Sierra Buttes Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The prominent volcanic peaks of Sierra Buttes, visible for miles around, are one of the most distinctive geological features in the northern Sierra Nevada. As you approach the buttes, the forest service’s small lookout can be seen perched precariously on the uppermost peak (8,587 feet). Although no longer used for spotting fires, the lookout is now one of the most popular hiking destinations in the region. On warm summer weekends, it is not unusual to see 30 or more hikers admiring the views from the lookout platform. Special Attractions: Long section of narrow shelf road with views of Sierra Buttes and the North Yuba River Valley; Moderately strenuous hike to the Sierra Buttes Fire Lookout; Access to a network of 4WD trails and many lakes for fishing and camping. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."