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Upper Bidwell Park Loop - South Side

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 4.5 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Earn some great views from the South Rim of Big Chico Creek Canyon.


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12.7

Miles

20.5

KM

92%

Runnable

1,385' 422 m

High

274' 83 m

Low

1,596' 486 m

Up

1,596' 486 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This route takes you along Bidwell Park's southern rim, then climbs high up to Guardian Trail, which is some of the best singletrack Bidwell Park has to offer.

Need to Know

The downhill section of Annie Bidwell Trail from Guardian Trail intersection is steep and full of loose rocks, perfect for spraining ankles.

Description

Start and finish at 5 mile recreation area. There, you'll find parking and bathrooms, as well as a good place to swim. Start by running to the end of Centennial Avenue and a short dirt road along Big Chico Creek that leads to the Annie Bidwell Trail.

Annie Bidwell Trail begins immediately climbing up to the canyon's rim until intersecting with Guardian Trail. At the intersection of South Rim and Guardians take the steep, rocky downhill back towards Big Chico Creek. At the end of Annie Bidwell Trail, turn right onto 10 Mile House Trail and climb to the start of Guardian Trail.

Guardian offers some of the best views in Bidwell Park as well as some of its best singletrack. This trail ends where it intersects Annie Bidwell Trail. From here you'll revisit a section of Annie Bidwell Trail that you already came up.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Chico, CA

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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Photos

Above Bear Hole on Annie Bidwell Trail
Mar 18, 2019 near Paradise, CA
Bear Hole
Mar 18, 2019 near Chico, CA
Guardians Trail, where the real fun begins
Mar 13, 2015 near Forest…, CA
Wild Flowers along the South Rim Trail.
Mar 14, 2015 near Paradise, CA
Big Chico Creek
Mar 13, 2015 near Chico, CA
Big Chico Creek at 5 mile recreation area
Mar 13, 2015 near Chico, CA

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Apr 21, 2019
Chuck Aude
May 15, 2018
Christopher Rix
Awesome run in a beautiful place!!!! 12.7mi