Sierra Buttes

Okay we'll try again here.  And hopefully there won't be another fire...

Distance: Sierra Buttes, about 5.2 miles out and back. 

Approximate Elevation Gain: 7,000 to 8,591 (1,591 feet)

Sierra Buttes / Parker Lake / PCT Trailhead: 
The PCT Trailhead is about 1/4 to 1/2 mile after the end of a paved road (just past the junction of Parker Lake Road and County Road 621); the trailhead begins just above Parker Lake at the well marked PCT trailhead off County Road 621. During our climb we may still see wildflowers and butterflies since spring usually hits the high Sierra in early to mid summer. Our ascent will take us directly past Lower and Upper Tamarack Lakes on the way to the ridge line. From the ridge line we will follow a 4x4 trail that leads directly to the bottom of the Sierra Buttes lookout tower. See trail maps and information at the links below:

http://www.aboutlaketahoe.com/hiking/sierra-buttes.htm

http://www.trailbehind.com/Sierra%20Buttes%20Lookout%20From%20PCT%20Trailhead/

 

Directions to the trailhead:
Highway 80 to Truckee. Exit Highway 89 north to Sierraville. Highway 49 west 10 miles to Bassetts. North on the Gold Lake Highway and 1.5 miles to Sardine Lake/Packer Lake Road. Turn left, cross small bridge, and bear right on Packer Lake Road. Pass Packer Lake and bear left at fork. Follow signs to Pacific Crest Trail trailhead. Continue to small parking area.
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SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING (Copied and pasted from from Allan Wiesman's meetups...): Cotton not recommended. 3 liters water, light rain shell or fleece jacket for warmth in case of thunderstorms, sturdy shoes or boots,  pain meds and/or first aid, sunhat, sunscreen and lip-balm,  lunch, whistle, hiking poles, camera, cellphone, and mosquito repellent. 

If you sign up, please send me an email confirming that you are going to go. No shows are not appreciated!

Any questions give me a call,[masked]-3408.








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  • Hilda F.

    Chris-got ur message about sat. Not sure if I'm going cuz I'd like to do caples lake on Sunday.

    September 16, 2013

  • Robin

    Beautiful views from the top of Sierra Buttes.

    September 14, 2013

  • Hilda F.

    Haven't been in a organized hike for some bit of time . This sounds wonderful.

    September 6, 2013

    • christine h.

      Hi Hilda! It was so nice to meet you. We talked about a really fun party. It's sept. 21 next Saturday and if you go into Carmichael social meetup you can read about. If you want me to drive I can pick you up ! It's really fun .

      September 13, 2013

  • chris k.

    great hike..wish it were closer...would go a lot more..thx Andrew...great day.

    September 9, 2013

  • Barbara

    This is one of the loveliest hikes I've done. Enjoyed every moment of it. Kudos to Andrew for re-posting this.

    September 9, 2013

  • Hengameh M.

    It was a very nice hike, I enjoyed the view, weather and the company.
    Thanks to Andrew for organizing it.

    September 9, 2013

  • Andrew

    Hey fun hike all, and thanks for coming. Looks like we managed to luck out on the smoke there (or lack there of). I think we all got a little nervous on the drive up though.

    I kind of like the way we kind of split up and did our own thing. I hope you all had fun, I know I did. See you next time!

    September 8, 2013

  • Ron R

    It was so nice to get out of the valley heat and get some good exercise with a great group of people.

    September 8, 2013

  • Will L

    Good hike Andrew, whatever the distance was

    September 8, 2013

    • Andrew

      Yeah, no more copying and pasting hikes for me...

      September 8, 2013

  • Paolo De S.

    good hike thanks Andrew

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • John L.

    Beautiful weather and scenery.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • D & K.

    Sorry Andrew, can not make it this time.

    September 8, 2013

  • SUKI

    Dang missed this

    September 8, 2013

  • Dale P.

    Sorry been up since 2 am ill so its gonna be another time!

    September 8, 2013

  • Susan

    Logistics are getting too complicated; I'll stay home and work. Ah well...next time!

    September 7, 2013

  • diane

    Anyone interested in kayaking with me at Lake Spaulding after the hike? Can share my inflatable in exchange for driving if you don't have a kayak.

    September 7, 2013

    • Teresa

      Diane, I would!

      September 7, 2013

  • Robin

    Planning to do the longer hike too but did not realize everyone was already making carpool plans. Will meet at Sunsplash and hope I can catch a ride with the 12 mile hikers.

    September 7, 2013

  • sam

    not going to make it

    September 7, 2013

  • Andrew

    I haven't been paying attention to the smoke up there, so if anyone knows of any reports I'd love to hear them.

    September 7, 2013

    • Carmen

      Training hill is not near Truckee?? I did a hike in Squaw Valley last week and the weather was great and the smoke was not that bad.

      September 7, 2013

    • diane

      Donner/Truckee clear today.

      September 7, 2013

  • Carmen

    I will be doing 12 miles with Andy since he's doing two Ogul Peaks that I have not done yet.

    September 5, 2013

    • Paolo De S.

      sorry 12 miles

      September 7, 2013

    • chris k.

      want to go with Andy as well..

      September 7, 2013

  • Andrew

    From Andy B


    I just wanted to mention that there is another short peak hike 12.1 miles by good dirt road from the Sierra Buttes trailhead. It is Haskell Peak (8107'), it is a 3 mile RT with 1100' of elevation gain in trail. As the drive is long and the Sierra Buttes hike is relatively short, I thought having an option for those who would like to do another short peak would be a good idea. You could request folks interested in doing both peaks ride together at the carpool meetup. I would be happy to lead the Haskell Peak hike, as I have hiked this peak last year. Here are a few links to study: https://www.inkling.com/read/moon-california-hiking-brown-stienestra-9th/chapter-6/8--haskell-peak-trail http://www.summitpost.org/haskell-peak/414533

    September 3, 2013

    • chris k.

      can I go with you also Andy?

      September 7, 2013

  • Caroline C.

    Any idea when we will get back to Sac? I have a dance lesson at 6:30

    September 5, 2013

    • christine h.

      Hi caroline! I'm going on this hike but I'm going to do the 12 mile route. I would love if you went so I can hear about what's going on with you!

      September 7, 2013

    • Carmen

      Hey Christine, Caroline cancelled this hike!

      September 7, 2013

  • christine h.

    Hi everyone! Just wanted to know is the total miles 5.2 or 10.4 round trip?

    September 7, 2013

  • Arthur L. T

    I just cancelled.

    September 6, 2013

  • Caroline C.

    Really wanted to do this hike but I need to be back in Sac by 5 ready for a dance lesson.

    September 6, 2013

  • Susan

    Seems likely that I'll stay at one of the lakes and wait for you all to come back my way...

    September 5, 2013

    • diane

      Hanging at the lake sounds nice. I'll join you!

      September 5, 2013

    • Andrew

      Okay cool. Glad you're making it Susan.

      September 6, 2013

  • Wendy M

    Looks like a beautiful hike. I will meet you guys at the trailhead.

    September 5, 2013

    • Andrew

      Okay great, see you there Wendy.

      September 5, 2013

  • Andrew

    Hey all,

    Andy B emailed me with an idea. Sierra Buttes isn't all that long a hike, so he suggested some people might want to do a second nearby peak. So if anyone wants to do that it might be fun. Just hook up with the proper car group! His idea is in the next post below (I had to break up this message, too many characters).

    Andrew

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could!!! I am volutneering at the Gold County Fair this weekend for my daughters Civil Air Patrol Squadron. Have a great time, hope this one gets reposted.

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    anybody coming from sacramento i can catch a ride with?

    September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I realized that weekend is going to be too full for me to do this also. Perhaps I'll go in the future.

    September 2, 2013

  • Arthur L. T

    ...and I live in the Natomas Area in Sacramento. Its about $20 for gas?

    August 31, 2013

  • Arthur L. T

    Hello, i would like to go, but i don't have a ride.

    August 31, 2013

  • Cathy H

    With or without Angel, I'm going.

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • Mark U! ՟՜ ҉ ☺.

    I keep getting this confused with the Sutter Buttes, but sounds like a good hike anyway

    August 30, 2013

    • Andrew

      Oh man I do that all the time. I say Sutter when I mean Sut...I mean Sierra when...uh, forget it.

      1 · August 30, 2013

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