Buck Rock Fire Lookout Trail

EASY 17 reviews

Buck Rock Fire Lookout Trail is a 8.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Springville, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and off road driving and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.6 miles
1,551 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


off road driving

trail running




6 months ago

Awesome place to go. Views are beautiful and road in has alot of places to stop and walk around. I've seen marmonts there at times. probably should have a truck or something with some ground clearance, trail can get a little rough at times.

off road driving
11 months ago

Last minute addition to a day trip to Hume Lake, and well worth it! I took my (2) sons, ages 4 and 1.5, and it was pretty easy! Awesome views and friendly staff made this the highlight of the day! I drove up in a stock 2000 Land Cruiser with no issues.

off road driving
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Great trail to a beautiful fire lookout with a long, incredible history. Completed in my Subaru Outback, it's not too far out of the way, and best views in the park.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I did this hike back in 91'. Had my 18 month old daughter on my back in her little backpack. Great views from up by the lookout. fairly easy trail

Sunday, March 05, 2017

The top view is definitely worth it!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Easy climb good for kids

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Great trail! I had the privilege to hike it in March of 2014. When hiking the trail, which had some pretty steep climbs on dirt paths, you're surrounded by beautiful and sweeping landscapes. As you summit the mountain and see the Fire Lookout the trees open up and you can see the surrounding ranges...it's a beautiful view. I hiked up to the lookout (it was closed because it wasn't in season) and the views from the staircase are AMAZING! Highly recommended for those who have little hiking experience but want a bit of a challenge.

off road driving
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

There were some difficult climbs, but bypasses are available. Really fun trail with some beautiful views. Completed in FJ with 3" suspension lift and stock Jeep Rubicon.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I mountain biked it. Gorgeous trail and views from the top of the historic tower were incredible.

off road driving
Sunday, July 15, 2012

We started from the turn off for Hume Lake 10 mile Drive Hwy 198 just south of the 180/198 junction and rode our dirt bike up and around to Buck Rock Lookout. I hike up to the lookout to enjoy the amazing view and visit with the ranger.We rode down to Big Meadows on the south side and rode out S1411 5 miles before retracting back to our truck. Lots of OHV trails and fire roads in the area. Pretty easy riding and beautiful scenery.

2 months ago

8 months ago

off road driving
11 months ago

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

off road driving
Friday, July 08, 2011