DeSabla Outdoor Adventurer Biking Hiking Trails

Indian Springs Trail and De Sabla Overflow

Embark on an exhil­a­rat­ing adven­ture along Indi­an Springs Trail, where hik­ers can nav­i­gate steep descents amidst breath­tak­ing canyon views and rugged ter­rain, while bik­ers can extend the thrill by start­ing at Over­flow Trail, promis­ing an adren­a­line-pump­ing ride through chal­leng­ing paths and rugged landscapes.


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.

Key Info

Trail Dif­fi­cul­ty: Dif­fi­cult

Trail Length & Type: 2 miles out-and-back

Best Used: April — November 

Dogs: Allowed

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.

Dri­ving Directions

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.