4 miles
558 ft
-1,375 ft
Avg time

Guardians Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Upper Bidwell Park
    Chico, California
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
    Drop, Jump, Rock Face, Rock Garden, Roller Coaster
  • Global Ranking

Guardians Trail is probably fun for those who enjoy the thrill of cheating death. Bikes are allowed but it was never built for them and it has had little to no maintenance. There are brutal rock gardens, sharp lava rock, off camber corners, washed out sections with 20 foot cliff drops, and much much more.
EDIT: Guardians is one of the most popular and most famous trails in Chico. It is one of most people's favorite trail in the park and includes a little bit of everything. The upper section is open and mostly flat with some large rock faces that can be cause for a hike-a-bike. The middle follows along the base of the cliffs of south rim and is tree covered. This is a fun rollercoaster section with some tricky rock features such as the toilet bowl, short punchy climbs, and fast flowy singletrack. The lower section includes more tricky rock sections and flowy sections. Many sections of Guardians are very exposed.

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More Stats for Guardians Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -817 ft
  • Altitude min
    569 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,387 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,386 ft
  • Altitude end
    569 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,206 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Apr 26, 2017
Avg: 4.8 (7 votes)

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Guardians Trail Trail Reports

Apr 26, 2017 @ 12:07pm
Apr 26, 2017
Trails Open!
Apr 18, 2017 @ 12:58pm
Apr 18, 2017
Trails closed and wet.
Mar 29, 2017 @ 2:37pm
Mar 29, 2017
Trails Open!
Mar 22, 2017 @ 1:40pm
Mar 22, 2017
Park trails closed to bikes due to rain. Will reopen when dry.
Mar 8, 2017 @ 12:03pm
Mar 8, 2017
Park trails are open again. Dirt is prime right now.
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Jun 18, 2017 @ 12:18pm
Jun 18, 2017
Guardians Trail, My City
21 |
Jun 1, 2017 @ 9:59pm
Jun 1, 2017
Guardians Trail, Chico
27 |
May 25, 2017 @ 5:14pm
May 25, 2017
Guardians Trail, Chico
168 |
Mar 31, 2016 @ 11:20pm
Mar 31, 2016
Guardians Trail, Chico

Routes with this trail

Bidwell Bump XC race course race
14 miles
South Rim DH race
4 miles
Bidwell Bump Super-D race
6 miles

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