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Middle Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chico, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 820 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Kid friendly Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers
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K S
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HikingNo shadeRocky

This trail is awful. It’s insanely rocky, golf ball to bowling ball size nearly the entire length. The rout itself is completely featureless aside from a view of a rock formation known as “Monkeyface” but you can’t admire it because if you take your eyes off the ground you’ll break an ankle. You’re primarily in grassland with infrequent sections of shade. I am an experienced wilderness backpacker who spends an average of 5 weeks a year hiking/backpacking. I would never recreate in Upper Bidwell Park and certainly not Middle Trail. I would also not recommend anyone visiting me to go there because there are about 100 better spots for an outdoor experience within an hour drive of Chico.

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Judy Benson
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HikingNo shadeRocky

I'm not sure how people are saying this is family friendly. It was incredible rocky, rutted, and narrow trail. Very little to no shade. No views or if there were I didn't notice because I really had to watch where I was going due to the rockiness.

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Cynthia Stoney Chico Chik
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Colleen Smith
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lots of trail options...beautiful this time of year!

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Tyler Tyler Friend
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cool

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Ben Doney
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Mountain biking
First to Review

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.

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Melinda Smith
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Drew Fissori
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Erik Aguilar
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Brian Vagg
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David Smith
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Nate Call
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Bill F.
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Mykalyn Stahr
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Bill Matthews
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Bill Matthews
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Rhiannon Tice
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Michael Seko
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Mindy Rae
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Michael Hart
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Adam Johnston Sr.
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Paige Badstubner
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Ethan Cole
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Matthew Bauer
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Alicia Perry
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Patrick Crowell
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Bill Matthews
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Bill Matthews
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