4 miles
Distance
558 ft
Climb
-1,375 ft
Descent
00:37:50
Avg time

Guardians Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Upper Bidwell Park
    Chico, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Jump, Rock Face, Rock Garden, Roller Coaster
  • Global Ranking
    #12445 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 90 in Trail Running
    • 75 in Hiking

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
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Guardians Trail bike trail 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
    -74.07%
  • Grade min
    44.855%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,206 ft
  • Avg time
    00:37:50
  • Avg reverse time
    01:01:36
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Status:
on Apr 29, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 4.3 (7 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Max Vehicle Width
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LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Guardians Trail Trail Reports

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      Apr 29, 2020 @ 12:27pm
      Apr 29, 2020
      Mar 28, 2020 @ 6:46pm
      Mar 28, 2020
      Friday 3/27/20. Very open, despite Park website, and sign at the top. Had to walk a narrow cliff-hugging 20 ft technical section. Clear visible...
      Nov 9, 2019 @ 9:06pm
      Nov 9, 2019
      Jun 30, 2019 @ 9:54am
      Jun 30, 2019
      Mar 15, 2019 @ 5:00pm
      Mar 15, 2019
      Trails open. Few down trees and a little mud but still good riding.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 86 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 204 rides
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      Photos

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      29 |
      Apr 23, 2020 @ 12:29pm
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      78 |
      Apr 29, 2019 @ 9:42am
      Apr 29, 2019
      133 |
      Apr 28, 2018 @ 11:52pm
      Apr 28, 2018
      149 |
      Dec 28, 2017 @ 5:03pm
      Dec 28, 2017

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