Explore the most popular trail running 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.

on Upper Bidwell Trail

hiking
1 month 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.

Great hike for families.

hiking
3 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.

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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

It's a great long ride with amazing views . Can be narrow and technical requires low speed stability skills.

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.

walking
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.

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

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

hiking
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.

on Upper Bidwell Trail

hiking
Monday, October 19, 2015

I have lived in Chico for 26 years and love it and Bidwell Park, but the best time to hike these trails is in the spring. The summer is hot and dusty (I've posted a couple of pics) and this park gets many visitors.

hiking
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

We "saw" 2 bucks.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

mountain biking
Sunday, June 08, 2014

There are many great trails in Upper Park. Once you pass the lake, most of the riding is technical with lots of rollers, rocks, and pinch points. From a hiking perspective, its a just an awesome area to take in nature and the beauty of the park.

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
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Some people say you have to work hard to get the good things in life. Well this is definitely the case with North rim to B trail. The views at the top and B trail are well worth the grueling climb to the top. Very technical downhill with some drop offs that make you cringe, but conquering them is such a rush. After B trail lets you off at the Park road, you have some choices to go left and cross the creek to South rim or continue down the road and catch middle or lower trail.

mountain biking
Thursday, October 27, 2011

The trail itself is not anything special, but where it takes you is and the views are nice for hiking. On the bike it's merely a means to an end...B Trail. North Rim is a climb up the north side ridge of Upper Bidwell Park. The first part of the climb is over lava cap and solid mud flows and is a very rough trail the width of a single lane road. The climb is a steady 1200ft elevation gain, but due to the rough and rocky terrain it feels like a steeper climb. If you can push through this first section, you'll be rewarded with some solitude, better views, and of course access to some other great trails.

After you pass the power lines, which is about 2 miles up the 4 mile climb, the trail changes. It narrows down into singletrack, becomes a bit more technical in parts, and adds in some fun elevation changes. Both the right and left side of this part of the trail offers great views down into the Chico Creek canyon to the south, and the north valley on the other side. At the top of this trail you'll hit B-Trail which is just a killer fast downhill trail of about 1.5 miles. B-Trail alone is worth the 30-40 minute climb, but at the bottom of that trail is even more good stuff.

Bottom line: North Rim is pretty uninteresting for mountain biking, but takes you to some great views and better trails.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 11, 2011

A great 3.2 mile climb up a rocky ridgeline, then a sweet decent down technical singletrack, and a few choices on where to go from there. Middle trail back has some short climbs and decents adn a few minor technical obstacles, or continue down the park road and cross the creek and continute to South Rim or Ten Mile House and Guardian trail.

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