High Lakes

This is a hidden gem that offers camping, fishing and of course great off roading.

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Trail Overview


Difficult: Although much of this trail is moderate, one difficult spot before Waypoint 05 will stop most stock vehicles. We managed to get through with our stock 4-door Rubicon, but just barely. You'll find tight spots between trees with large tree roots. F.S. 608 to Morris Lake is extreme rock crawling.


This area, known as the Kimshew Mining District, has a long history starting with prospecting in the mid 1800s and continuing as late as 1980 with modern hydraulic mining. Source: Friends of the High Lakes, www.friendsofhighlakes.com.

Access Description

From Chico, take Highway 32 north about 27 miles from Highway 99. Turn right on paved Humboldt Road just before mile marker 37. Continue another 5.3 miles on Humboldt to Skyway (Road) at Butte Meadows. This intersection is about 0.3 miles after Butte Meadows Campground. Follow Skyway 5.9 miles to large intersection for Humbug Summit Road on left.