The Boucher Hill
Fire Lookout is located within Palomar Mountain State
Park at an elevation of 5438 feet in northern San
Diego County. According to the CDF Lookout Survey of
1991, a tower has been located on Boucher Hill since
Original Forest Service
Lookout built in the 1920s.
The third and current tower, shown
below, was constructed and placed in service in 1948,
and was last in service in 1983.
With a 16x16 foot base and a height
of 30 feet, the current lookout is a splendid example
of a California Department of Forestry and Fire
Protection (CDF now known as CalFire) 809R design.
The 1934 Tower was
transferred to CDF in 1936.
Work has begun to fully
restore the current tower, not only to enhance it as
an historic and interpretive site, but also to
re-commission it as a fully functioning fire lookout.
When the current
structural work is complete, the tower will transfer
to the California State Parks, who will work with the
Forest Fire Lookout Association - San Diego-Riverside
to finish the lookout and re-open it for fire
Go here to follow the progress of the