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The last mile down to trail head is a very steep full of washboard, take it slow and watch out for other cars. The trail itself is wonderful, very flat. You walk about 30% on top of the flumes on a single great which is pretty easy to walk on. very peaceful with the water right next to you. When we got to the trail head we went to the right and walked about about 2 1/2 miles and had a great time. Lots of shade.

Awesome hike! Enter on dean road for an easier hike & quick water access instead of the hospital parking lot

Unless the 2 trails are close to the same these pictures are of the North trail.

There are several elevated walkways or bridges. I think the pictures for the North trail and South trail got mixed.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is exciting and the views from every angle are quite beautiful. There are some harmless snakes and lizards and plenty of lovely flowers on the trails. The water is clear and cool.
Be cautious of poison oak if you decide to venture off of the main trail.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

It was an awesome hike worth the trip. The water on the dam is as clear as day. Super cold. Overall great time.

walking
4 months ago

This destination is beautiful. It’s fun to bring dogs and swim around on a warm day. You can jump off of the dam into the water as well. I’ve only been once and there were a couple other sets of people but nothing crazy. It might get busy on a weekend in the summer. The hike down is easy and the hike up KILLED me and my asthma. I think there is another route in that is more mellow— if not I’ve heard people say they drive down. I would still rather do the brutal hike up than drive though, just for the work out aspect.

One of my favorite local Chico/Paradise trails. Start in the middle and go left if you’re cool with heights; right if you don’t do heights but you want to stop at swimming holes. I love both for the different reasons. Dog friendly as well!

You can't actually access the flume anymore. You have to walk through private property and there are signs up saying it's patrolled.

You can't actually access the flume anymore. You have to walk through private property and there are signs up saying it's patrolled.

You can't actually access the flume anymore. You have to walk through private property and there are signs up saying it's patrolled.

So I would recommend coming down in a truck because the turns and the gravel are rough..there were a bunch of water snakes and lizards on the trial harmless it was a great hike we got there around 10ish good timing beautiful views on the entire walk there once we got to the flume canal we got really close to the water and had lunch before we went back great short 5mile hike glad I was able to check it off my list! If it wasn’t so windy I think it would have been perfect swimming weather

Awesome hike! My husband and I had so much fun, counted over a thousand salamanders along the way. Moderate hike, definitely don’t run, haha I fell but luckily I didn’t fall off the cliff

Lovely walk in the cool months. Not sure what is “moderate” about it as it is nearly completely level and you can walk as far or as little as you want.
Bring pepper spray as we encountered two dogs barking threateningly at us with no owner nearby. I must guess they were from some house on the ridge top.
Nice ferny cliffs with native wildflowers.

Very pretty!!!

For Biking I suggest driving up past Magalia and Desabla reservoir to Powelton Road and biking the Hendrix flume which is fairly level and has some exceptional views. Some of the trail is narrow so keep good control of your bike and have fun!

walking
7 months ago

Didn’t see anyone else on the trail, and the mountain side view was mostly blocked from all the big trees along the trail. The “hike” itself is pretty, and super easy. The drive down the single car road however, was not! If I’d known how rocky, bumpy and narrow it was I wouldn’t have drove my Camry down. I recommend a truck. I was terrified driving down, even more so driving up.

Covered in "No Trespassing" I assume because it's dangerous and some people have been dumb in the past. Walked a little ways in but there kept being more and more explicit no trespassing signs right where the trail is.

2099 dean road is a long narrow steep hill but there is parking at the bottom where the trail starts. You can go left or right, we went right and it was beautiful. We got to the waterfall, hiked about a quarter more and then went back because that flume went on forever. Highly recommend.

How do I get to the Dam can anyone point me in what way.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Lovely trail for an evening hike. A couple places I was a little unsure which direction to take, but otherwise just what I needed for me and my dog to get a nice workout

walking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

2099 Dean Road is where we picked up the flume it's overlooking the river below and the sounds of waterfalls while walking is tranquility personified! Highly recommend this section...our out and back was 5 miles, we could have gone further.

hiking
Thursday, October 06, 2016

I would NOT recommend this trail (which is actually up to 15 miles r.t.) for mountain bikes; at least one person has DIED doing that. But it's a terrific hike, with numerous access points, for anyone not suffering from vertigo and there are many other good mountain bike trails in the area. Your best bet for sixty plus trails in the Paradise area is The Flumes and Trails of Paradise: Hiking through History on the Ridge. A complete list of local vendors is found on the authors' website, flumesandtrails.com. (Oh, btw, there is no such thing as the "Lime Saddle Memorial Park.")

start from the hospital and walk to the dam.

Drove out from Sacramento to bike on this trail to find it gated and fenced off with private property, no trespassing signs. Gates looked pretty well secured and signs said that the area is patrolled, so we left for the Paradise Lake trail instead. I would recommend going to that one instead!

walking
Thursday, September 05, 2013

Nice short trail where you can walk beneath peaceful forest canopies and take in pleasant canyon vistas. The catwalk portions are not good for people with equilibrium issues.

hiking
1 day ago

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