Bug Creek & Mad River Buttes is a challenging hike that can be made considerably less so by skipping the loop to the south. It includes some steep, slippery slopes; poorly-defined trails; and stream fords. The rewards are jaw-dropping views in every direction, interesting rock formations, and miles of seldom-visited forest and prairie. The spur trails at the west end go to vantage points; if you’re going to leave one out, make it the northern one, even though it’s easier to get to.
Six Rivers National Forest Lower Trinity Ranger District: 530-629-2118