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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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      Open on Dec 30, 2018

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #554
      State Ranking
      #31
      Trails (view details)
      64
      Trails Mountain Bike
      64
      Trails Hike
      64
      Trails Trail Running
      64
      Total Distance
      62 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      27 miles
      Total Descent
      13,205 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,263 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,535 ft
      Reports
      729
      Photos
      304
      Ridden Counter
      1,400

      Photos of Upper Bidwell Park Mountain Bike

      17 |
      Dec 9, 2018 @ 8:42pm
      Dec 9, 2018
      Fence Line / North Rim Trail
      32 |
      Apr 28, 2018 @ 11:52pm
      Apr 28, 2018
      Guardians Trail, My City
      trail: Winston
      40 |
      Apr 28, 2018 @ 11:47pm
      Apr 28, 2018
      Winston, My City
      14 |
      Apr 28, 2018 @ 11:46pm
      Apr 28, 2018
      Upper Upper Trail, My City
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      Videos of Upper Bidwell Park Mountain Bike

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      trail: 420
      1:46 | 35 | Nov 19, 2013
      Jack London DH w/New Lower Trail
      2:26 | 111 | Aug 11, 2012
      Jack London DH w/New Lower Trail
      2:16 | 78 | Aug 11, 2012
      Jack London DH w/New Lower Trail
      12:23 | 132 | Aug 11, 2012
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      Upper Bidwell Park Mountain Bike Routes

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      The Sport Bump
      8 miles
      Rodney's XC Loop race
      9 miles
      South Rim DH race
      4 miles
      Bidwell Bump Super-D race
      6 miles

      Recent Comments

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      user #1610052SkottyTreportSouth RimClosed signage at multiple access points
      Sep 2, 2018 @ 1:24pm
      Sep 2, 2018
      user #1610052SkottyTtrailSouth RimClosed signage at multiple access points
      Sep 2, 2018 @ 1:22pm
      Sep 2, 2018
      user #857382felinesexytrailLegacyLooks good
      Aug 9, 2017 @ 7:21pm
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      Jul 6, 2017 @ 1:46pm
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