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Climbing California's Mountains
by Jay Anderson (Falcon Guides)
Stark andesite towers and cliffs, nestled in snowfields much of the year. The trail is more exposed than that on Eureka Peak, often putting the hiker at the top or bottom of vertical tableaus. Rock climbing is popular in the area, including bolted routes on the summit block. The Sierra Buttes complex has the feel of the high mountains—looking like a peak from the Pacific Northwest transplanted to the northern Sierra foothills. There are spectacular views of Lake Tahoe, Mount Lassen, and Eureka Peak. The Sierra Buttes climb offers a small summit with a handy fire lookout tower on the summit for taking in the 360-degree view. The andesite summit block is supported by dramatically uplifted rock.
Hiking Northern California
by Bubba Suess (Falcon Guides)
The trip to the summit of the stunning Sierra Buttes is one of the classic hikes of the Sierra Nevada. The trail features lakes large and small and incredible views, culminating in an exciting ascent to a marvelously exposed lookout tower. Three different trailheads offer differing lengths and difficulties, but the full hike described here features the most magnificent vistas and incredible scenery.
The trail and the views are beautiful. Be sure to bring some water. The views down to the lakes are great. If you are acrophobic, the stairs up to the lookout might be a bit scary but the 360 degree view is worth it.
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