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Will NewcombFrom Sand Pond to the Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2015

Will Newcomb

Started hiking at 3:00 am from Sardine Lakes Campground along the Tamarack Connection Trail, which traverses the hillside north of Sardine Lakes. At one point, I almost ran into a massive web across the trail with a wolf spider perched ominously at the center. My headlamp guiding the way, I continued onward and reached the lookout tower at 5:30 am. I waited for the sunrise on the lookout tower for about 20 minutes, but my body began to feel the cold and I decided to head back down. I arrived back at Sardine Lakes Campground at 8:00 am, having hiked 16 miles that morning. My family was still asleep in their tents.
Posted Aug 22, 2016 1:00 am

Brian AsherSouth Side Snowshoe  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2016

Brian Asher

Climbed the south side from the dirt road just north of Sierra City. I followed the switchbacks on the dirt road towards the west of the peak and then hit snow about 7,000 feet. Snowshoed up to right next to the summit. Very little visibility once above 8,000 ft due to cold, windy conditions. Best route given this early in the year due to Packer Lake being snowed in and Sardine Lake being much longer. Bushwacked down...however I recommend taking the 4wd road! Route seen here: https://www.strava.com/activities/561477942
Posted May 5, 2016 2:42 am

T3xa5b0yFIre lookout hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2014


This is a very beautiful hike! The scenery the whole way up did not disappoint. Awesome views of the upper and lower Sardine Lake's from the fire tower. Definitely going to have to go back and explore some more.
Posted Feb 13, 2016 12:02 am

FairweatherFrom Packer Saddle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 1994


With Todd (2.5 yrs old)in a child pack. Was this the peak that got him into climbing? No, it was probably playing in the snow in Yosemite Valley before his 1st birthday.
Nice views from the summit.
Posted Oct 27, 2015 12:52 am

bennovakFrom Packer Saddle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2015


Short easy hike with great views and and the most interesting lookout I have come across
Posted Aug 9, 2015 8:45 pm

rstoltingBeautiful Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2015


Beautiful day for a hike at Sierra Buttes. My daughter and I are preparing for a climb of Mt. Whitney later this year and this was a good conditioning hike. Perfect temperature, perfect weather, almost no wind wind. A light breeze to keep you cool. On the way up we only saw a few couples of people. We hung on top for awhile and met some nice people. Great hike.
Posted Jul 18, 2015 8:22 pm

trexkerryFrom Packer Saddle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2015
Nice and easy hike from Packer Saddle, access to that point is easy for a 2WD. The hike up was pleasant, lots o stairs at the end. 3rd of a 3 peak day, after Haskell and Elwell since they are all accessed via Gold Lake Road. TR is HERE.
Posted Jul 4, 2015 5:02 pm

NoonduelerPacker Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2015


Took advantage of the exceptional weather and drove up Friday. Out of shape the Buttes kicked my ass! but easy coming down. A few snow fields lost the trail temp. but not a big prob.
Posted Apr 19, 2015 7:03 pm

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

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