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Description - Sierra Buttes Area offers many campsite such as Loganville, Wild Plum, Sierra, Chapman Creek and Sardine Campgrounds to camp in. For hiking, biking, OHV riding and horseback riding there are the Lakes Basin Ridge trail, Haskell Peak trail, Chapman Creek trail and many others to see the surrounding area. For fishing and other lake activities there are Upper Sardine Lake, Volcano Lake and Packer Lake. Supplies can be obtained in Sierra City.

Recreation - The Sierra Buttes Area offers camping, hiking, biking, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding as just a few of the activities available in the area.

Climate - The Tahoe generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snow pack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear. The Tahoe generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snow pack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - The Sierra Buttes area is in the Downieville Forest District of the Tahoe National Forest. This area is located approximately 8 miles northeast of Sierra City.


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Filed By: Rocky Twitchell (Sacramento, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Best area for cool weather, fantastic campsites and lots of hiking, fishing and quiet time with family and friends. Sincerly, Rocky Twitchell & Family


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Additional Information:
Yuba River Ranger District - The Downieville Ranger District encompasses the northwestern portion of the Tahoe National Forest, around the town of Downieville and just east of New Bullards Bar Reservoir.

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