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Observation Peak

Observation Peak

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Object Title: Observation Peak


Page By: Dennis Poulin

Created/Edited: Dec 8, 2009 / Dec 8, 2009

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Observation Peak is located in northeastern California, north of Susanville. Observation Peak is a rough drive up to a fire lookout. The access is has several miles of rocky access road that mandates a very slow approach. High Clearance is recommended for access, but any truck should be able to negotiate the road.

There is a manned fire lookout on the summit and the guy was very welcoming. He told me the entire mountain burned over a few years ago. 6/22/2006



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mlarkin2002Don't bother with the road

Voted 10/10

As the beta on the page says, I would agree with the statement that "any truck should be able to negotiate the road", but what's the point? The road is about 6 miles long, and is in such poor shape (as of 10/2010) that your average speed will be about 3-4mph. Most SPers in decent shape can walk faster than that. I have a 4WD Jeep Wrangler (and know how to drive it), and it took nearly 2h to go up and back down from Horn road.

My advice - park at the gate and walk up.
Posted Oct 21, 2010 6:32 pm

AlSandorffI've driven worse

Hasn't voted

I just did it in one hour each way with a Jeep Liberty, however I got a flat tire on the way up. Turns out that the flat was from a nail into the sidewall, tire not fixable.
Posted Feb 12, 2012 2:48 am

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