Upper Bidwell Park Sign
Upper Bidwell Park Sign

The city of Chico is home to amazing hikes and trails throughout the city, and just outside city limits. However, there are some trails that are simply better than others. Let’s countdown our picks for the best trails and hikes Chico has to offer.

#15. Chico Airport Bike Path

This 9.7-mile long path gives any bike enthusiast the opportunity to let the wind blow through their hair, through their helmet of course. With a 131 feet elevation, there is no need to worry about your thighs burning after five minutes into your trip. This path is perfect for a nice ride through the city, or a perfect jog to burn off some calories after one too many margaritas at one of our many Mexican restaurants. The fact that this path is 15th on this list by no means suggests that this is an inadequate path in any way. There is no such thing as a bad trail, some are just better than others, and in our opinion, there are 14 more that we like more.

#14 Peregrine Point Trail

The Peregrine Trail has a nearly endless amount of activities visitors can do. From horseback riding to mountain biking, the trail is your oyster. The nearly five-mile-long loop will give visitors the chance to experience some of Chico’s natural beauty. However, this hike is no walk in the park, so leave the little ones behind on this one, unless you’re willing to carry them during the tougher parts. With that being said, getting to the view from the point will not disappoint.

#13 Blue Oak Trail

Blue Oak trail is the perfect place to bring your canine companions. The trail stands at a whopping 26 feet elevation, making it the perfect walk in the park. The 1.2-mile hike is perfect to get the blood flowing. Going into the lake is not recommended though.

#12 Guardians Trail via South Rim Trail Loop

If you want to bring your hiking or biking game up a notch, The Guardians Tail via South Rim Trail Loop is the place for you. Arguably one of the most difficult trials Chico has to offer, this trail is stacked with not only adventure but beauty as well. During the spring adventurers have the opportunity to walk along wildflowers and wildlife. The Guardians Tail via South Rim Trail Loop is an 8.3-mile long loop standing at 1213 feet of elevation. If you’re in for a bit of a challenge, then this trial is perfect for you.

#11 North Rim B Trail to Mid Trail

North Rim Bidwell Trail
North Rim Bidwell Trail

This trail is relatively flat but quite long. At 9.9 miles, this trail gives hikers the opportunity to spend the day viewing Chico’s natural beauty. Walking side by side with some amazing watering holes adventurers are in for a treat. Just make sure you lather on the sunscreen, especially during the summer months since some parts of the trial lack shade.

#10 Upper Bidwell Trail

Upper Bidwell Sign
Upper Bidwell Sign

We like to call this trial “The Chico Classic”. Visitors going to hike makes this hike farley populated, which is why it is 10 on this list. Over 10 miles long, you get to see a bit of everything, swimming holes, wildflowers, animals and perhaps, some unwanted visitors are possible. If this is your first time in Chico then the Upper Bidwell Trail should be one of the first places you go.

#9 Bidwell Park Trail

Lower Bidwell Sign
Lower Bidwell Sign

Do you have more energy than you need? If so, then the Bidwell Park trail is perfect for you. 17.6 miles of pure beauty await you with this trail. You have the chance to see a little bit of everything. This dog-friendly hike is what you need if you’re desperately seeking some adventure. Just bring a lot of water, because in order to get the full experience it is highly recommended to do the trail in its entirety.

#8 Middle Trail

Lower, Middle and Upper Park Trail
Lower, Middle and Upper Park Trail

Middle trail is great for the whole family. The trail has less than 900 feet of elevation meaning your kids won’t be asking you to but them on your shoulders. Since this trail isn’t a loop, it gives hikers the chance to turn around at any point since the hike is over eight miles long.

#7 South Rim Trail

South Rim Trail
South Rim Trail

Also known as Annie Bidwell Trail, this 4.3-mile hike gives hikers the opportunity to see Upper Bidwell from a different point of view. On the other side of Big Chico Creek, visitors can look down and admire the creek and other hikers in a less populated area. Just make sure you bring proper shoes because the trail tends to get slippery during the wet seasons, which in Chico is every season except summer.

#6 Middle Trail to Yahi Trail Loop

Middle Park to Yahi Trail
Middle Trail to Yahi Trail

Yet another glorious hike Chico has to offer. Walking alongside the Big Chico Creek, this hike allows visitors a chance to cool down and take a dip in the refreshing water at nearly any point during the hike. Your dogs will love it too, just make sure you keep them on a leash since this hike requires them to be on one at all times.

#5 North Table Mountain and Rim Rock Loop

With one of the best views in town, this hike is worth the 20-minute drive. The North Table Mountain and Rim Loop give hikers a chance to do just about anything whether it’s hiking, biking, swimming, even rock climbing! You’ll enjoy over eight miles of breathtaking scenery and wildlife. But don’t forget your hat because the shade is scarce.

#4 Lower Trail

Lower Park trail
Lower Park trail

If you’re in desperate need to get you and the kids out of the house, then this trip is exactly what you are looking for. Because this is a relatively simple journey, this guarantees for a great trip for nearly everyone. Being able to experience the great outdoors without breaking a sweat is the ultimate win-win scenario.

#3 Ten Mile House Road

This “there and back” trail is a well shaded, dog-friendly hike. The 10.3-mile long trip gives visitors a chance to walk next to some of California’s most beautiful wildflowers in the state. This trail is highly recommended for anyone who wants to take in some amazing natural beauty.

#2 Yahi Trail

Yahi Trail
Yahi Trail

Sometimes when you’re on your hike, you want to a break to gain some energy, or just admire your surroundings. The Yahi Trail allows you to sit and simply relax, something that is highly underappreciated in the hiking world. Nearly nine miles of pure beauty allows you to catch our breath or take your breath away. You have to see it for yourself to truly understand the grace and charm Upper Bidwell has to offer.

#1 Yahi Trail to Live Oak to Upper Park

Yahi Trailhead
Yahi Trailhead

Nothing is better than an amazing hike, except when you have the chance to do three hikes in one! This made the top of our list due to the sheer vast amount of land you’ll get to experience. At 4.6 miles, this hike allows you to take a glimpse of not one, but three. Enjoying what all three trails have to offer is an opportunity like no other.

Nobody is perfect. It’s nearly impossible to list every trail Chico has to offer. If we missed your favorite let us know in the comments, and why it’s your favorite so we can check it out for ourselves. Thanks to Alltrails.com for some great information on Chico, California trails.

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