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seanoStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 18, 2014


Cool-looking peak! It's too bad they put up a lookout and stairs, as it would be a challenge otherwise. Trip report.
Posted May 29, 2014 2:56 pm

A BitPacker Saddle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2014

A Bit

Plenty of snow still on the trail. The payoff - had the entire place to myself.
Posted May 20, 2014 6:33 pm

WayneFryWinter Ascent Sardine Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2014


Great winter ascent. Climbed with a team of three from Sardine lakes. Ascended the northeast gully to a point where we traversed into the central gully and worked our way to the top. We discovered a nice short steep chute that tops out right at the base of the staircase. Our descent route was via Young America lake.
Posted Mar 17, 2014 6:04 pm

labglovesFrom Sierra City  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2013


This peak was done as a loop hike from Sierra City proper (a bit under 14 miles). It was a very enjoyable hike on a spring day. However, this peak is probably more fun in the winter or summer.
Posted Mar 18, 2013 10:55 am

shaggypFrom Packer Saddle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2012


Nice hike, quite a few people enjoying the great weather. 4 of us with 3 dogs went up and back in less 4 hours including a 20ish minute break at the top to enjoy the views.
Posted Sep 24, 2012 12:44 pm

LincolnBTamarack Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2012


Drove the 4WD road to Tamarack Lakes and hiked from there -- but I wouldn't drive that route again; the road was too rough to be worth it. However I saw others parked within a half-mile of the summit -- apparently there are much easier roads. Spectacular geology at the top -- worth it hiking or driving. The stairs are steep but not nearly as freaky as the cables on Half Dome.
Posted Jul 24, 2012 8:08 pm

mengbofrom packer lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 20, 2012


day hike with jean.
Posted May 21, 2012 12:29 am

BCLFrom the South  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2012


We were able to drive to 6500' making for a reasonable day. The lookout was very cool. We would have liked to to stay longer on top but it was fairly cold due to the wind.
Posted Feb 20, 2012 9:22 am

smurfershort and worth it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2011


As you drive up, looking upon the steep eastern side of the Buttes it's hard to imagine how this is a short class 1. Then you gradually drive up and around to the gentle side that yields to a short and pleasant walk to the top. Stairs were really solid and no concerns unless maybe you had bad weather or ice.
Posted Jan 10, 2012 9:41 pm

ThePeteFun and easy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2011


Fairly gentle using the standard route up, easy to get to, and you drive most of the way to the top. The stairs were fun. We had beautiful weather, so maybe the stairs wouldn't be so nice on a cold/rainy/windy day?
Posted Jan 9, 2012 9:51 pm

danomikeNice fire lookout  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2006


Easy hike. Great views.
Posted Dec 20, 2011 4:16 pm

Katy YCrowds  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2011

Katy Y

Short, accessible hike; as such, lots of people. Great views and cool stuff to see...
Posted Aug 13, 2011 9:23 pm

BrendanHickeyGreat Summer hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2011


Awesome hike from Sardine Lakes campground via the Tamarack Connection trail. Trail was snow-free except for 1 six-foot section. That lookout looks scarier than it really is.
Posted Aug 9, 2011 12:58 pm

cdognice July hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2011


Had a nice hike up the Buttes from Packer Saddle. Still quite a few snow banks along the way for this time of year. We timed it good and had the lookout to ourselves, where we enjoyed the great views and got a kick out of how our dogs walked on the deck grating. Definitely the coolest lookout in California!
Posted Jul 18, 2011 9:30 am

soslawSouth Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 6, 2011


From the south. 3 hours car to car.
Posted May 7, 2011 8:54 pm

wmollandIcy Lookout  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2011


A fun climb up to the iced up lookout tower from about the 5000 foot level on the road and a wonderful snowboard down the broad bowl from its summit. Awesome peak!
Posted May 2, 2011 3:59 am

bigsuitpacker lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2010


short easy hike, incredible views, lassen stood out quite prominently, as did english mtn.
Posted Jul 14, 2010 12:08 am

mrchad9Like the lookout  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2006


Perhaps the coolest fire lookout I've ever seen. Hiked in the afternoon after Elwell on a 3 day weekend covering Lost Lake Ridge, Sugar Pine Peak, Ingalls, Elwell, this, Lola, and Lola North.
Posted May 9, 2010 6:00 am

Darren9Central north gully snow route  Sucess!


Sniffed out the most direct route we could find and climbed it in the snow. Was fun to top out at a steep side and traverse on rock and ice around to the "staircase"
Posted Nov 7, 2009 2:59 am

sierramtngoatPacker Saddle Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2009


Really easy hike with excellent views; hiked it with my wife Anna.
Posted Oct 13, 2009 5:16 am

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