Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Chico with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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.

6 months ago

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

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.

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

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

This hike was definitely a good one to start out with. Very flat, simple and short. Seems like a great place to bring your dogs!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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

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


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.

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.

first hike this week looking forward to to morning early at 5:30 am at Bidwell Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016

this is a great trail in Chico, No shade on the trail, so bring a lot of water, a hat and avoid in the afternoons during the hot months (personal experience). You start out with quite a number of people but the crowds drop off as you go farther and higher. I've done it several times, this last time we saw 4 deer which was nice. I've come across a baby rattler on the path in the past, so beware.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

We "saw" 2 bucks.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Great hike. Very dusty in July. We did some 2 bucks around 10 in the morning, we also saw some interesting scat. Bring lots and lots of water! A water filtration device is not a bad idea for the creek to refill as it was around 93 with 2 miles left to go. There is very little shade. We did see a couple Mountain Bikers.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The trails in upper Bidwell park are better suited for hiking than for biking. in my opinion. Unless you don't mind really rocky mountain bike rides, that is. When Mount Tehama blew up eons ago, it sent rocks and boulders for dozens of miles in all directions. Mount Lassen and Broke-off Mountain are just small remnants of the original mountain. The trails are all in Chico's large Bidwell Municipal park, so it's a quick drive for a nice place to hike or give your dog a bit of fresh air. Dogs are allowed on the North side of the main park road. There are some nice valley views from the North or the South rim trails, especially when the air is clear and the wind is blowing in the Sacramento Valley. Monkey-Face Rock (aka: Monkey Rock) is a popular hiking destination with a great view, but I'd recommend wearing some good ankle-high boots for most of the trails.

This ride is for the expert. The trail starts out fairly easy but quickly becomes expert. It's single track with rocky terrain and cliffs. It was more of a trail than I bargained for with my level of riding.

mountain biking
Thursday, October 27, 2011

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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