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Great if you want a difficult and rewarding mountain bike ride.

I really enjoyed myself in this hike. This time of year (January) everything is so green.
Adventurous hike, there’s a little creek along the trail. Several trails to branch off from

11 days ago

Aka monkey face,

Aka Monkey Face, good hiking spot, you actually hike.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked the Upper Bidwell Park Trail for the first time today (it was very smoky but still very beautiful) and I absolutely loved it! I took a few wrong turns and ended up on multiple trails so let me tell you the path I took...

I started out on the Upper Bidwell Trail and decided to continue onto the Middle Trail instead of taking the Live Oak Trail to elongate my hike. I ascended all the way up to B Trail (which was so much fun). Then, on the way down, I followed the North Rim Trail to the Maidu Trail to finish my hike.

What a long and interesting hike! The way up was tiring and the trail was very rocky at times. I wore my Nike running shoes thinking they would provide enough comfort but the rocks and grade of the trails killed my ankles. I would definitely wear some hiking boots or shoes that support the ankles. The views were fantastic even with the smoke from the Camp Fire. Not a very hard trail by any means and I am looking forward to going again!

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You want a fun challenging ride

Entire route is on private property except for the first 0.5 miles on straight gravel road. Gates across all access points with signs stating "Private property, area patrolled". I would not recommend.

hiking
3 months ago

Such a beautiful, relaxing trail! It’s not directly on the creek, but there are plenty of paths on the trail that lead down to it! The path is well kept and soft? It has this clay-like dirt which makes the ground very forgiving and less wear and tear on the knees and feet! Definitely can’t wait to do this again!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail! Absolutely beautiful. Well kept path and diverse scenery. Got in the water to cool off and splash around too. Only negatives were the traffic (Saturday afternoon) and the dogs on leash, which was actually preferable with how many other people had animals as well. Would definitely recommend it as an easy but beautiful walk.

Such a beautiful view

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail! I think the other park trails would be too hot in the summer heat but since the Yahi trail is right by the Big Chico Creek you have plenty of opportunities to cool off. The water pretty brisk but pristine and clear. Since it was a Monday and school is in I felt like I had the park to myself. I ran into 3 people the whole way.

The creek is gorgeous. The Yahi trail takes you up the Iron Canyon and gives you sweeping by the time you get to Devils Canyon. I parked at the end of the road started on the "Lower Trail" then cut down to the Yahi trail because I wanted to be near the water. I felt like I made the best choice. By the end it was around sunset so I thought I'd take the Upper trail back for the views but unfortunately didn't have a map and didn't want to risk taking a wrong path so close to sunset so I ended up on the Middle Trail on the way back and was not disappointed. It was spectacular. Amber waves of grain, gorgeously lit by the setting sun, the temperature was cool enough for me to keep up a jogging pace and not overheat. And the rattle snakes were kind enough to give me a short courtesy rattle to let me know they were there as I passed by, lol. It only happened once but I actually almost stepped on a sun bathing baby rattler years ago when I lived in Chico. They are around so it's good to stick to the trails and stay out of the tall grass.

Ultimately, I would recommend hiking the Yahi trail up and take the Upper trail back. I'll have to do that next time. The Yahi Trail is marked the easiest which that alone made me want to do the upper trail marked most difficult. But much more to enjoy along the Yahi trail and decent shade as well. The upper trial is almost entirely exposed so avoid the mid day sun. I went through more than a liter of water even though I was on the Yahi trail. I'd double that for that upper Upper, Mid, or lower trails in the sun no matter what time of day it is.

Awesome day hike you'll be glad you did. Don't miss it.

Drove up there and the trail was closed! :(

Awesome hike! Enter on dean road for an easier hike & quick water access instead of the hospital parking lot

CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRES

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail for the first half until you meet Jones Trail. The trail beyond there is marked (private) on the map and is fenced off and not accessible.

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty trail in the fall!

hiking
7 months ago

Fun hike, a lot of shade. Connector trails to the parking areas make porta-potties easily accessible. If you can, at least get as far as Brown's Hole. No diving per se, but great swimming.

7 months ago

loved it for a quick little HIIT workout

on Upper Bidwell Trail

hiking
7 months ago

This was my first trip to the park. It is a great long loop from Horseshoe Lake using Upper trail to B to Yahi. I wouldn't advise in the heat of summer. The views are fantastic. There were a few bikes, not many people. I would do it again.

Great ride with many difficult passages. I admit to walking the sections with dangerous dropoffs. I also admit to praying for the end of the trail to appear much sooner than it did! Bring lots of water.Be safe.

7 months ago

Very nice. Flows over boulders is great

One of my favorite local Chico/Paradise trails. Start in the middle and go left if you’re cool with heights; right if you don’t do heights but you want to stop at swimming holes. I love both for the different reasons. Dog friendly as well!

You can't actually access the flume anymore. You have to walk through private property and there are signs up saying it's patrolled.

You can't actually access the flume anymore. You have to walk through private property and there are signs up saying it's patrolled.

You can't actually access the flume anymore. You have to walk through private property and there are signs up saying it's patrolled.

Super nice - with great views and easy trails!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful spring day hike. Birds, flowers, lake, rocks, bike trails. So much to see and do. Dog friendly as well

Awesome hike! My husband and I had so much fun, counted over a thousand salamanders along the way. Moderate hike, definitely don’t run, haha I fell but luckily I didn’t fall off the cliff

Lovely walk in the cool months. Not sure what is “moderate” about it as it is nearly completely level and you can walk as far or as little as you want.
Bring pepper spray as we encountered two dogs barking threateningly at us with no owner nearby. I must guess they were from some house on the ridge top.
Nice ferny cliffs with native wildflowers.

mountain biking
10 months ago

For Biking I suggest driving up past Magalia and Desabla reservoir to Powelton Road and biking the Hendrix flume which is fairly level and has some exceptional views. Some of the trail is narrow so keep good control of your bike and have fun!

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