The Girard Ridge Lookout was constructed in 1931 and used by the Forest Service on a regular basis until 1981. Located above the Sacramento River Canyon at a height of 4,809 feet, the views are simply eye popping. To the north spectacular views of Mount Shasta are seen, to the west the gray spires of the Castle Crags frame almost the entire view, and to the southeast there is a distant silhouette of Lassen Peak.
Special fire restrictions limit the use of campfires, charcoal fires, smoking, and operation of most internal combustion engines. The use of portable stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed with a valid California campfire permit. Renter can obtain a free California campfire permit at any Forest Service, CalFire or Bureau of Land Management office. Smoking is prohibited within the lookout, smoke only in vehicles, or an area cleared of all flammable material. Fireworks are prohibited on all National Forest lands.
Rentals & Guides:
The Girard Ridge Lookout is located near Dunsmuir (north of Redding) on a ridge directly to the east of Interstate 5. In 1997/98, the lookout was restored to its original character by the Forest Service and volunteers from the Castle Crags Interpretive Association, Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce, Dunsmuir Schools and donations from local building contractors and business. It is now being offered as an overnight retreat for personal recreational use.
Current Conditions: Access road is blocked by snow.
Operational Hours: June through October
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Toilets
Fees: $75 per night
Closest Towns: Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta
Operated By: US Forest Service
McCloud Ranger Station,
P.O. Box 1620, McCloud,