Upper Bidwell Park is one of Chico's many attractions. While the trails will not pose a challenge for any serious hiker, the park is a fun place to explore. There are many different routes that offer a variety of experiences. There are several different swimming holes you can hike to as well. This place is more of a recreation area for locals, but if you are visiting Chico or any neighboring cities, it is definitely worth the trip.
For my first true hike I enjoyed it very much. Had some challenging spots but again I am a beginner at hiking. I am 52 and my 27 year old son ( who trail runs ) was with me. We went in 3 miles and came back out. Took 2 hrs 53 min. Definitely will hike this one again.
Cathy M. on North Rim to B Trail to Middle Trai...
We hiked this 4th of July weekend 2016. Easy mostly flat hiking but long. We didn't do the loop. Got to the end but then came down the same way rather than crossing over the water. Nice hike. A lot was shaded and close to water. Worth hiking up to the end. Bring plenty of water. Finding the start of the trail was a little confusing because it's thru a golf course.
I live here and while it is great to have such a huge space to be able to roam about, the trail can't even be called a hike. More like a place to just get some energy out of the way while being outdoors. There is no real views especially in the summer because everything is dead and it is very hot. All in all if you're down for a nice walk this is the place but if you want an adventure look elsewhere.
this is a great trail in Chico, No shade on the trail, so bring a lot of water, a hat and avoid in the afternoons during the hot months (personal experience). You start out with quite a number of people but the crowds drop off as you go farther and higher. I've done it several times, this last time we saw 4 deer which was nice. I've come across a baby rattler on the path in the past, so beware.
Great hike. Very dusty in July. We did some 2 bucks around 10 in the morning, we also saw some interesting scat. Bring lots and lots of water! A water filtration device is not a bad idea for the creek to refill as it was around 93 with 2 miles left to go. There is very little shade. We did see a couple Mountain Bikers.
rion g. on North Rim to B Trail to Middle Trai...
The trails in upper Bidwell park are better suited for hiking than for biking. in my opinion. Unless you don't mind really rocky mountain bike rides, that is. When Mount Tehama blew up eons ago, it sent rocks and boulders for dozens of miles in all directions. Mount Lassen and Broke-off Mountain are just small remnants of the original mountain. The trails are all in Chico's large Bidwell Municipal park, so it's a quick drive for a nice place to hike or give your dog a bit of fresh air. Dogs are allowed on the North side of the main park road. There are some nice valley views from the North or the South rim trails, especially when the air is clear and the wind is blowing in the Sacramento Valley. Monkey-Face Rock (aka: Monkey Rock) is a popular hiking destination with a great view, but I'd recommend wearing some good ankle-high boots for most of the trails.
There are many great trails in Upper Park. Once you pass the lake, most of the riding is technical with lots of rollers, rocks, and pinch points. From a hiking perspective, its a just an awesome area to take in nature and the beauty of the park.
Some people say you have to work hard to get the good things in life. Well this is definitely the case with North rim to B trail. The views at the top and B trail are well worth the grueling climb to the top. Very technical downhill with some drop offs that make you cringe, but conquering them is such a rush. After B trail lets you off at the Park road, you have some choices to go left and cross the creek to South rim or continue down the road and catch middle or lower trail.
This is the perfect trail for beginner to intermediate level mountain bikers. The first part of the trail begins at the "Easter Cross" parking lot at the beginning of Upper Bidwell Park. It is for the most part a smooth dirt trail until after Horseshoe Lake, where it becomes more rocky and technical and gains some altitude. About 2-3 miles up the trail it will start to climb a bit more, and near the end of the trail there are some real leg burners and VERY steep short climbs. Turning around and coming back is the best part, with some really fast downhill sections. There are several spots along this trail where you can cut off downhill to the road, so it's a great beginner trail. If it gets too tough, or you get tired, just hop off down to the road and cruise back.