Bidwell Park Upper Canyon - Trail, Chico, California

Bidwell Park Upper Canyon - Trail, Chico, California

DESCRIPTION

Rocky, technical riding that will leave you sore (unless you're a techno-weenie with a free(k)ride bike)

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[Sep 24, 2009]
J Schneider
Cross Country Rider

Upper Bidwell Park has a labyrinth of trails for the intermediate to advanced XC rider with a serious downhill trail known as 'Green Gate' should you want to switch things up.

North Rim: Starting at 'The Cross', a landmark seen from the paved road just after entering Upper Park itself, this trail grinds up through a singletrack running along the boundry of the park. Riders will be challenged by technical rock sections and a continuous steep climb along the canyon rim. Seneral minor trails branch off to the right (all singletrack) which conects you to the other major trails: Upper, Middle, and Lower Trail. North Rim eventually connects into the major connecting trail, B-Trail.

Upper Trail is for the advanced rider winding along the canyon wall and eventually joining up with Middle Trail about 2 miles into the park.

Middle Trail, the longest singletrack running into the canyon, starts off at the Upper Park entrance and can be ridden by Beginers though just after Horseshoe Lake, it becomes an advanced/intermediate single track with riders challenged by techncial sections mixed in among intermediate trails/singletrack sections. Middle turns to an advanced trail about 2 miles in and eventually connects with the major connecting trail known as "B-Trail"

Lower Trail is a good place for riders new to the park as is acclimates you to most of the topographical challenges in the park. Starting at Horseshoe Lake, this trail runs parallel to the fire road and gently climbs about 1.5 miles till it joins up with the fire road. Good trail ride if you want a shorter ride and/or you have less experienced riders in your group though it should be approached as a intermediate skill-level trail.

B-Trail. This is not for the Intermediate rider To truly enjoy this single track switchback, you should be an advanced/expert rider with a stout rig. Challenging switchbacks combines with steep rocky downhill sections makes this an absolute challenge. Descending B-Trail from north Rim, riders have an opportunity to loop back down the canyon on Middle trail and several minor connecting trails. B-Trail eventually ends at the fire road, approximately a half mile from the end of the park.

Customer Service

North Rim up past the power lines and then grab B-Trail to the Fire Road. Decent the fire road back to your starting point. Duration: @2.5 hours.

Middle Trail starting at the Cross, follow past Horse Shoe and through several sections. Drop down onto lower trail about 1.5 miles in and then finish to the fire road. You can grind up the road for some cardio to Devils Kitchen or turn and head back on the Fire Road to finish. Duration: <2 hours.

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South Rim is for advanced riders and also is the follow-on to the infamous Green Gate downhill run that starts at the Green gate just off HWY 32.

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4
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4
[May 14, 2007]
monjeloco
Cross Country Rider

I love Bidwell Park and all the hazards it brings to you. Coming from Sonoma County I was shocked by its landscape at first glance but after six months of riding, hiking and learning the lines I have to say Upper Bidwell is one of my favorites places. I love to stand at the edge of that canyon, believe me, I wish to be there right now, the openness filling is awesome. Any trail in UB will test your skills, even the easy sections here are so technicals that in other parks it will be described as an intermediate skills level sections. It is not about the rock, is about to surf on those trails up and down surviving every second. This is a place where you don't want to crash, if you loose your line you'll pay the price... Just keep your line and enjoy...

Customer Service

Finally I put together what I call a beginners ride. A 11 miles loop playing with the Elevation: Park on Hooker Oak park/go toward the dry creak/go right toward the bridge/climb to the fire road and go left/left on the single track thats take you to middle trail trail head/go on middle trail and merge L on unnamed ST that takes you toward the park boundary/ follow the Single Track that runs beside the park boundary untill is finished/ R on NR trail for a bumpy down hill/ after the power lines merge L on manzanita trail/ back on NR trail for the rest of the DH? merge L on middle trai ang go all the way after you pass the power lines/ merge L for a stip and short DH/ R on lower trai/ go acroos the parkin and around horse shoe lake/L on midde trai again go all the way/back on the ST for your car.

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You have to go to Feathers Falls for a great scenic and easy ride...

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5
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3
[Apr 01, 2007]
yampa
Cross Country Rider

Start downtown and ride the lower park road into the Upper park for a great warm up and head up the North Rim at the "cross" parking lot. The fence line trail is a bit faster (read smoother) for those without immense travel on either end. Get to the end and drop into the B trail. Good stuff. Lots of poison oak in the spring. Hit the park road and take a left to the end of the road. Sit in the grass and pull off the shoes and cross the creek (VERY cold in March). Head up the trail and stay to the left at the "10 mile house" area head off to the right on the single track. Great trail. Continue on this to the old pistol range or cross at Bear Hole. Very careful the cycling cleats are very slippery on this type of basalt.

Customer Service

See above.

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Oroville Dam area is similar but not as technical.

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4
VALUE
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4
[Nov 01, 2006]
bianchibrian
Cross Country Rider

Technical, rocky singletrack. Fun climbs and descents on both the North and South sides of the creek. Downhill and freeride mostly on south rim side. North rim to Live Oak trails is a great XC ride. Ride the Bidwell Bump race in September for some very burly XC racing.

Customer Service

see above

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Green gate to Bloody Pin trail off hwy 32 in Upper Bidwell, also Bidwell Bump race course.

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4
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3
[Oct 09, 2004]
sno148
Downhiller

looooooooooooong uphill great fun on way down

Customer Service

go to upper park turn into NORTH RIM parking lot first gravel parking lot on left

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south rim

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3
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4
[Apr 25, 2004]
XCpro900
Cross Country Rider

Correction on above summary. I'm originally from Chico, and have ridden Upper Bidwell Park for 15 years. It's Big Chico Creek not Butte Creek. I still ride Upper Bidwell Park every year on at least one of my vacations.

Customer Service

All are very good!!!

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See Above

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5
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4
[Mar 04, 2004]
water_grrl
Cross Country Rider

Does anyone know if the creek is too high to cross this time of year (March, one week after big rains)? thanks.

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5
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4
[Dec 23, 2003]
Gary Teague
Weekend Warrior

Question? When I ride the North Rim trail. If I keep going will I eventually end up at 10 mile house or HWY 32? I usually go to about Brown hole and come down to the gravel road. Next question, does the south rim Anny Bidwell trail take me to the frisby golf range? Thanks for the info.

Customer Service

North rim trail about three or four miles then down to the gravel road and take a dip at one of the many watering holes on the way back to the horseshoe lake area.

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4
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4
[Feb 08, 1999]
Tomass

The first part of the trail up the North Rim is a long gradual climb. areas with lots of lava rocks.
There are a couple flat spots to recover a bit. The ride down B trail is a technical downhill. lots of rocky areas.

Customer Service

For a good climb and a rewarding downhill, climb the north rim trail to B trail (switch backs), take this trail down to the main road. there are a few ways back to the trailhead, Turn left to finish the Bidwell Bump race course, turn right to take main road back, or just before you hit the main road, take the trail that goes right at the lower Y.

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There are a lot of other trails here at bidwell, ranging from short loops to longer trails like the Bidwell Bump Course. Bidwell Park offers great views and a creek to jump in on a 100 degree day..

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5
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[May 05, 1999]
Rob

I don't know. I live here nad I've only ridden in a couple other places. I love these trails, though, and they're definitely worth a look.

Customer Service

Cross to the south side of the creek at 5 mile, ride down the road a little ways and hit south rim. Really a one of a kind trail- off-camber singletrack, tough climbs, one seriously hairy descent and it goes a pretty long way. For a killer ride take north rim up to the switchbacks, ride those down, cross the creek and take south rim back.

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Lower Bidwell Park kicks ass if you've got a 24 inch cruiser or something to carve singletrack on.

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5
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