Sierra Buttes in Sierra County, California

Sierra Buttes

A gold-discovery site: quartz-porphyry-composed Sierra Buttes

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.
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