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Long Hike even after a long drive

Drove my car a lot of the way. But a few of the rocks let me know it was better to hike the rest of... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2018
Sedona, Arizona
Outstanding Lookout Experience

What a fun time we had taking our jeep up the dirt road to the parking area and then making the... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
Los Angeles, California
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Between the towns of Green Valley Lake and Fawnskin, Big Bear Lake, CA
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

Drove my car a lot of the way. But a few of the rocks let me know it was better to hike the rest of the way... About 7 miles from were I left the car. The FOF Friends Of Forest volenteers were in the...More

Thank tomshoe2
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Butler peak is perched on a large rock with a 360 degree view. This is used as a fire lookout station. Closed in the winter. Definitely worth the drive.

Thank paul s
Reviewed 10 November 2017

What a fun time we had taking our jeep up the dirt road to the parking area and then making the short hike up to the lookout! There were two sets of stairs to navigate -- just the kind I hate with see through risers....More

1  Thank CacheOn
Reviewed 29 August 2017

I would recommend this to anyone interested in getting a rewarding hike in. Rewarding in the sense of taking in amazing views while stretching the legs at altitude. Most people either drove their jeeps/all terrain vehicles up to the look out. However, having a standard...More

2  Thank Zserge91
Reviewed 27 July 2017

This is a great, off the path gem of a place and depending on the docents who are volunteering at the tower, it can be a 5+ stars experience. Yes, it can take a bit of perseverance to drive to the base of the tower...More

1  Thank waterspit
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I love hiking up this peak to the lookout tower....such an awesome view from here! I think it is now available for volunteers to stay and be on watch for forest fires.

Thank Dionne O
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We've done this several times in years past. We go early, when we won't be meeting other cars going down the road when we're going up. It was closed for 3 or 4 years due to a nearby forest fire. I think it might be...More

2  Thank Siameseldy
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Butler Peak opened up again after 7 or so years this past spring/summer. Was nice to go up last summer in 4WD and on licensed dirt bike to see it again. You can also go up by hiking (long) or mountain bike. The Fire Lookout...More

1  Thank Robin S
Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Butler Peak Lookout is perched atop one of the highest points in the San Bernardino range between Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. The access road had been closed for some time due to damage sustained from fire and subsequent erosion. The road has...More

1  Thank rharch
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is NOT for those with altitude issues or afraid of heights, this scared the bejesus out of me. However, If I can do it, so can you!!! The view is magnificent!

2  Thank catbatham
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Response from Dionne O | Reviewed this property |
The trails will be open if we do not have snow. Once the snow falls, the trails are closed for the winter.