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  • Jordan Peak Lookout

    Location: Western Divide Ranger District, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest

    Lat/Long: 36.18700°N / -118.5972°W

    Elevation: 9,115

    Open: June-October, Wed – Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Active Fire Lookout

    Jordan Peak is located in the Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument just to the north of Camp Nelson. It is the site of one of several staffed fire lookouts on the Forest. The hike to the top of the peak from the closest trailhead is short (3/4 mile) and at times steep (just enough to get your heart rate going) but the view from the top is outstanding!

    Jordan Peak was named for John Jordan who built a trail across the southern Sierra Nevada in 1861.

    You can see northward towards Dennison Peak, Moses Mountain, Maggie Mountain, Vandever Mountain and the other peaks near Mineral King.

    Looking east you can see all the way to Olancha Peak!

    Looking south you can see Slate Mountain and Mule Peak.

    Looking westward and on a clear day you can see all the way to the coast range of California.

    During the summer months (June through October, weather depending) the fire lookout may let you up into the tower and show you what his/her job is all about.

    Most Forest Service roads are closed by Nov. 15 and reopened late May or early June, depending on weather.

    Click here to find links to webcams pointed in different directions from Jordan Peak.

    For more information, check out the Buck Rock Foundation website at