Hike Humboldt Peak
Butte Meadows Outdoor Adventurer

Make sure to review hiking best practices and trail etiquette and follow Leave No Trace principles as you explore.

Humboldt Peak

The Humboldt Peak hike offers a short high-country hike to 7,087-foot peak, almost the highest point in the county. A short hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, and then up a faint climbers trail to the summit of Humboldt Peak. Hike through mostly red fir forest and then emerge to open views out to Lassen Peak. This hike offers a 360-degree view on the summit to faraway places. From the top, you might be able to see the tip of Mount Shasta on a clear day.

Key Info

Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Length & Type: 3.2 mile out-and-back

Best Used: July - October

Dogs: Allowed on leash

Trail Map: Chico Hiking Association

Humboldt Peak to Cold Springs

Discover some great views along the highest ridge in Butte County as you hike from Humboldt Peak to Cold Springs. Following the Pacific Crest Trail, you’ll travel by the county’s highest point to the clear, cold water of Cold Springs at Humbug Summit. Overall, you’ll enjoy a mild hike, but the 1000-foot total elevation gain pushes this to a moderately challenging one. You’ll want to arrange a shuttle for drop-off and pick-up.

Key Info

Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Length & Type: 6.8 mile point-to-point, shuttle required

Best Used: July - October

Dogs: Allowed on leash

Trail Map: Chico Hiking Association

Other Information: If you plan on making this small part of a long-distance trek along the PCT, make sure to get the appropriate permit.

Driving Directions

From Chico, follow CA-32 East towards Humboldt Road. Turn right onto Humboldt Road and drive for 12 miles, doing past Jonesville. After you pass Jonesville, go about 3.5 miles and turn left for a turnout. Park here and look for the trailhead.

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