“Lava Cap trail along Big Chico Creek Canyon's North Rim.”
— Jco25 Colby
Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Can be very hot in the summer, plenty of loose rocks, little shade.
The trail starts at the easter cross near the north rim parking lot. It is very wide in the first mile with multiple trails dropping back into the shallow canyon. As the trail gains elevation, it gradually starts to resemble a trail rather than a widened road of loose lava cap. The views start to become more magnificent the higher the trail gets. Towards the top there are some short downhill sections before climbing to B Trail
and beyond to a lookout. The trail can be done as an out and back or a short backtrack to B Trail
will take the runner back into the canyon where one can return on Middle Trail
The North Rim Trail sits atop the northern canyon of Big Chico Creek and offers stunning views in all directions once some elevation is gained. The trail itself is widened singletrack from years of use and erosion with very little soil sitting upon lava cap.
Flora & Fauna
Live oak, Valley oak, Manzanita, poison oak