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.
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.
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?
Easy hike. Great views.
Short, accessible hike; as such, lots of people. Great views and cool stuff to see...
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.
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!
From the south. 3 hours car to car.
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!
short easy hike, incredible views, lassen stood out quite prominently, as did english mtn.
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.
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"
Really easy hike with excellent views; hiked it with my wife Anna.
Cool peak, nice views.
Did this along with Mt Elwell later in the afternoon.
Pics are here.
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