California Points of Interest

Buck Rock Lookout

Located in the Sequoia National Forest, Buck Rock Lookout sits perched atop a granite dome and offers a breathtaking view of the Great Western Divide and other spectacular high mountain peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Access to the top is via a series of stair flights (consisting of 172 steps) suspended from the side of the rock.  The current lookout building was constructed in 1923 and is historically significant as a representation of the earliest 4-A style live-in cabs of which there are only three in existence in the world today.

Why is the lookout named Buck Rock?  Legend has it that if you look at the rock from a certain angle, you can see the profile of an Indian warrior.  In times gone by, we use to call male Indians “bucks” – thus the name.  Native Americans referred to the rock as “Finger Rock”.


Points of Interest
Boole Tree
Buck Rock Lookout
Converse Basin Grove
Delilah Lookout
Indian Basin Grove
Junction View
Marble Mountain View
McGee Overlook

Nearby Camping
Location Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Convict Flat 5 3,143 ft
Dorst Creek - Sequoia National Park 218 6,751 ft
Lily Pad 15 6,553 ft
Potwisha - Sequoia National Park 43 2,101 ft
Upper Stony Creek 18 6,521 ft
Princess 88 5,868 ft
Sunset - Kings Canyon National Park 157 6,537 ft
Azalea - Kings Canyon National Park 110 6,532 ft
Lodgepole - Sequoia National Park 214 6,726 ft
Eastern Big Meadow Road 24 7,622 ft
Crystal Springs - Kings Canyon National Park 36 6,618 ft
Eshom 23 4,843 ft
Stony Creek 49 6,425 ft
Tenmile 13 5,819 ft
Buck Rock 5 7,730 ft
Buckeye Flat - Sequoia National Park 28 2,828 ft
Hume Lake 74 5,274 ft
Landslide 9 5,772 ft