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14.2 mile 22.9 kilometer loop


Ascent: 1,747' 533 m
Descent: -1,747' -533 m
High: 1,382' 421 m
Low: 273' 83 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)


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A tour of Bidwell Park complete with amazing views and fun, technical singletrack.

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This loop combines the most popular trails on both sides of the park, B Trail and Guardians Trail. Great views of the Valley and the park are seen throughout the ride, as well as some of the best riding Chico has to offer.

Need to Know

There is a wet crossing of Big Chico Creek to pass from the north to south side of the park. This is typically impassible during the winter. The climb up North Rim Trail gets a lot of sun and can be very hot on warm days. This ride can be shortened by returning after B trail via Middle Trail or the park road. Riding B Trail and Guardians Trail when the creek is impassible is typically done by returning to Horseshoe Lake on Middle Trail after descending B Trail, crossing the creek at Bidwell Park Golf course and ascending the South Rim Trail to Ten Mile House Trail.


This ride begins with a rocky, gradual climb up the North Rim Trail. There are some short downhill sections towards the top of North Rim. Turn onto B Trail at the sign and get ready for fast, techy singletrack beginning with small rock gardens along the rim of the canyon and changing to high speed banked turns as you descend into a riparian woodland along Big Chico Creek. Take a left onto the park road and ride to the end, follow a short section of singletrack leading to a wet creek crossing.

After cooling off from the creek crossing, try your best to make the steep, rocky climb up to Ten Mile House Road. Make a right turn onto Ten Mile House Trail and put on your climbing legs. You'll climb back up to the rim of the south side where Guardians Trail begins. Guardians begins as smooth, flowing singletrack, gradually becoming more rocky and technical as you descend. The trail is built along the bluffs of volcanic cliffs.

There are several drainages that require judicious negotiation to avoid taking a spill onto unforgiving lava rock. Towards the lower section, Guardians merges into the South Rim Trail. The trail ends on Centennial Avenue, veer to the right onto the road and pedal approximately a quarter mile back to Five Mile recreation area.

History & Background

Bidwell Park is defined by Big Chico Creek, beginning as a narrow strip of greenery in the heart of Downtown Chico and gradually widening as one travels upstream through lower and middle park. This ride travels along the northern and then the southern boundaries of upper park.


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Mar 18, 2019
Ryan McDonalds
Apr 29, 2018
Chuck Aude
May 10, 2017
Mike Colon
Oct 4, 2016
Giovanni Galasso
Aug 8, 2016
Doug Streblow
Radness 26mi
Aug 28, 2014
Spencer Young
over 100 degrees. trail sucked. way to Rocky.
Jun 24, 2014
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Rode this trail on 06-19-2106. Trail consisted of North Rim trail, B-trail, 10 Mile house Road trail, Gaurdain trail and South Rim trail. In short this is meant for only for REAL advanced riders. Intermeidate riders can't do many many sections. Beginners, just don't even think about it. I am an intermediate rider. 1. North Rim - easiest one. Slow rocky (too much rocks), enegry sapping climb. Casual runners easliy go past me :) Noting techical. 2. B-Trail. Very technical rocky downhil. I did about 50%; rest hike a bike. Techinical riders delight of 1 mile. 3. 10 mile house road - Nothing techincial. Just a brutal long climb. So many loose rocks. Jsut wears you out. 4. Guardian - I thought B-Trail was seriusly technical. Thats nothing. B-trail never made me nervous though I walked some sections. But Guardian trail is just brutal. I don;t think even adanvced riders can do few sections. Extemely exposed and narrow and bloody BIG rocks with no space between them. I made good ones in the beginnig. But once the nasty section started, I walked the entire trail almost. Every 5 (FIVE) meters there is an unridable spot. It was useless to get in the bike for that distance. Simple put, walking itself was diffcult, let alone try riding. Fatal accident is written all over it. Toughest I have seen in my bike riding. My heart skipped beats in few places that I tried to ride. Luckily, I chose to walk :) 5. South RIm - Intermediate riders can ride except couple of places, thats just as difficult as Graudian; so walk there. You have got to keep left. In some places the trail has left and right trail and then joins back together. In these places use the left. I took right in one place that went to a dangerous cliff. Walked back and took the left. Overall. its a very techincal trail. Very easy to meet a severe/fatal crash. Needs a SERIOUS amount of energy ride thru/with the rocks.. Don;t be fooled by 14 miles. Thanks G Jun 20, 2016

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