Butte County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: July 30, 2005
Following Gary Suttle's directions, I came in from the west on SR 32 and headed
to Jonesville. Suttle mentions a fork in the road past Jonesville. The left
fork heads up to Humboldt summit, a mere two miles away but the negative with
this route is that the hike is 8 miles roundtrip. By taking the right fork
(again, following Suttle's directions), a much shorter route of less than 4
miles round trip is possible.
Just past Cold Springs but just before the Butte-Plumas county line a
takes off to the left.
Follow this road about a quarter of a mile to where the PCT crosses this road
(easily driven by a 2WD passenger vehicle) and
The PCT heads north and is easily followed and is well marked by diamond (silver
in color) markers that are on many trees along the way. Elevation gain is
minimal, less than 400-500 feet as the PCT heads north. In less than two miles,
just after crossing a large meadow area, the trail enters the trees again and
soon a metal sign noting that the Butte CoHP is less than 0.2 mile is
encountered. Should you pass this sign, the PCT starts to drop down the hill
and this should alert you that you have gone too far.
The side trail is very obvious and leads up to a high point that is still in
Plumas county but has a red register with many familiar names in it. This is
not the high point (as many of the entries point out), so sign the register and
continue following the use trail as it heads west for about another 300 or so
feet and you'll soon come to a tree that has a metal plaque on it.
The sign states that this is the
at an elevation of 7,140 feet.
After finding the tree with the plaque, I launched a search for the cairn and
register mentioned by Ken Jones in his TR but even after crisscrossing the whole
area with my wife helping out, I couldn't find the cairn and the register, the
same result Bill Fincher mentioned. Finally I gave up the search for it and
wondered if those who put the plaque up on the tree had dismantled it but, still,
I may have been right near it and missed it. I hope future seekers of the Butte
CoHP will also search for this elusive cairn and register.
My wife and I also had the pleasure of meeting three PCT thru hikers who were on
their way from Mexico to Canada. Each had an inspirational story to tell of
their trip. They were curious why we were on this rather desolate section of
the PCT and so I shared what county highpointing is all about.
Rather than return the way we came, we exited to the east and made our way to
Lake Almanor. This route is described in some information offered by the
Lassen Backcountry Discovery Trails
A Benchmark Map atlas helps on this route to the east and it is
2WD passenger car doable. Dirt road, all the way to SR 89.
Author: Dean Molen