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Jordan Peak Lookout

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historic lookout, 360 views of Great Western Divide and Sequoia NM, wildflowers
Near:Camp Nelson, CA
Distance:1.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:600 ft
Hike Time:1 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This is a short peaceful hike along a shady mountainside. The short trip gains 600 feet in 3/4 of a mile, so it is steep, but all switchbacks and they are nicely graded. You might feel the elevation on this one though, especially if you are traveling in from sea level. The lookout tower clocks in at 9115' which is high enough to make some people sick.

If you are not used to elevation, it might give you shortness of breath.

The lookout was built in the 1930's and is quite a sight.

The views from the top are noteworthy.

Trailhead: Take Highway 190 from Porterville. A few miles past Camp Nelson and just before Quaking Aspen Campground, turn left onto Forest Road 21S50. Follow 21S50 for nearly 5 miles. Veer left onto 20S50 and follow it for 3 miles and make a left onto Forest Road 20S71. It is signed for Jordan Peak Lookout.

The road ends in a circular parking lot. The trailhead is marked with a broken sign.

The roads are very well maintained and a passenger car is more than adequate to drive to the trailhead. (Lat:36.18201 Lon:-118.59768)

Trail Guides for Jordan Peak Lookout:
California Hiking
by Tom Sinestra and Ann Marie Brown (Avalon Travel)

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Sequoia National Monument (formerly forest) (760)376-3781
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted  123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Fernando on 5/3/2013
Amazing 360 view of the canyon. Don't recommend bike too much ground cover. The lady that lives there is very helpful and informative. Hours are 9:30am-6pm Friday - Tuesdays. No visitors during thunder storms. Make sure you drive to the very end of 20S71 or it is a long walk and easy to get lost there.

Reviewed by MDC on 6/4/2009
Great view at top. The lookout was surrounded with large deep patches of snow in June. Interesting 'forest' flora in initial part of hike. Fairly steep, but as the sign said 3/4 no big whup!

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