Explore the most popular trails near Paradise with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
3 months ago

This is the head dam. Awesome place to hang and swim. My advice to park at the gate and drive a quad or some type motorcycle down cause the hike up is hard. Going down-is fine .... but coming up hurts lol. Once you get down there is quite beautiful. Great swimming hole. You can jump off the dam the water is pretty deep. You can even walk behind the waterfall if you know where the spot is to go under it. Up the river is Whiskey Flatts where you can find the naked lady . Dont worry about being on the road going down to the Head Dam or PgE. Everyone uses this road and Has for years.

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
washed out
3 months ago

A lot of the Flumes are burned down and collapsed be careful

Multiple washouts approximately 3/4 mile downstream of the Head Dam. Significant structural damage to flumes and surrounding trails, flumes are either totally destroyed or very unstable (fire damage and rock slides). Large transient camps at about a mile downstream.... really not a safe place to be currently. RIP flumes, sad to see such a beautiful place destroyed.

Regretfully, this trail was damaged beyond repair in the Camp Fire. It is unlikely they will ever reopen this area to hikers.

Apparently parts of this trail are private property owned by the utility company PG&E. There are signs posted saying access is restricted. After a quick google search, apparently the company is also putting up physical barriers to stop people from accessing these trails. I wouldn’t suggest going here unless maybe you‘re a local.

Entire route is on private property except for the first 0.5 miles on straight gravel road. Gates across all access points with signs stating "Private property, area patrolled". I would not recommend.

nature trips
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Such a beautiful view

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.

hiking
Wednesday, September 05, 2018

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

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

hiking
Monday, August 06, 2018

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.

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

walking
Thursday, May 17, 2018

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.

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!!!

mountain biking
Sunday, March 11, 2018

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
Friday, February 09, 2018

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.

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