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Lookout! No. 4: McPherson Peak

Fourth in a Series

McPherson Peak

McPherson Peak, 1984. Photo courtesy ewalkerphotography.com

The lookout atop McPherson Peak — removed in the late 1980s and supplanted by communication arrays — was of the same vintage as that still atop Frazier Mountain. Given the views McPherson Peak commands (or, perhaps more accurately, its prominence), the lookout was situated on the ground rather than atop any real tower assembly.

Views of the Cuyama River Valley, the Caliente Range, and even the southern Sierra Nevada are fine from this vantage point.

Upper Aliso Trailhead

Nico, ADig, ZK, and I — along with four of the pack — made our way up to the peak via the McPherson (Aliso Cyn) trail a few months ago, and in the snow and slush found a site now dominated by US Air Force communication arrays and their accompanying outbuildings. Like Mt. Piños, this site serves as something of a relay between Edwards and Vandenberg AFBs.


The cistern behind the intrepid bearded trekker shown at the top photo is the same as that on which the next-gen intrepid bearded trekker shown below stands.


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2 Responses to Lookout! No. 4: McPherson Peak

  1. EMW says:

    No better fate is possible for that old McPherson shot than to be part of the Craig R. Carey Lookout! series. The route that day in 1984 was also via the Aliso Canyon trail through Hog Pen Spring. Time marches on: the old wooden lookout has faded into history and the peak has gone hi-tech.

    • Ben says:

      I was wondering if anyone knows the background story of the old white wooden cross up the hill side from the path that leads to hog pen springs from aliso park. the cross is about 3 feet tall and has a cowboy hat on it.

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