Hirz Lookout



Start Date


End Date


Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


United States



Hirz Mountain Lookout perches atop the stunning and diverse beauty of northern California's Shasta Trinity National Forest. Volunteers on this project will enjoy the 360-degree view from the tower. What we today call Hirz Mountain held special significance for the area's Wintu tribe, but its modern name comes from Henry Hirz, a miner who came to the area in the 1860s. According to the Forest Service, "when the lookout was built, it was originally a structure that sat on the ground. The mountain was a strategic location for detecting fires because it had a direct view into the headwaters of the McCloud River and most of its tributaries. In 1937, the Forest Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) rebuilt the Hirz Mountain Lookout cabin and included a garage and outhouse. It was one of the last CCC-era lookouts to be built. In 1949, a steel tower was added, constructed of a steel K-brace tower that stands 20 feet above ground level" (source).

You can learn more about the Hirz Lookout from the US Forest Service here.

SCOPE OF WORK: In order to rehabilitate the lookout and prepare it for overnight rentals, volunteers will work closely with field staff to learn historic preservation skills and techniques, including:

  1. Repair and rehabilitate windows and shutters: 25%
  2. Install new flooring: 20%
  3. Rehabilitate cabinets: 15%
  4. Repair and repaint siding: 15%
  5. Install new fencing on catwalk railing and repaint: 15%
  6. Replace deteriorated walkboards and repaint: 5%
  7. Replace deteriorated door: 5%

WHERE: Trinity County, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, CA. The Hirz Lookout is located near the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake. View a map of the lookout's location here. The final quarter-mile to the top of the mountain is best accessed by a 4WD vehicle, and volunteers can choose to walk it, ride in the truck (limited space), or bring a 4WD vehicle.

LODGING/CAMPING: Volunteers may stay in the nearby Hirz Cabin, or camp onsite in a tent or small RV/trailer. Details about the cabin can be found here.

Hirz Cabin Coordinates: 40.87409, -122.23562

Hirz Mountain Lookout Coordinates:  40.89705, -122.2464728

Nearest town: Redding, CA is about 45 minutes away. This is a large city and has all amenities.

Watch a video about the Shasta-Trinity National Forest here!


  • Please visit our Volunteer Information and FAQs page for general information.
  • Plan to arrive between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the first day of your project session.
  • If camping, volunteers will need to bring their own camping equipment, including tent with rainfly and groundcloth, and sleeping bag and pad.
  • If staying in the cabin, volunteers will need to bring bedding, towels, and a pillow.
  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with meals including: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and snacks.
  • Field staff will train volunteers in the project work. All tools are provided. Please do not bring your own tools – we don’t want them to get lost!
  • Volunteers are responsible for their transportation to the campsite and jobsite.
  • Volunteers must come prepared with proper attire including: sturdy work shoes, long pants and a work shirt.
  • Are you interested in earning a hands-on education in historic preservation? This project counts towards the HistoriCorps Institute Certificate of Achievement in Heritage Conservation and Construction, contact Jamie Tobias at jtobias@historicorps.org, or enroll online today!

Remember, we can't do it without you - truly! HistoriCorps projects require a lot of careful preparation and planning for volunteers, and we carefully orchestrate our work and meal plans around your registration. When you register, we take it seriously and understand that you are committed to joining us for the full project duration. So before you complete your registration, kindly remember to double-check the calendar, project location, and scope of work to make sure it's a good fit for you (and if you're not sure, give us a call! We are here to help).

You will know if you have successfully registered if you receive an auto-generated email and/or a HistoriCorps staff member greets you. The majority of our communications with you will be via email, so please do check your spam/junk folders to make sure you're getting information from us!

If you have any further questions, please contact Liz Rice at lrice@historicorps.org or at 720-287-0100 ext. 231. Thank you for your interest in this project!

HistoriCorps is a service learning partner of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture committed to the preservation and stewardship of significant resources on public lands.

  • Session 1
  • September 16, 2018 - September 21, 2018
  • Session 2
  • September 23, 2018 - September 28, 2018


  • Training Provided
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  • International Volunteers