Sierra Buttes Climber's Log

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Thefrenchsierravilleclimber - Feb 14, 2018 6:22 pm Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2018

Ice climbing the buttes  Sucess!

Ive done two ice climbs in the buttes. One was a few days ago by hiking up via the normal rout and before gettin to the summit desending towards young american lake. A few 100 feet form the trail down you have acsess to a nice snow and ice gully. It took us 5 hours with 10 pitches. We used a 30 m rope. This is what really slowed us down. Once out of the gully you can desende back down by rapelling or just heading towards the summit to find the trail again. It was a great climb.


mountaingazelle - Nov 14, 2017 1:54 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2017

Sierra Buttes  Sucess!

I heard this was a popular hike but with snow still on the mountain it wasn't crowded at all. Had a nice, clear view on this day.


GlennD - Sep 4, 2017 12:38 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2017

Sierra Buttes  Sucess!

Bit off on the wrong trail and headed up the pass to Sardine Lakes. Finally got turned around and made it up to the lookout, great views. Nice swim at Packer Lake afterwards.


ScottHanson - Aug 6, 2017 10:05 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2017

From Packer Saddle  Sucess!

1.5 hours up and 50 minutes down. This my shortest SPS hike for me.


kaylam87 - Jul 4, 2017 11:01 am Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2016

Long drive  Sucess!

Long drive, but it was a nice hike. The buttes definitely look more intimidating on the drive up!

Will Newcomb

Will Newcomb - Aug 22, 2016 1:00 am Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2015

From Sand Pond to the Summit  Sucess!

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.

Brian Asher

Brian Asher - May 5, 2016 2:42 am Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2016

South Side Snowshoe  Sucess!

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:


T3xa5b0y - Feb 13, 2016 12:02 am Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2014

FIre lookout hike  Sucess!

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.


Fairweather - Oct 27, 2015 12:52 am Date Climbed: Jul 9, 1994

From Packer Saddle  Sucess!

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.


bennovak - Aug 9, 2015 8:45 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2015

From Packer Saddle  Sucess!

Short easy hike with great views and and the most interesting lookout I have come across


rstolting - Jul 18, 2015 8:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2015

Beautiful Day  Sucess!

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.

trexkerry - Jul 4, 2015 5:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2015

From Packer Saddle  Sucess!

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.

Noondueler - Apr 19, 2015 7:03 pm Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2015

Packer Lake  Sucess!

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.


seano - May 29, 2014 2:56 pm Date Climbed: May 18, 2014

Standard route  Sucess!

Cool-looking peak! It's too bad they put up a lookout and stairs, as it would be a challenge otherwise. Trip report.

A Bit

A Bit - May 20, 2014 6:33 pm Date Climbed: May 17, 2014

Packer Saddle  Sucess!

Plenty of snow still on the trail. The payoff - had the entire place to myself.


WayneFry - Mar 17, 2014 6:04 pm Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2014

Winter Ascent Sardine Lakes  Sucess!

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.


labgloves - Mar 18, 2013 10:55 am Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2013

From Sierra City  Sucess!

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.


shaggyp - Sep 24, 2012 12:44 pm Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2012

From Packer Saddle  Sucess!

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.


LincolnB - Jul 24, 2012 8:08 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2012

Tamarack Lakes  Sucess!

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.


mengbo - May 21, 2012 12:29 am Date Climbed: May 20, 2012

from packer lake  Sucess!

day hike with jean.

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