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Yahi Trail is a 8.8 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 but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.8 mi Elevation gain 754 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

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.

This hike begins at the Chico Canyon Trailhead.

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Megan Vatcher
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Solo hike. Gorgeous scenery and creek sounds. Saw a bobcat staring down a gopher hole. Scaled the broken stairs and continued on to Salmon Hole by road before turning around.

Trisha Crawford
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Thomas kodair
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Heather Jenkins
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The hike was pretty but the stairs by the dam is out so we had to back track to go around. We ran into two rattle snakes on the trail within 5-10 mins of each other so be on the look out.

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Sebastian F.
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Jordan Pittman
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Hiking

A beautiful trail with many different ways to go. Be careful of rattlesnakes in the summer though! Saw quite a few snake holes...

Dylan Rice
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such a beautiful spot so many places to treasure great place to take a day trip with some friends or loved one, I enjoyed a solo Journey

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Nidhi Panchal
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Kaitlyn Davis
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Aka monkey face,

Justine Garner
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Hiking

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!

Rachel Downs
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Hiking

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.

Shawn Boeckman
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Hiking

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.

Nicki Warren
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Pretty trail in the fall!

Lorraine Schultz
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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.

K Swag
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Very nice. Flows over boulders is great

Rebecca Zehender
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Super nice - with great views and easy trails!

Robin J.
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beautiful views...great hike!!

Abby Rizzo
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Gorgeous and accessible.

Rafael Ortiz
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It wa awesome, my kiddos loved it. Pack plenty of healthy snacks if you take kids. Great way to motivate them and give them energy.

Chris Finetti
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Great hike. The end has a great payoff with fantastic views of the basalt rock formations

Rafael Ortiz
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Fantastic trail. My kiddos had so much fun. We are living in a digital world, so taking the kiddos hiking brings us all back to a simplistic view. Can't wait to do the rest of the trails at Upper Boswell.

Eric Hart
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one of my favorite trails in upper park

Howard Redding
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Hiking

I really enjoyed this trail. Good blend of terrain, and gorgeous views all around. Come early to beat the heat

beau felder
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Hiking

nice easy trail along the creek to multiple swimming holes

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