Chico Hiking Trails State & Regional Parks

Big Chico Creek Loop

Whether you call it Big Chico Creek Loop, T‑Ford Loop, or Yahi/​Annie Bid­well Loop, the expe­ri­ence is the same: a high-qual­i­ty trek in Upper Bid­well Park loop­ing around Big Chico Creek. A com­bi­na­tion of Yahi Trail and Annie Bid­well Trail, the best time for hik­ing this loop is fall through spring; if you do it in the sum­mer, tack­le it in the morn­ing or plan on dips in the creek along the way. Be pre­pared to be wowed by the vari­ety of micro-envi­ron­ments, shady sycamores, and Love­joy basalt along. You’ll have to ford Big Chico Creek to go from the Yahi Trail to the Annie Bid­well side, but that’s def­i­nite­ly part of the fun! Just be cau­tious and use your best judg­ment when doing so — it can be dan­ger­ous after it rains, when it’s flow­ing faster, and in the win­ter and spring, when the water is cold­er; from Decem­ber through March, it is like­ly impassible.

Mod­i­fi­ca­tion: If you’re still build­ing up your mileage or aren’t quite ready to ford the creek, have fun return­ing to the Yahi Trail and Annie Bid­well Trails individually.

Key Info

Trail Dif­fi­cul­ty: Mod­er­ate

Trail Length & Type: 10 mile loop

Best Used: April — November

Dogs: Allowed on leash

Trail Map: Upper Bid­well Park map

Oth­er Links: Chico Hik­ing Asso­ci­a­tion trail map

Dri­ving Directions

From Hwy 99 take the East Ave. exit east. Fol­low East Ave. towards Man­zani­ta Ave. At the round­about take the sec­ond exit for Wild­wood Ave. Con­tin­ue onto Upper Park Road. If the gate is open, con­tin­ue towards Bear Hole Park­ing Area K. If the gate is closed, park just before the gate in Park­ing area E, and con­tin­ue walk­ing towards Yahi Trail.