Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

hiking
4 days ago

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.

Drove up there and the trail was closed! :(

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty trail in the fall!

hiking
3 months ago

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.

on Upper Bidwell Trail

hiking
3 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.

3 months ago

Very nice. Flows over boulders is great

Super nice - with great views and easy trails!

Great hike for families.

hiking
5 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.

8 months ago

beautiful views...great hike!!

8 months ago

Gorgeous and accessible.

Beautiful quiet hike

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

10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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.

Friday, September 15, 2017

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

one of my favorite trails in upper park

hiking
Thursday, March 16, 2017

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

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
Sunday, January 15, 2017

nice easy trail along the creek to multiple swimming holes

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.

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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