Oroville Outdoor Adventurer Hiking Trails State & Regional Parks

Bidwell Canyon Trail

Start­ing at the Sad­dle Dam Day Use Area and end­ing up at Oroville Dam, you’ll enjoy this hike out to great views of Lake Oroville on Bid­well Canyon Trail (aka, Kel­ly Ridge Point Trail). Expect stretch­es of grad­ual but extend­ed inclines and declines through­out your trek, mak­ing for a mod­er­ate­ly stren­u­ous expe­ri­ence. The views at Kel­ly Ridge Point are worth it, though — you’ll see the back side of Oroville Dam, the Bid­well Bar Sus­pen­sion Bridge and can even dip your toes in the water (when lev­els are high) before return­ing. Feel free to stop by the Lake Oroville Vis­i­tor Cen­ter for anoth­er great view on the look­out tower.

Mod­i­fi­ca­tion: Make this a shut­tle by hik­ing through to the Oroville Dam Day Use Area and get­ting picked up there. You can also slight­ly decrease the return trip by arrang­ing for pick-up at the Bid­well Canyon Mari­na; since it’s a state park, there’s usu­al­ly a park­ing fee, but your ride can ask for a free 10-minute pass to pick you up.

Key Info

Trail Dif­fi­cul­ty: Mod­er­ate

Trail Length & Type: 9 mile out-and-back

Best Used: Acces­si­ble year-round

Dogs: Not allowed

Trail Map: Inter­ac­tive Lake Oroville map

Oth­er Infor­ma­tion: This is a bike-friend­ly trail (MTB Project); eques­tri­ans are not allowed

Oth­er Links: CA State Parks Lake Oroville Trails Maps

Dri­ving Directions

Fol­low­ing Oro Quin­cy High­way East/​CA-162E turn left onto Kel­ly Ridge Road. You will pass 2 streets on your left Her­itage Road, and Eastridge Court, short­ly after pass­ing Eastridge Court you will see a sign on your right for Sad­dle Dam Day Use Area. Park here and look for Bid­well Canyon trail­head signs at the end of the park­ing lot.