Sardine Peak Lookout

Sardine Peak Lookout

The Sardine Peak Lookout location is in Sierraville, California
96126. This page provides detailed contact information for this campground location including the campground phone number, office hours, reservation information and driving directions.

If you have any questions about the Sardine Peak Lookout facility, or if you need to reserve a campsite, then call the campground listed below.

Sierraville Ranger District
317 South Lincoln St (Hwy 89)

Phone number
(530) 994-3401


Campground information Sierraville, California


Sardine Peak is a forest fire lookout tower that was constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It is a three story enclosed tower with external stairs. Presently the top room or observation cab is the only rentable space. Sardine sits at an elevation of 8,138 feet in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of Tahoe National Forest, approximately 20 miles from Truckee, California. The lookout does not have electricity, water or garbage service. It does have a propane tank to operate propane-powered appliances.


Hiking, mountain biking and off road vehicle use are popular around this lookout. Stampede and Boca Reservoirs are nearby for fishing, boating and swimming.


The interior of the cab is 14 feet long and 14 feet wide and contains two twin beds, a dry sink, a table and four chairs, three propane lights, a propane cast iron heat stove and a propane stove/oven for cooking. A limited assortment of cooking utensils, pots and pans are provided. There is an accessible vault toilet, a picnic table and fire ring are located outside below the lookout. Firewood is not provided. Visitors need to bring their own bedding, toilet paper and other personal items.

Natural Features

The lookout tower sits on a mountain top with spectacular views of Stampede Reservoir, Boca Reservoir, Sardine Valley, Independence Lake, the top of the Sierra Buttes and western Nevada.

Nearby Attractions

Kyburz Flat Interpretive Area, The Boca Townsite Interpretive Area, and a mountain bike loop within Sardine Valley are all nearby.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sierraville Ranger District Sierraville, CA

How do I make a reservation with Sardine Peak Lookout?

To make reservations at Sardine Peak Lookout, you can call the office at (530) 994-3401.

Where is Sardine Peak Lookout located?

The Sardine Peak Lookout is located at Sierraville Ranger District 317 South Lincoln St (Hwy 89) in Sierraville,
. This is the location you will need to go to for camping and information.

Does Sardine Peak Lookout have tent or RV camping?

Sardine Peak Lookout offers both tent and RV camping, but to confirm you will need to call the office at (530) 994-3401 to make sure things haven’t changed.

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