Meet at Chico Park & Ride west lot (Hwy CA 32/99) at 9 am. This is an easy 3 mile round trip walk along a secluded section of scenic Upper Butte Creek. The trail winds through a narrow band of riparian vegetation containing a variety of plants, shrubs and trees. A mixed coniferous forest extends up the rugged canyon walls. There is evidence of historic gold mining activity all along the creek. Bring lunch, water, sun/insect protection, and money for ride sharing. Rain cancels. Leader: Marjorie