Latour Butte Lookout lies in the Latour State Forest just East of Whitmore California. Unfortunately, it is rarely accessible as there are brief stretches of private land that are gated closed most of the time due to the current fire danger. However, if you are lucky enough to find an unobstructed route to the top it is well worth it.

Many fire lookouts today have the top deck either locked all the time, or they are manned by people that lock them due to covid. Not so with Latour Butte Lookout, the stairs are open to the top deck for a nice set of views. When we went the view was somewhat smokey so we had a less than clear view of even the Mt. Lassen area 20 to 30 miles away.

I attempted to ride this again 06/22 but the only route I know of was gated with a new gate, and heavily signed. Even though that is a disappointment, the ride to Latour is stellar. The dirt/gravel roads are in good condition with many options for a day’s worth of riding.