Loading...

Sierra Buttes Fire Lookout Trail

4.6 Miles
Hard
1
Time to Hike: 2 hours, ~18 minutes
Added:
August 23, 2017
Updated:
May 16, 2019

The Sierra Buttes Lookout Trail at Tahoe National Forest is a difficult 4.6-mile out-and-back hike up to views of Upper/Lower Sardine Lakes, the surrounding Sierra Buttes and many miles of Tahoe National Forest.

Mile 0 to 0.5: The hike starts off along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and follows it south for 0.5-miles before reaching a trail junction. Stay right at this junction to continue hiking along the PCT.

Mile 0.5 to 0.9: After the first trail junction, you'll follow the PCT for roughly 0.4-miles to the 0.9-mile marker where there's yet another trail junction. Stay right at this trail junction to continue hiking south along the PCT.

Mile 0.9 to 1.12: Around mile 1.12 you'll reach a trail junction with the Sierra Buttes Trail - take a left-hand turn here and follow the Sierra Buttes Trail.

Mile 1.12 to 1.65: After hiking along the Sierra Buttes Trail, you'll reach another trail junction around mile 1.65. Here you can continue straight along the Sierra Buttes Trail. This junction is technically a loop of the Sierra Buttes Trail, which you'll encounter once again before reaching the summit.

Mile 1.65 to 1.93: At mile 1.93, the Sierra Buttes Trail loops south and west again. Here, you'll want to stay left and continue hiking uphill towards the summit. At this point you'll technically be on a service road that leads up to the Sierra Buttes and the fire tower lookout point.

Parking: Parking can be found off of Butcher Ranch Road at the direction coordinates provided.

Pets: Dogs are allowed on this trail as long as they are leashed and waste is carried out.

For more trip details, check out this NorCal Hiker blog post.

View more trails near Sierra City, CA

Hazards

Ticks - Lyme Disease More Info (CDC)

Surface Type

Dirt

Season

Summer
Loading...
Loading...
1414 '

Total Change
1515 '

Ascent
1515 '

Descent
Sierra Buttes Fire Lookout Trail default picture

Photo Albums

Hiked it? Upload pictures from the trail

1 Trip Report

Hiked it? Add a Trip Report
4.6 miles
Trail added
August 23, 2017
Updated on
May 16, 2019

Find Hiking Trails Near Me:

Map of MyHikes' trails in North America

Weather Forecast

In Sierra City, CA

Explore Hiking Trails

New Hikes

2
Historic Cherry Springs Tavern
Shang Hollow Trail to Rattlesnake Point
West Glenwood Entrance Trail
2
Stony Peak & Camel Hump Knob

Before you leave...

MyHikes is an indie web platform aimed to make exploring public trails easier for everyone. The site has no investors and is owned and operated by one person, Dave Miller / Admin. We share trails, hikes, and backpacking trips on the interwebs for the fun of it and believe that public trail information should be free and accessible to the public.

It takes a lot of time 🕦, money 💰, and effort (including espresso shots ☕) to run MyHikes, including exploring , mapping , and publishing new trails with high-quality content, adding new site features, and site maintainance and moderating. We simply ask that if you find our content helpful or useful when planning your next adventure that you consider making a small donation to help keep the site running.

You can become a Supporter* (*MyHikes user account required) to unlock perks for as little as $0.83/month with a 1-time non-recurring payment 😎 Or you can simply Donate any amount without a MyHikes user account. Otherwise, telling your friends about MyHikes is the next-best thing to a donation - both quick and free 😄

Thanks for visiting MyHikes and have a great hike! ✌
- Dave
MyHikes Founder / Admin