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      Upper Bidwell Park may be considered more wild than its lower counterpart of Bidwell Park. It is separated from Lower Bidwell by Manzanita Avenue and extends fives miles into the foothills, surrounding Big Chico Creek. As you drive in on Upper Park Road, you'll pass a golf course, the parking area for the North Rim Trail, the Kiwanis Chico Community Observatory, and Horseshoe Lake. Then the trails begin in earnest.

      There are over 70 miles of trails, including the popular hiking-only Yahi Trail, not listed, which stretches from parking lot E all the way to the park's North-Eastern boundary.

      Upper Park trails can be easily categorized as rocky and unforgiving. Most trails feature large amounts of old volcanic rock and even the smallest fall can tear you up - knee pads are definitely encouraged for all types of rides here. The endless rocks can be a challenge to adapt to at first, but will force you to be a better rider and once mastered, will allow you to ride just about anywhere. Due to the amount of rocks and ungroomed trails found here, a tubeless set up is advised - otherwise, pinch flats are a certainty. There is lots of cross country riding as well as some pretty gnarly DH but no matter what you're riding, a mid-travel trail bike is suggested at minimum.
      Primary Trail Type: All-Mountain & Downhill
      Shuttleable: YES
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      Access Info:
      Most rides start from or go through the Five Mile Recreation Area. Bathrooms and water can be found there seasonally. From here, it is easy to continue up Centennial Ave to the trailhead for most South side trails. Or, cross the creek to Wildwood Ave and head towards either the North Rim trailhead or the main parking lot near the observatory, indoor gun range, and trailhead for Monkey Face. Water and bathrooms can be found at that main, curved, gravel parking lot as well.
      South side trails can be shuttled from anywhere along Hwy 32 up top to the bottom at Centennial Ave & Chico Canyon Rd.
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails
      59
      Total Distance
      55.1 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      22.7 miles
      Total Descent
      2.2 miles
      Highest Trailhead
      1,543 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,271 ft
      Reports
      252
      Photos
      63
      Ridden Counter
      211

      Photos of Upper Bidwell Park Mountain Bike

      trail: Lower Trail
      18 |
      Oct 12, 2016 @ 5:12am
      Oct 12, 2016
      Lower Trail, California
      73 |
      Apr 8, 2016 @ 9:17pm
      Apr 8, 2016
      North Rim Trail, Chico
      111 |
      Mar 31, 2016 @ 11:20pm
      Mar 31, 2016
      Guardians Trail, Chico
      101 |
      Aug 30, 2015 @ 4:10pm
      Aug 30, 2015
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      Videos of Upper Bidwell Park Mountain Bike

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      trail: 420
      1:46 | 34 | Nov 19, 2013
      Secret Trail - Mt. Diablo
      3:08 | 182 | Dec 6, 2012
      Jack London DH w/New Lower Trail
      2:26 | 93 | Aug 11, 2012
      Jack London DH w/New Lower Trail
      2:16 | 72 | Aug 11, 2012
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      Upper Bidwell Park Mountain Bike Routes

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      Bidwell Bump XC race course race
      13.4 miles
      South Rim DH race
      4.1 miles
      Rodney's XC Loop race
      8.9 miles

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      Bike & Skill Parks

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      Nearby Riding Areas

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