The Sierra Buttes massif with an elevation of
8,587 feet (2,617 m) is more than a mountain peak: it is an assembly of peaks,
pinnacles and spires.
It rises about 4,500 feet (1372 m) above the North Fork of the Yuba River.
You can't miss this metamorphosed, erosion-resistant mountain castle
on your way from Bassetts Station
to the Lakes Basin Recreation Area
in the northern Sierra Nevada.
During gold-rush times, gold nuggets were discovered right here and several mines
were operating in the Sierra Buttes area at the end of the 19th century.
The lookout and fire-watch tower on top is now a popular hiking
destination offering spectacular views of nearby lakes, the canyon of the
North-Fork Yuba River and—on clear days—the
Sacramento Valley and Lassen Peak.