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.
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.
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.
1.5 hours up and 50 minutes down. This my shortest SPS hike for me.
Long drive, but it was a nice hike. The buttes definitely look more intimidating on the drive up!
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.
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
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.
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.
Short easy hike with great views and and the most interesting lookout I have come across
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.
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.
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.
Cool-looking peak! It's too bad they put up a lookout and stairs, as it would be a challenge otherwise. Trip report.
Plenty of snow still on the trail. The payoff - had the entire place to myself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
day hike with jean.