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The lookout is absolutely amazing. I have not hiked this portion of the Sierra Buttes simply because driving straight up the southwestern side is irresistible (if you have a good 4x4, that is)!!
My wife and one of our boys has hiked up to the lookout and they reported the trek to be quite steep. This is a popular and very worthy hike/4x4. It's all about the view.
I selected 'Hiking' because there was a lot of snow and ice on my two recent outings. Otherwise, it is really a walk on a relatively straight paved road for about 3/4 of a mile...with about 300 feet of elevation gain. The views through the majestic trees of Crystal Bay, Incline Village and the surrounding mountains are wonderful on the way up. And the two lookouts at the top are even better, with more expansive views of the lake. The short loop trail at the top also provides signs with information about the lake, the forest and some history of the area. This is a nice short trail to get out with the family for a little exercise in a very special place. There is room to park on the side of Lakeview Avenue just before you get to the entrance gate.
I am not ready for hard trails but was able to make my way almost to the top and back. I had a blast. I am looking forward in trying this trail again and making it all the way in and out after i achieve more in weight loss and get more in shape and have hiked more trails. the weather today was gorgous.
Good hike. Went during offseason. Saw all the remnants of the wildflowers. Gets me excited to come back in a couple months.
The end of the hike is quite anti-climactic if wildflowers aren't in bloom. It's easy to walk pat the end cause you're left feeling a little underwhelmed.
I'd give it 3 stars if not for the potential it showed for spring.