Red Mountain Lookout
The Red Mountain Lookout had its Grand Re-Opening on June 5, 1999.
Red Mountain (elev. 4,573ft) is located in the southern part of the San Bernardino National Forest southeast of Hemet. Besides having the best views of the southern San Jacinto Mountains. Red Mountain also overlooks parts of the town of Anza, the Cahuilla Indian Reservation, Reed Valley, Bautista Canyon, and has a great view of the new Diamond Valley Reservoir.
Red Mountain is the youngest lookout on the San Bernardino National Forest and was constructed in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.The mountain itself is so named for the distinctive red granite that is found on its peak.
Though low in elevation and relatively close to the surrounding populated areas, it is host to some of the best wildlife viewing of all the lookouts with an abundance of deer and other critters. Red Mountain is definitely a lookout for the more adventuresome! From Tripp Flats it's a 9-mile dirt road to the lookout.
The Red Mountain Lookout Leader is Eileen Phillips.
Please check with the Fire Lookout coordinator to ensure that the lookout is staffed before making your trip to visit Red Mountain.
Take Highway 243 south from Idyllwild, continue on Highway 74 (toward Palm Desert). Turn on Highway 371 toward Anza. Turn right onto Cary Road, go 5 miles, turn left on the dirt road toward Tripp Flats Fire Station, and follow Forest Road 6S22 for 9 more miles to the lookout.
From the Temecula area, heading south on US 15, get off the freeway at Hwy 79. Go east on
Hwy 79 to Hwy 371. Take Hwy 371 northeast toward Anza. Before reaching Anza and
immediately after passing the Cahuilla Creek Indian Reservation Casino, turn left onto Cary
Road, go 5 miles, turn left on the dirt road toward Tripp Flats Fire Station, and follow Forest
Road 6S22 for 9 more miles to the lookout.