united states forest serviceSponsored by: Tahoe National Forest

Join us on the Grouse Ridge Fire Lookout Tower project for stunning views and the opportunity to preserve a piece of American history!

Session Dates:

Session 1: Tuesday, July 5th - Sunday, July 10th grouse ridge 1

*Please arrive at the campsite after 6:00pm on Tuesday, July 5th to meet the field staff and set up camp. Project work will begin at 8:00am on Wednesday, July 6th. The session will end at 1:00pm on Sunday, July 10th.

Session 2: Tuesday, July 12th - Sunday, July 17th

*Please arrive at the project site after 6:00pm Tuesday, July 12th to meet the field staff and set up camp. Project work will begin at 8:00am on Wednesday, July 13th. The session will end at 1:00pm on Sunday, July 17th.

Scope of Work:Grouse Ridge fall 2014

Project participants will be working with HistoriCorps’ staff on tasks including:

  • Reroof building with composition asphalt shingles;
  • Install windows;
  • Install siding;
  • Fabricate onsite stairs and railing;
  • Finish construction of catwalk deck and railing;
  • Paint interior and exterior of cab.


GrouseRidge_1032Grouse Ridge Lookout, located at 7711 feet in the central part of the Tahoe Nation Forest, is one of the oldest lookouts. It was built in 1923 and was last used in the 1970’s. Unusual characteristics of the 14 ft. x 14 ft. cab include a steep 12/12 pitch roof and five windows per wall. This design was a forerunner of the popular L-4 model. However, since the lookout was last used, winter storms, summer sun and vandals have taken their toll on the structure. On the exterior, the siding, foundation and roof are all in need of substantial repair work. Volunteers started restoring the beloved site in 2009 and HistoriCorps is excited to continue with the work in 2016!

Since the early 1900’s lookouts have been a part of the western landscape – serving as a platform for early forest observers – watching for tell-tale wisps of smoke of possible wildfires. In the Tahoe National Forest, more than 20 lookouts were constructed over the years. As communication systems improved, the number of staffed lookouts has decreased. Once restored, the lookout will be added to the facilities available as a rental by the Forest Service.

Click here to read more about the lookout tower.

Project Location:

Grouse Ridge Fire Lookout Tower is located within the Tahoe National Forest in Nevada County, California. It is situated at the top of Grouse Ridge, at the end of the hike along Grouse Ridge Trail.

Accommodations, meals, attire and travel:

  • Volunteers will be provided with free camping at the Grouse Ridge Campground. The campsite is equipped with a vault toilet and no showers. Additional information about the campsite is located here.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own camping supplies including: tent, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries.
  • Volunteers are responsible for their transportation to and from the project.
  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and snacks.
  • The work day will last from 8:00am – 5:00pm with breaks for lunch, snacks and water in between.
  • Volunteers must come prepared with proper attire including: sturdy work shoes, long pants and a work shirt.

Age Requirements:

14 years old and above

Volunteers Needed:

8 volunteers per session

If you have any difficulties registering, please CLICK HERE or contact Rebecca Curry at rcurry@historicorps.org or 303-893-4260 ext 231. 

  • Session 1
    July 5, 2016 - July 10, 2016
  • Session 2
    July 12, 2016 - July 17, 2016