4.1 miles
558 ft
-1,375 ft
Avg time

Guardians Trail Details

  • Riding area
  • 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.

Local Trail Association
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
    1.3 miles
  • Distance down
    2.3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,206 ft
  • Avg time
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on Feb 2, 2017
Avg: 5 (2 votes)

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Guardians Trail Trail Reports

Feb 2, 2017 @ 12:34pm
Feb 2, 2017
Park trails closed to bikes due to rain. Will reopen when dry.
Jan 29, 2017 @ 9:14pm
Jan 29, 2017
Park's Open!! Still a little wet in many spots so tread lightly.
Dec 9, 2016 @ 12:26pm
Dec 9, 2016
Park closed for rain
Dec 5, 2016 @ 3:07pm
Dec 5, 2016
Trails open again!
Nov 20, 2016 @ 10:29am
Nov 20, 2016
Park closed for rain
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Technical Trail Features (TTF)


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131 |
Mar 31, 2016 @ 11:20pm
Mar 31, 2016
Guardians Trail, Chico
147 |
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:31pm
Aug 26, 2015
Guardians Trail, Chico
236 |
Mar 9, 2015 @ 12:13am
Mar 9, 2015
Guardians Trail, Chico
185 |
Mar 9, 2015 @ 12:11am
Mar 9, 2015
Guardians Trail, Chico

Routes with this trail

Bidwell Bump XC race course race
13.4 miles
South Rim DH race
4.1 miles

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