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Sierra Buttes Trail #12E07

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1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point
65% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 809' 247 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 8,183' 2,494 m
Low: 7,373' 2,247 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by Tilman Giese

A steep trail up Sierra Buttes to a fire lookout tower.

Tilman Giese

Features Birding · Lake · Views

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From the Pacific Crest Trail, continue straight up the ridge with Sierra Buttes ahead of you. The ascent is moderately strenuous as you make your way up to the top. At about 0.6 miles, you get an excellent view of Young America Lake just below you. As you continue further, the trail zigzags up steeply. At 1.1 miles, you reach a fairly washed out dirt road (Sierra Buttes OHV Trail #12E07). Follow the road farther up until you reach the lookout tower.

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Young America Lake (front), Upper Sardine Lake (middle), and Lower Sardine Lake (back)
Mar 22, 2019 near Downiev…, CA
Young America Lake is surrounded by steep, rocky spires
Mar 22, 2019 near Downiev…, CA
Lower Sardine Lake from the ascent up Sierra Buttes
Mar 22, 2019 near Downiev…, CA
On the final ascent up Sierra Buttes, you can even see the snowy top of Mount Shasta
Mar 22, 2019 near Downiev…, CA

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