Explore Butte County | Colby Mountain Lookout
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Colby Mountain Lookout
Forest Ranch

For mountain biking enthusiasts, you can spend a great day biking Colby Mountain and have the trails to yourself. The trail is located in the Lassen National Forest northeast of Butte Meadows, 35 miles east of Chico. The meadow area along Colby Creek is lush with vegetation during the middle of summer. Colby Mountain has a fire lookout that affords a panoramic view of Lassen National Forest. This ride offers solitude and good odds of seeing such wildlife as bears and deer.

Directions to get here:

From Chico

  • Take Hwy 32 east toward Butte Meadows
  • About 15 miles beyond Forest Ranch turn right on Humboldt Road
  • About 5 miles past Butte Meadows turn left into the Jonesville Snowmobile Area parking lot
  • Take the trail across the creek and you will come out to the marked trails


There are about 60 miles of trails with three loops. It is about 20 degrees cooler than the valley.

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