Hiking The Bidwell Park

The 44th most popular hiking trail in California.

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Northeast of Chico, the 3,700 acre Bidwell Park (3700 acre) has plenty of trails to check out.

North Rim Trail: North Rim Trail starts at the Easter Cross (parking area B) off Upper Park Road. Set along the rocky northern bluffs of Upper Bidwell Park, the trail itself lacks soil and is also rocky.

North Rim Trail intersects with the following main trails:

-Middle Trail near the Easter Cross

-Blue Oak trail northwest of Horseshoe Lake

-Maidu trail northeast of Horseshoe Lake

-Live Oak Trail north of Diversion Dam

-B Trail northwest of Brown's Hole

There are also a number of minor, unnamed trails that it intersects with during its ascent into Upper Park.

Upper Trail: Northeast of Horseshoe Lake is where Upper Trail starts. It begins as an upper fork off of Middle Trail and eventually runs into Upper Park Road at Diversion Dam.

Middle Trail: Middle Trail begins near the intersection of Wildwood Avenue and Upper Park Road (at parking area A). From the Easter Cross to B Trail (where it ends), it runs parallel to North Rim Trail.

Lower Trail: Lower Trail begins on the eastern side of parking area E (located at Horseshoe Lake). It spills onto Upper Park Road between Day Camp and Bear Hole.

B Trail: B Trail was constructed by a mountain biking enthusiast and has a number of switch backs. It can be accessed from near the eastern end of North Rim Trail, or from Upper Park Road west of Brown’s Hole.

Yahi Trail: Yahi Trail was constructed in 1967 by the Yahi Group of the Sierra Club. It begins just east of Horseshoe Lake (parking area E), off of Upper Park Road, and finishes when it runs into Parking Area U (at the end of Upper Park Road). A thick canopy of creek side trees provides ample shade for much of Yahi Trail. In addition to the swimming hole parking lots, access to all of the swimming holes can be made via Yahi Trail.

Pine Trail: Pine Trail is located directly across from the Santos Ranch Road on Highway 32. The hiking trail winds downhill until it intersects with Guardians Trail.

10 Mile House Road: 10 Mile House Road is easily accessed from Highway 32, between Santos Ranch Road and La Castana Drive. Many park visitors refer to the entrance of 10 Mile House Road (which is actually a service road) as “Green Gate” due to the fact that there is a green gate in place to prevent unauthorized vehicles from entering. The road can be used to access Guardians Trail, Annie Bidwell Trail, and Big Chico Creek. The road meanders downhill, then eastbound along Big Chico Creek until it runs into a gate at the park’s northeastern-most boundary.

Wildwood Trail: Wildwood Trail runs along Sycamore Channel, between Wildwood Avenue and the north side of the Five-Mile Recreation Area. The trail meanders through a woodland full of Blue Oak and Foothill Pine trees. There are a number of unnamed, minor trails in the vicinity of Wildwood Trail as well.

Bloody Pin Trail: Bloody Pin Trail can be accessed from Guardians Trail (west of its intersection with Humboldt Trail) or from Annie Bidwell Trail.

Guardians Trail: Guardians Trail can be accessed form 10 Mile House Road, Pine Trail, or Humboldt Trail. It runs east to west along the base of the cliffs south of Big Chico Creek. It ends west of the Disc Golf Course.

Annie Bidwell Trail: The Annie Bidwell Trail (ABT) formerly called the South Rim Trail, runs west to east. It can be access at the intersection of Chico Canyon Road and Falcon Pointe Drive, and off of 10 Mile House Road. It is approximately 4.6 miles in length.

Overall, Bidwell Park is the 44th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Bidwell Park including Middle Ridge Loop Trail, Yahi Trail, Henry Coe State Park and Castle Rock State Park.


Local Contact(s):  Chico Visitors Bureau (800) 852-8570 or (916) 891-5556; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Recommended Book:  "100 Classic Hikes In Northern California" from John Soares

Best Season:  Mar. - Oct.

Base Camp:  Loafer Creek CG, Oroville

Breakfast Restaurant:  Cornucopia, Chico

Article Source:   Hiking The Bidwell Park https://www.trailsource.com/?type=HIKE&id=6833

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  7/8/2016

ID:  6833

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