Upper Bidwell Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chico, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Loved being next to the creek for most of the hike.
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.
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.
Did the first part of the trail! Nice view from the top.
We've hiked and bikes this trail. It has a variation of sights and is always a pleasure. Make sure to bring water in the summer as shade is sparsely available
I have lived in Chico for 26 years and love it and Bidwell Park, but the best time to hike these trails is in the spring. The summer is hot and dusty (I've posted a couple of pics) and this park gets many visitors.
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.
The trail itself is not anything special, but where it takes you is and the views are nice for hiking. On the bike it's merely a means to an end...B Trail. North Rim is a climb up the north side ridge of Upper Bidwell Park. The first part of the climb is over lava cap and solid mud flows and is a very rough trail the width of a single lane road. The climb is a steady 1200ft elevation gain, but due to the rough and rocky terrain it feels like a steeper climb. If you can push through this first section, you'll be rewarded with some solitude, better views, and of course access to some other great trails.
After you pass the power lines, which is about 2 miles up the 4 mile climb, the trail changes. It narrows down into singletrack, becomes a bit more technical in parts, and adds in some fun elevation changes. Both the right and left side of this part of the trail offers great views down into the Chico Creek canyon to the south, and the north valley on the other side. At the top of this trail you'll hit B-Trail which is just a killer fast downhill trail of about 1.5 miles. B-Trail alone is worth the 30-40 minute climb, but at the bottom of that trail is even more good stuff.
Bottom line: North Rim is pretty uninteresting for mountain biking, but takes you to some great views and better trails.
A great 3.2 mile climb up a rocky ridgeline, then a sweet decent down technical singletrack, and a few choices on where to go from there. Middle trail back has some short climbs and decents adn a few minor technical obstacles, or continue down the park road and cross the creek and continute to South Rim or Ten Mile House and Guardian trail.