MTB Project Logo

Butte Creek Loop

 2 votes

Length

11.0 Miles 17.7 Kilometers


50%

Singletrack

Elevation

1,462' 446 m

Ascent

-1,458' -444 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

6,049' 1,844 m

High

5,055' 1,541 m

Low

Conditions


Minor Issues 5 days ago
Dry, Fallen Trees - Lots of trees down, lower section between the trailhead and Jonesville has been logged and is difficult to follow History

Getting forecast...

A loop that features the 515 singletrack that follows Butte Creek from its headwaters.

Nick Repanich

Overview

This trail is inaccessible during most of the winter. The gate at the SnoPark closes for winter about December to April to protect the groomed snowmobile trails, and opens when the snow is gone, usually in April.
The singletrack portion of this ride is on the 515 trail in the Lassen National Forest, which runs from the headwaters of Butte Creek to Jonesville. The rest is on Forest Road. The road is basically to avoid ascending the trail, as that is much more difficult than coming down.

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).
Features: -none-

Need to Know

All three eateries in Butte Meadows are good mountain bar/cafes.

Description

As shown, this loop starts with the downhill 515 singletrack along the creek, and finishes with a road climb and small road descent. If you come from the Paradise or Philbrook side, do the loop as shown. There is a small, marked parking area at the top end just west of the bridge at Butte Creek House Meadows.

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.

Contacts

You & this Featured Ride


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Get On-Trail Navigation

Send to Phone
Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

May 29, 2017
Duane C

Stewarded By


Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 2 votes

#1

in Jonesville

#2764

Overall
  3.5 from 2 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
50%
3 Star
50%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#1

in Jonesville

#357

in California

#2,764

Overall
34 Views Last Month
403 Since Dec 11, 2016
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
50%
50%
0%
0%

0 Comments

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter