Sierra Buttes

A really easy and relaxing route from Sierra City.

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Trail Overview


Easy: A narrow shelf road that climbs steeply up the mountainside. Minor loose rocks in a few places and quite steep towards the top. Suitable for stock, high-clearance 4WD SUVs.


Sierra City served as an important mining town starting in the 1850s. Today, the quaint town consists of many turn-of-the-century buildings complete with boardwalks. Don't miss the Kentucky Mine Stampmill and Museum east of town.

Access Description

From Grass Valley: Take Hwy. 49 past Downieville to Sierra City. From Truckee: Take Hwy. 89 north then turn west on Hwy. 49 to Sierra City. From Bassetts to start at top: Head north on Gold Lake Hwy. 1.3 miles and turn left on Packer Lake Road across bridge. Stay on this paved road 4.8 miles until you reach a parking area on left for Sierra Buttes Hiking Trail.

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