Ascent of Sierra Buttes Lookout on 1994-07-01

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, July 1, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sierra Buttes Lookout
    Elevation:8590 ft / 2618 m

Ascent Trip Report

A three mile trail from Packer Lake on the north side of the peak is described in "Hiking Trails: Lassen, Tahoe, Carson Pass", by Don and Roberta Lowe, p. 64. For those with a 4WD vehicle the driving route to within a half mile of the summit will be described here. Take route 49 about 5.0 miles NE of Sierra City and turn left onto route S620 toward Gold Lake. After 2.0 miles turn left (west) onto Packer Lake Road. At a junction in 0.1 miles turn right toward Packer Lake. After about 6 miles stay left on road 93 as indicated by the sign pointing to Sierra Buttes. The road narrows and climbs up a steep grade to a ridge and another junction. At this point reset your odometer and take the signed dirt road to Sierra Buttes Lookout. At 1.4 and 1.8 miles there are forks where you will go straight. After 2.6 miles turn left on a steep 4WD road that continues up the mountain. This road should be travelled only when it is dry in the summer months. At 3.6 miles there is a turnaround with room for several vehicles. From here hike the trail which is about one-half mile to the lookout tower perched on the rocky summit. The views are great and to the north Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta can be seen on clearer days. For those hiking the PCT which runs by the peak 0.8 miles to the west, the side trip to the summit is well worthwhile. This section is described in the book "The Pacific Crest Trail", Vol. 1, 4th ed., by Schaffer, Schifrin, Winnett, and Jenkins. See pages 324 - 326. 6/94 RLC
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