Upper Bidwell Trail is a 10.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chico, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length10.2 miElevation gain1,102 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowers
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Heather and Shawn
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Via ferrata

Very pretty with all the wildflowers in bloom.

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Kyle Driscoll
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Very busy right now and muddy start but other than that this is an amazing trail!

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Crissy Harrigan-Smith
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Hiking
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Benjamin Pacheco
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Hiking

Fun, rocky.

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Marisa Lopez
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Hiking

This trail is extremely rocky, but fun and challenging. You’ll need hiking boots or trail runners. Chico has a special place in my heart!

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Steve Bowman
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Joey Page
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Mountain bikingRocky

Trail is very beautiful. But extremely rocky. it's like Lassen erupted a few thousand year ago and jetted it's lava rocks all over this landscape. this wouldn't have been a huge issue if I was on my feet, but I was mountain biking with a bike with only front shocks. There are definitely better trails out there for biking

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James Christopher
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Hiking
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Quintin Brown
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Samuel Wright
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Steve Bowman
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Terri Coutolenc
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HikingGreat!Rocky

I didn’t anticipate doing the upper trail, but I figured what the heck, and gave it a try. Happy I did. I took a trail that pretty much went straight up. It is a pretty rocky trail once you get up there so appropriate footwear is recommended. When I was there it wasn’t super busy. I was able to sit on a rock overlooking the direction of the Yahi trail and I sat there for 20 minutes before I heard people behind me. I liked this trail, but on top is again rocky. The trail down was nice. It wasn’t a straight down, the trail gradually drops you down. Nice hike, it’ll make you sweat, but you’ll have an amazing view if you make it to the top!i

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rick vang
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Michelle Cascio
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Hiking

Crisp!

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Marissa Brake
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Walking

Nice trail but very easy

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Dwayne Rogers
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Eddy Gwartney
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Hiking

This type of trail really isn’t my favorite type. It’s rocky, and nothing close to lush. That being said ... It’s a good use of land, as lots of people were walking and biking. I do appreciate the use of the land. It’s good exercise. Glad I visited.

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Micah Ball
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Hiking

Rocky

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Dwayne Rogers
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Samuel Wright
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HikingNo shadeRocky

if this is moderate I'm worse off than I thought.

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Shanele Veilleux Gosselin
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Hiking

Lots of fox tails and poison oak growing to large bush sizes. Great hike with moderate amount of people using from mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners.

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AllTrails User
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HikingRockyScramble

Very rocky

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Robert Jefry
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HikingRocky

Great trail just really rocky.

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Cynthia Stoney Chico Chik
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Hiking

Beautiful hike!

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Terrence Robertson
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HikingOff trailRocky

Nice little hike.. was able to modify to cut the hike in half.. the cut off point was cave trail.. straight up hill to the connecting trail.. good cardio.. heavy traffic on main trails..

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