Explore the most popular hiking 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
22 days ago

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!

hiking
22 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRES

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty trail in the fall!

hiking
4 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
4 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.

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.

4 months ago

Very nice. Flows over boulders is great

Super nice - with great views and easy trails!

Great hike for families.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful spring day hike. Birds, flowers, lake, rocks, bike trails. So much to see and do. Dog friendly as well

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.

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

beautiful views...great hike!!

9 months ago

Gorgeous and accessible.

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.

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

11 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.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

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.

Friday, September 15, 2017

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

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

hiking
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!

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

nice easy trail along the creek to multiple swimming holes

hiking
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. :)

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