Santa Margarita Peak  Elev. 3189 ft./972 m. An L-1600 Series 30′ steel K-Brace tower with a Region 5 C3 14’x14′ live in wood cab was built here in 1935. In 1965, this was replaced with a Forest Service Standard CL-104 series lookout: an L-1600 series 30′ steel K-Brace tower with CL-30 13’x13′ live in steel cab. The lookout was known as both Santa Margarita and Margarita Peak Lookout. The CCC built the original structure. The 1965 lookout was burned over in a 1986 wildfire and destroyed by collision with a Marine Corps helicopter in 1988. Margarita is at the southern edge of the Trabuco District, on the north boundary of Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base.

Santa Margarita 1935
Santa Margarita 1988 Marine Helicopter Crash