Best bird watching trails in Bidwell Park, California

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Bidwell Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Bidwell Park, California
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#1 - Yahi Trail
Bidwell Park
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 3 m
This loops up one side of Big Chico Creek, and down the other. The variety of micro-environments is hard to surpass. Shady sycamores along the creek, bright sun over the Lovejoy basalt, oak woodland, etc. Fording the creek can be difficult, be sure to check the Big Chico Creek flow gauge with Department of Water resources before you go. The best wildflower displays in Bidwell Park are found along this hike, usually peaking in late March. Show more
#2 - Upper Bidwell Trail
Bidwell Park
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 4 h 51 m
#3 - North Rim to B Trail to Middle Trail
Bidwell Park
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 4 h 52 m
North Rim trail is a slow and rocky climb but well worth the pain for the views and B trail. Middle trail coming of B trail is difficult but has some good single track all the way back to the parking lot.Show more
#4 - Yahi Trail to Live Oak to Upper Trail
Bidwell Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
#5 - Guardians Trail via South Rim Trail Loop
Bidwell Park
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 4 h 10 m
Guardians Trail is definitively the best all trail in Bidwell Park. It is for intermediate to advanced technical and downhill riders, but really does contain a little bit for everyone. There are great views, smooth singletrack, rocky technical and downright dangerous sections. A must ride! Whether you're doing a downhill shuttle run or an out and back loop, this trail does not disappoint. This trail hugs the southern ridge in the Chico Creek canyon. There are numerous technical sections throughout the ride, some of which have dangerous cliffs and drops if you don't stay on the trail. So don't plan to ride the entire trail unless you have some experience riding, and come prepared to walk many sections. The climb uphill is moderate to strenuous, but none of the steep sections last for longer than 100 yards. The climb up can be completed in less than one hour if you're in decent shape, and the downhill in 30-60 minutes. For reference, Mark Weir made it down in just under 19 minutes. There are lots of rocks, some small jumps and drops, so a full suspension bike is recommended. From the bottom there is an initial technical rocky section of about 1.5 miles. You will come to a post above the golf course where the trail forks. The left/downhill side goes to the Annie Bidwell trail. The right/uphill side goes to Guardians Trail. After this point, the climb becomes much smoother and less technical for the next 2 miles. When you notice large cliffs looming over the trail to your right, the trail becomes quite a bit more technical. As you move past the cliffs the trail will smooth out for the remainder of the climb. The trail ends when you hit the doubletrack fire road (Ten Mile House Road).Show more
#6 - Middle Trail to Yahi Trail Loop
Bidwell Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
#7 - Bidwell Park Lower Trail
Bidwell Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
#8 - Middle Trail
Bidwell Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 3 h 49 m
#9 - Ten Mile House Road
Bidwell Park
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Length: 10.3 mi
#10 - Bidwell Park Trail
Bidwell Park
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Length: 17.6 mi • Est. 8 h 41 m
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