American Camp Lookout

Total Miles


1,035.71 ft


2 Hours

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Best Time

Summer, Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

This is a super pretty drive as it descends into the canyons and back up to the mountaintops. On your way to the lookout, you will drive through the Italian Bar/Lost Dutchman Mining Camp, which is a cool place to either pay to camp or you can pay and go gold panning in the river. After leaving there, you go back up the hill and to the American Camp Lookout. This is an epic view from the base of the fire tower and a good spot to camp as well. It does get muddy and rutted so be ready to get dirty!


Some parts of this trail are just forest roads, but the final part of the trail to the tower can be rutted out and muddy. 4x4 is recommended as well as a vehicle with clearance. There are some rocky sections as well but nothing too crazy that an average 4x4 couldn't handle.

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Access Description

The easiest way to get here is from Columbia. Take Italian Bar Road all the way from Columbia to the trail start. It can also be accessed from the Camp 9 Road entrance.

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