Jackson Butte is the most prominent summit in the area around
Jackson, mostly a drive-up. I saw it from a distance as I
was driving SR88 into the Sierra for a short roadtrip and wondered
about it. I checked when I got to
Jackson and figured I should pay it a visit before the sun went
down. Lisa Barboza visited it in 2019 with a torn heel tendon, so
I knew it wouldn't take much time. The road leading to the
summit is signed for No Trespassing
about half a mile from the summit, but ungated. The road is
shared by a resident who lives in a nice view home on the side of
the mountain, and I'm guessing the signs are his. I drove up the
road past his driveway, stopped shortly by the locked gate
going to the summit. I parked in the roadway and walked the short
distance to the top. There is the shell of an old
brick building (home?) below the summit. On the north side
of the road is the guy's home in plain sight. Lots of
antennae around it, like an amateur radio enthusiast.
The summit has a single, very tall tower and some utility
sheds. The highest point is in some rocks outside
the fence. Views are limited by trees, but
can be had in most directions from the road.
Clint Baechle comments
Lived on this mountain during my highschool years. My parents still live on it. Used hike up to the top from my backyard! The old abandoned building was a radio station.