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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

bc44caesarPacker Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2009


Cool peak, nice views.
Posted Aug 13, 2009 7:11 pm

fedakFrom Packer Saddle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2009


Did this along with Mt Elwell later in the afternoon.
Pics are here.
Posted Jul 20, 2009 10:14 am

snowflakeSki Traverse


I've only done this twice, but a fun trip is to start at Bassets, ski up to Young America Lake via the Sardines, and then veer right and follow the ridge to top out just below the lookout. Then enjoy a couple thousand feet of untracked skiing (because you'll be the only idiots doing this!). Then make your way to a dirt road, walk into Sierra City and hitchhike back to your car. You have to do this early in the season (before April) or else you run out of snow pretty quick.
Posted Apr 6, 2009 5:10 pm

ckerthFrom Lower Sardine Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2008


Started from Lower Sardine Lake. Followed the 4-WD road to Upper Sardine Lake. Went along the shoreline to the far end of the lake. Climbed fun, solid, class 2/3 rock up past Young America Lake. From there it was an easy walk to the summit. Came back along the Tamarack Connector Trail. In my opinion the view from the Sardine Lakes area provides the most impressive view of the Buttes.
Posted Dec 18, 2008 1:23 am

DrewidTower view  Sucess!


Easy hike up to the old fire lookout tower which offers some really nice views of the surrounding landscape. On a clear day you can see Lassen and Shasta, the Sierra Valley, the taller peaks around Tahoe. Neat spot.
Posted Jul 17, 2008 11:52 am

emiliefrom Packer Saddle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2008


i was in downieville for the weekend for the downieville classic and this seemed the best thing to do while others were racing. it was my first hike since my injury and i was so happy to bag a peak, even if a small one. the stairs and lookout are pretty spooky but fun. lots of smoke in the air from the fires so i could only see the immediately surrounding mountains. very few people on the trail and the wildflowers were going off - overall a nice outing.
Posted Jul 15, 2008 2:00 pm

littlefrantzQuick fun hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2007


The lookout is rad
Posted Mar 8, 2008 11:34 pm

hikerbryanWorth the hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2005


Took the trail from Sardine Lake campground to Tamarack Lakes, then the main trail to the fire lookout. Great view of Sardine Lakes, Young America Lake, and Haskell Peak. One of my favorite areas.
Posted Oct 2, 2007 11:54 pm

McCannsterWOW2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2007


Very nice view and very nice summit pinnacle! Building the lookout tower must have been quite exhilarating...ho that precarious lookout tower...

Ate lunch in Downieville, then went into the backcountry: the gnarliest town in CA (Alleghany) and did some 4 wheelin' back in there. Fun day.

Posted Aug 15, 2007 9:56 pm

SpiceManWOW  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2007


This was one of the coolest mountains I've ever hiked. David and I speedhiked up it and then did some crazy offroading through Forest and Alleghany.
Posted Aug 15, 2007 9:54 pm

pinchIRS Special  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2007


This is a really cool area! Just the drive on hwy 49 along the N. Yuba River is gorgeous. For April there was very little snow, and there was no postholing.
Posted May 1, 2007 1:13 am

McCannsterBeen Close...


Don't remember what year or how old I was, probably around 7 or so, but me and my grandpa tried to 4WD up to the summit. Being in a little Rav-4, we didn't make it all the way, but if I remember right, we were pretty close.
Posted Mar 27, 2007 12:54 am

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