Morton Peak Lookout
Morton Peak Lookout is located off Hwy 38, overlooking the cities of
Yucaipa and Mentone. Though it is one of the lowest lookouts (elevation 4624 feet), it has
spectacular views of Mill Creek leading up to Forest Falls as well as surrounding views of Mt.
Meadows, Keller Cliffs, and the San Bernardino Valley. On clear days
you can even see downtown
Morton Peak gets its name from a Redlands resident by the name of R.B. Morton. Originally built in 1934, the lookout was destroyed by the Morton fire of 1959. Staffing the lookout that day was Aleta Johnson who was airlifted to safety before the tower went up in flames. The tower was rebuilt in 1961 and closed in the 1970s. In 2001 the lookout tower was refurbished and weather permitting is staffed year round.
The Morton Peak Lookout Leader is Al Brown.
From Redlands/Mentone, take Hwy 38 toward Forest Falls - Big Bear. Approximately 1.5 miles past the Mill Creek Ranger Station and across from the Vista Point parking area turn left and goes up dirt road 1N12. High clearance vehicles are recommended! Go approximately 1.5 miles to the gate (on left). Morton is located about another 1.5 miles past the gate on the top of the peak.
The overnight experience for the public at Morton Peak Lookout is no longer available.