Butler Peak Fire Lookout (elev. 8,535 ft.) is located in the San Bernardino Mountains between the towns of Green Valley Lake and Fawnskin. Butler Peak was named after George E. Butler, a local politician and Bear Valley property owner. In 1970 lookout staff member Eileen McMahon spotted the devastating Bear Fire that destroyed 49 homes and burned 53,000 acres from a point just south of Big Bear Dam to the San Bernardino Valley.
This tower is open to visitors from Memorial Day to November, but it is located at a higher elevation and the dirt access road and trail have been known to have up to five feet of snow as late as July 4.
On the North Shore of Big Bear Lake, take Highway 38 to Fawnskin. Watch for signs for Forest Road 3N14. Follow 3N14 (it will change from paved to dirt) to a junction with Forest Road 2N13. Turn left on 2N13 and follow until junction with Forest Road 2N13C. This last road takes you to Butler Peak. High clearance vehicles are recommended.