Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

hiking
23 hours 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!

If anybody wants to have a hiking buddy, please add/message me on Facebook (22/M).

You want a fun challenging ride

Drove up there and the trail was closed! :(

CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRES

on Upper Bidwell Trail

hiking
5 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.

hiking
7 months ago

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

Fantastic hike with a local hiking group in Chico.. I have been testing my limits in hiking long distances and in heights..lovely wildflowers and amazing views..great work out.

The views are great! I went in October and it was pretty dry. About 2 miles in I realized the rocks had cut my dog’s paw. We had to limp back up the rocky terrain. I would recommend no dogs or have booties for them. Great exercise for me though.

8 months ago

Nice easy walk! Lots of trails around so it can be confusing but it’s still a nice trail for a walk.

Beautiful quiet hike

great canyon hike. flowers, swimming very few people, great scenery and views

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Moderate to tough if your first out on your first hike but nice golf course view and we only made it halfway

Thursday, October 12, 2017

We took the trail to the north. This is more of an access road for Hwy. 32. Although there are parts of trails to walk they are not scenic. It has areas that people used as dump sites. As a woman I wouldn't hike this alone. We came across a sketchy looking individual. The trail going through the disc golf area may be better.

Friday, September 15, 2017

A nice variety of elevation changes and scenery. Watch out for snakes!

Bird's eye view of upper park is amazing! Great hike but beware of the mountain bikers - lots of blind corners.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The walk up is really ugly, but coming down is great. Recommend doing at sunset or sunrise

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

lots of trail options...beautiful this time of year!

hiking
Saturday, February 04, 2017

Ten Mile House Trail is great for those afternoons that you want to get lost in nature, but you do not want drive an hour or so to get there. Just a short 15 minute drive from Chico, this trail offers a low traffic route for those looking to get a vigorous workout. Lots of great wildflowers and flowing creeks in the springtime.

hiking
Saturday, January 07, 2017

The first part of this hike was not pretty. Lol. And most of the trails were streams. If you want to go after it rains, be sure to have water proof hiking boots.

The view from the point does not disappoint. It's beautiful. There is a disc golf course here so watch your head. :)

Friday, December 23, 2016

cool

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fun little beginner trail with some short technical obstacles can be done by most riders.

It's a great long ride with amazing views . Can be narrow and technical requires low speed stability skills.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Loved being next to the creek for most of the hike.

hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

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.

walking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

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.

hiking
Friday, July 15, 2016

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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Did the first part of the trail! Nice view from the top.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

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

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