Fourth in a Series
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.
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.