Black Butte Lake Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Black Butte Lake Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Orland, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
485 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
24 days ago

Very pleasant trail. Nothing too exciting about this trail but I enjoyed the view of the lake that surrounds the Butte. There were lots of people in the lake but no one on the trail. It was kind of confusing where I was supposed to go. You have to walk along the dam road that is paved and then turn right down the hill and then turn on the trail that goes left and cross the riverbed to the other side of the hill that takes you south to the summit.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail from overlook to intersection with coyote trail is great. Nice easy little loop if you stay close to the dam. Coyote trail transitioned from open gravel road to heavily overgrown twotrack. Stickers from the tall dead grass were annoying as they filled my socks and shoes and the star thistle growing all over the road was brutal on bare legs. Wish they could have run a mower down this trail. Trail down to the lakeshore was invisible, never did find it. Nice area, great solitude but felt more like a cross country wander after my first couple of miles when the trails disappeared into the tall dense vegetation.

hiking
2 months ago

This is mostly a hike around the barren, arid reservoir. We missed the green grass by a week or two, so got the beautiful, but unexpected golden grass. It's going to be scorching hot very soon for this easy hike. It's close to Chico, so hot it will be! Lots of happy birds including osprey, but a this is not an exciting hike. Glad to do it once, but not again. I'd say it would be a fun, easy, short single track on a mountain bike. Bikes allowed. This region would be a great place to cycle with all the rolling golden hills and quite roads.

hiking
5 months ago

Had a fun hike up Black Butte today. A little chilly, but it warmed up just enough. Black Butte Lake was shimmering and the view from the top overlooking the lake and nearby mountains was worth it! There’s a map at the beginning of the trail, I’d take a photo. I used mine as a reference a few time since the trail at times can be elusive. I hiked from the observation point, across the paved overlook, down a gravel road and over onto the osprey trail which goes to the top of Black Butte. Most of the trail is over grassy/rocky hills so look for the paths in the grass that have been trodden down. I also used the AllTrails map as reference too making sure my gps matched the recorded trail. The cows in the neighboring field provided some company as you could hear them mooing from a distance. I will definitely be coming back and exploring more of the trail. It’s a nice hidden gem.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail! View from the top is awesome! Took two 10 year old boys and they did great. Mostly easy hike only a few moderate climbs.

hiking
3 months ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

recorded Black Butte Lake Trail

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5 months ago

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Saturday, July 15, 2017