top of page
Milky Way over the lookout.jpeg

Welcome to
Hi Mountain.

Thank you for visiting the Hi Mountain Condor Lookout, located in the heart of the Los Padres National Forest. The Lookout project is a collaborative effort between the Morro Coast Audubon Society, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Pinnacles National ParkCal Poly San Luis Obispo, and the Ventana Wildlife Society.

About Us

We are now in our 20th year of service as a fully restored fire lookout, field research facility, and remote tracking station for the critically endangered California Condor. We offer seasonal internships, conduct local public outreach programs, and have an active volunteer base. 

Restored Lookout.jpg

Where are we?

Hi Mountain Lookout is situated at 3,198 ft. in Los Padres National Forest, in between the Santa Lucia and Garcia Wildernesses. While visits to Hi Mountain Lookout area are encouraged, the lookout, visitors center, and gate are all closed due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. We hope to open for visits soon!


Volunteer Opportunities

Hi Mountain has an active volunteer base and is always looking for enthusiastic newcomers! 


Explore the local wildlife!

A Bobcat (Lynx rufus) and kitten at Hi Mountain Lookout

Hi Mountain is part of a very diverse ecosystem, home to many different birds, mammals, herps, and plants.

Sunset pano lookout.jpg
bottom of page