Sierra Buttes Road

Tahoe National Forest, California

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Sierra Buttes Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sierra County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 4,692 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 853 feet.
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Sierra Buttes Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sierra County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 4,692 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 853 feet. This trail connects with the following: Columbo Mine Road and Butcher Ranch Road.
Activity Type: Climbing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Tahoe National Forest
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: 853 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 4,692 feet
Top Elevation: 5,181 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Sierra Buttes Road
Parks: Tahoe National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 4688/5181 ft
Elevation Start/End: 4692/4692 ft
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Climbing California's Mountains

Climbing California's Mountains

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.

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Hiking Northern California

Hiking Northern California

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.

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9/1/2007
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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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May 2018