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.
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.
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.
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.
The lookout is rad
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This old fire look-out is in a great place. reminds me of my days reading Kerouac, Snyder & Bukowski
A very nice "secondi" after doing Castle Peak earlier in the day. Quick hike that leverages a beautiful bit of the PCT.
On a relatively warm day after a minor snowfall, the ice encrusted on the pine trees was crashing all around us. I was happy not to get hit in the noggin. An impressive peak for the northern sierra.
Took the 4x4 trail off of Butte Rd. out of Sierra City. Started hiking at the closed gate ~1 mi. from the tower. Views were very nice, and the summit was not overcrowded, although it was only a Friday morning.
Went up for the sunset, on the way back down, we ran into a couple camped along the trail. They were PCTers heading north and it turns out that we had talked to them at Bubbs Creek in SEKI weeks before when we were doing the JMT. It was pretty amazing the way we ran into them again!
Saw it from the road but didn't know what it was. It looked interesting so I took a stroll. Hiking the 4WD road was a drag but the views were great from up top. No signs of civilization looking outward which was nice.
Nice afternoon walk after doing Mt. Elwell in the morning. Great weather.
Left the family reunion behind in Graeagle at 4p.m. and was back and showered for baby back ribs and beer before 8p.m. A winding drive followed by and easy jog/hike to the top for a great panoramic view form the lookout tower on the top. I had fun skiing around on my trail shoes through the late season snow on the way down. I saw some nice dogs here and at the Lakes Basin trail and will bring mine next time for some fun in the snow and the beautiful lakes. Lots if great mountain biking around here too.
This was a nice hour and half hike to the summit. The views where amazing. Tried to get my dog to go up the stairs but she freaked out. The stairs are steep.
I was impressed how the fire lookout is precariously perched atop these jagged spires.