Butte Creek Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,462' 446 m
Descent: -1,458' -444 m
High: 6,049' 1,844 m
Low: 5,055' 1,541 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“A loop that features the 515 singletrack that follows Butte Creek from its headwaters.”— Nick Repanich
The payoff of this route is the view and proximity to Butte Creek all along the way. Also, a stop at the Butte Creek House Meadow is recommended, as it is the headwaters of a spring-run salmon population (mostly brook trout here though, salmon got stopped way below).
If you came up the hill from Chico via Hwy 32 to Butte Meadow, you'll start the trail midway with a road climb and end with singletrack. Continue past Butte Meadows on the paved road to park in the Jonesville SnoPark. Ride up a stretch of pavement past the historic Jonesville Hotel. The road turns to dirt, and then at the Y, veer right, slightly downhill.
Stay on that road (26N27) for several miles gradually climbing to a large intersection with Humbug Summit Rd. Go right down the hill on road 27N11 toward Butte Creek and a bridge. West of the bridge, watch for a tiny pull-off area, and the 515 sign post (its not labeled at the road) and trail.
At the bottom end of the trail, you cross an abandoned log landing, and pick up the trail on the other side of it. It goes another 1/4 mile, then spits you out onto Mickey Trail road. Only one way out - downhill, onto Jones Creek Road, and finally a left back onto the main road leading to the SnoPark.
Local Club: Chico Velo Trailworks
Land Manager: USFS - Lassen National Forest Office