Forest
State
California
Phone Number
(530) 994-3401
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
39.679° N, 120.463° W
Unknown price
Cabin & Lodging: 1 Site
(Up to people per site)