Butler Peak Fire Lookout (elev. 8,535 ft.) is located in the San Bernardino Mountains between the towns of Green Valley Lake and Fawnskin.
Butler Peak was named after George E. Butler, a local politician and Bear Valley property owner. In 1970 lookout staff member Ilene McMahon spotted the devastating Bear Fire that destroyed 49 homes and burned 53,000 acres from a point just south of Big Bear Dam to the San Bernardino Valley.
Visitors are welcome to come up to the top to view and learn about the mountains, use the Osborne Fire Finder and learn about fire prevention. Butler peak has spectacular views of Keller Peak, Snow Valley and the Big Bear Valley.
The tower season is from Memorial Day to November but this particular tower is located in higher elevations and the dirt road and trail to the tower has been known to have up to five feet of snow as late as July 4.
The Butler Peak Lookout will open to the public on May 21, 2016.
On the North Shore of Big Bear Lake, take Highway 38 to Fawnskin. Watch for signs for Forest Road 3N14. Follow 3N14 (it will change from paved to dirt) to a junction with Forest Road 2N13. Turn left on 2N13 and follow until junction with Forest Road 2N13C. This last road takes you to Butler Peak. High clearance vehicles are recommended.