Bidwell Park - North and South Alternative
ElevationAscent: 1,061' 323 m
Descent: -1,062' -324 m
High: 868' 265 m
Low: 272' 83 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“This is an alternative to the typical North Rim/Guardian loop.”— Ben Doney
Upper Trail is a fun and challenging 2 miles, growing increasingly rough and technical the further East you ride. When you drop down to Middle Trail, you continue upwards you'll have a good climb to B Trail.
I think the best part of this ride comes after the creek crossing on South Rim Trail. From 10 Mile House road, the trail is a lot of fun and starts of with narrow singletrack among the oak trees. After a steep climb you'll find yourself close to the canyon wall with some great vistas and an overlook of Iron Canyon (lots of Lovejoy Basalt). From this point on, it's rough and rocky. You'll be much happier if you brought a full suspension bike!
Take a right on B Trail down to the Park Road and take a left. You'll reach the end of the Park Road after a quick descent, and continue on the trail to the creek crossing. Take the short trail up to 10 Mile House Trail and take a right.
There is a post marker for South Rim Trail, but the writing is worn off. Just look for a LARGE rock on the left side of the road, a square metal post, and the trail leading off to the right. Stay on South Rim Trail and it will take you up a steep, miserable scramble fondly known as Tennis Ball Hill. It's the worst part of this ride, but if you can ride the whole thing you should get a medal! At the top you'll take a right and continue on until you hit pavement.
The pavement is Centennial Ave, and you'll take a right on this, riding until you come to the 5 Mile Recreation Area. There is a paved bike path through the area that leads to a pedestrian bridge. Cross the bridge back over to the North side of the creek. This will lead you back to the flat oak tree area where you first started the ride. You can also take a right on the small access road, and then a left onto Upper Park Rd. This will take you back out towards the entrance to Upper Park and Wildwood Park area.