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McPherson Peak -


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Sierra Madre Mountains

Elevation: 5749 feet. The mountain was named for a pioneer family of several members who homesteaded in the area at a early date. A communication facility is located on top of the peak.


Jim Blakley Notes
The mountain was named for a pioneer family of several members who homesteaded in the area at a early date. A communication facility is located on top of the peak. Years ago the Forest Service maintained a fire lookout on the peak but now all that is left of the facility is a large concrete tank used to catch rain water for use at the Iookout. The facility was built August 22, 1934 and burned April 7, 1987. Excellent views from the peaks are, to the north the Cuyama Valley, to the east the Mt. Pinos area and to the south the Sisquoc River Valley.

Sierra Club Hundred Peaks Section Notes
Named for a local homesteader, an H. M. McPherson who lived by this peak on the Cuyama side (ca 1880's). Nearby Hogpen Spring is so named because he kept his livestock there. He was accidentally killed here by shotgun while hunting. Not named for Civil War General James Birdseye McPherson (1828-1964), or Jeanne Macpherson (an early Hollywood screenwriter). Nor is there any known connection between this person and the second husband of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson (1880-1940).

The USFS built a fire lookout here consisting of a 14' by 14' wood cab (1934), removed by the FS in 1987.
Name first appears on GLO State of California map (1907).



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Last Updated: Saturday, December 20, 2014