Get Outside in Butte Meadows
Get your wheels dirty in a pristine, high-elevation Sierra Nevada setting, by heading up Highway 32 from Chico and exploring the lakes, dirt roads and trails of Butte Meadows. The area is pocked by Sierra lakes, meadows and streams, and open for exploration by off-roaders with a sense of adventure (so make sure you're driving an appropriate vehicle!). Experience the pine and granite environment of upper elevation Butte County by navigating the roads and trails throughout Butte Meadows.
The Colby Mountain Lookout Area offers a variety of snow-covered cross-country skiing and snowmobiling trails (60 miles over three trails!) in the winter that are just as fun when explored on two wheels in the summer! During warmer months, there are flowing creeks and lush green meadows that may be very marshy. The trails have great footing but some roads can be a little rocky. Colby Mountain has a fire lookout that affords a panoramic view of Lassen National Forest. This ride offers solitude and good odds of seeing wildlife such as bears and deer.
The Cherry Hill Hike is a 1.31 mi with a total ascent of 773.76 feet and has a maximum elevation of 5,745.93 feet. There are other hiking paths in the area to enjoy!
Approximately one hour driving time from Chico. Take Hwy 32 heading east. About 15 miles beyond Forest Ranch, turn right on Humboldt Road. About five miles past Butte Meadows turn left into the Jonesville Snowmobile Area parking lot. Head back along the road to pick up the trail through some wood fences, cross the creek, and you will come to one of the marked trails.