Indian Springs Trail and De Sabla Overflow
With a steep, rocky descent, the short-but-intense multi-use single track Indian Springs Trail will push you. At least, if the way in doesn’t, the steep hike on your return will definitely will. On the way down, you’ll enjoy nice views of the canyon as you trek through foothill brush and rocky outcrops (make sure to wear long pants as poison oak is in the area). The last 50 feet of the trail are especially steep as it works its way to Butte Creek, but you’ll be rewarded with swimming holes and a small waterfall. A nice break as you rest up for the return trip.
Trail Difficulty: Difficult
Trail Length & Type: 2 miles out-and-back
Best Used: April - November
Trail Map: Bureau of Land Management
Other Links: Trailforks
Bikers can add an additional .75 miles to their ride by starting at the Overflow Trail, beginning from the cement flume used as an overflow from De Sabla reservoir, which connects to Indian Springs Trail.
With a Black Diamond difficulty rating across both trails, expect and enjoy a hard, physical ride down almost two miles and a 1,800 feet descent.
Make your way to Chico via Highway 99 and exit east onto Skyway (Exit 383). Lake DeSabla is about 21 miles up the hill from Highway 99 in Chico. Turn left onto Humbug Road just before Lake Desabla. Take the next right onto DeSabla Powerhouse Road and travel for 1.5 miles. There will be a short access road to the trailhead on the right.