Location: Santa Barbara County, California
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 them (1987).
Name first appears on GLO State of California map (1907).
Peak was on the original 1946 HPS Peak List.