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over grown
10 days ago

I took this as a nature walk. I should have ran it, very well kept trail. Pretty short loop, but a good one.

This is a great trail! Not too difficult, not too long, some in shade, some without. The elevation is up and down constantly so my thighs and ankles were sore after the 4 hour loop, but it's a great workout. There are some great views and some nice off-trail spots to enjoy the creek or some mountain views.

Started with the Upper Trail. Not too much of a climb, but only occasional shade. At the top of the trail we climbed down a few rocks to cross a tiny stream and headed towards the river and the lava rocks. A few college kids were swimming and whatnot so we headed down the Yahi trail and found a nice spot to sit next to the river and cool our feet. Near the river my wife startled a good sized rattlesnake that quickly coiled up, but gave us plenty of warning (rattle) to get away. We did. Very nice trail. Tracked ourselves with the app and stayed right on course.

I enjoyed. It was a mix of sun and shade. View from the sunny upper trail beautiful and the shady part near the Chico River cool and foresty. Good spots to wade in the water. excellent bird watching.

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muddy
no shade
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rocky
1 month ago

Doing a combination of the Upper Bidwell trail and the Yahi trail makes for a decent loop trail. Springtime is perfect for this because there’s lots of wildflowers and the temperatures are in the 60s/70s. Since there’s not much shade here it’s the perfect time to do this. The first part of the hike takes you over and down the hills where you get some nice views. The Yahi trail portion follows the rim of the canyon where the Greater Chico Creek (a tributary of the Sacramento River) flows through. You get plenty of great views of the river and the canyon as you go through. By the way, the trail is pretty rocky. There’s at least 1000 ft elevation gain. When your on the Yahi trail, be prepared for some mild creek crossings and walks through muddy grass areas. Also you might be sharing the trail with dirt bikers. However I don’t think horses are allowed, but dogs on a leash are.

Beautiful trail! Super green and tons of wild flowers. Took 2 hours with my dog and we stopped a ton to take pictures. The creek is really flowing so I wouldn’t recommend swimming when you get down on the Yahi portion of the trail. Great trail! Will definitely be doing this again soon!

Great trail! Yahi Trail was next to the water, tons of wildflowers in April. It was beautiful!

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muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Kid and dog friendly ♥️

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rocky
2 months ago

2 months ago

beautiful trail!

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rocky
2 months ago

I may have wandered off to a hill to have something more challenging. I was on the road for a bit because there wasn’t another trail but I’m not the most familiar with the trails in general. Perfect to jog on!

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

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muddy
washed out
2 months ago

Great, easy trail. Went after several days of heavy rain so much of the trail is muddy, flooded, or washed out. But the easy grade, and terrific view of the mighty flowing Big Chico Creek, especially at Bear Hole are well worth the hike. A great quick getaway hike.

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muddy
3 months ago

Started off thinking we were doing the south rim trail (4.3 mi) it was a little surprise doubling our intended distance but happy we did as the views were much better on this hike. I personally wouldn’t rate it as a hard hike, nothing like elevation changes in tahoe, but the distance may be hard for some. A good portion of this was burned recently. We enjoyed it and will probably revisit in the spring to see the flowers.

Great if you want a difficult and rewarding mountain bike ride.

I really enjoyed myself in this hike. This time of year (January) everything is so green. Adventurous hike, there’s a little creek along the trail. Several trails to branch off from

4 months ago

Aka monkey face,

Aka Monkey Face, good hiking spot, you actually hike.

hiking
6 months ago

I hiked the Upper Bidwell Park Trail for the first time today (it was very smoky but still very beautiful) and I absolutely loved it! I took a few wrong turns and ended up on multiple trails so let me tell you the path I took... I started out on the Upper Bidwell Trail and decided to continue onto the Middle Trail instead of taking the Live Oak Trail to elongate my hike. I ascended all the way up to B Trail (which was so much fun). Then, on the way down, I followed the North Rim Trail to the Maidu Trail to finish my hike. What a long and interesting hike! The way up was tiring and the trail was very rocky at times. I wore my Nike running shoes thinking they would provide enough comfort but the rocks and grade of the trails killed my ankles. I would definitely wear some hiking boots or shoes that support the ankles. The views were fantastic even with the smoke from the Camp Fire. Not a very hard trail by any means and I am looking forward to going again! If anybody wants to have a hiking buddy, please add/message me on Facebook (22/M).

You want a fun challenging ride

hiking
7 months 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
7 months 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.

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8 months 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.

Decent, mild to moderate trail for a day hike.

Drove up there and the trail was closed! :(

CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRES

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty trail in the fall!

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