Guardian Trail is one of the most popular trails in Chico, hugging the southern rim of Chico Creek Canyon and providing great views. For a little bit of everything that makes the trail, and Upper Bidwell Park in general, so great, you’ll want to check out the Guardian Trail-Bloody Pin-Annie Bidwell Trail Loop, starting and ending at the Chico Canyon Trailhead. You’ll be challenged on frequent up-and-down elevation changes (great thigh workout!), switchbacks along the Bloody Pin section, punchy climbs, rocky sections, flat and exposed sections, and even some off-trail spots to stop and enjoy the views.
Trail Difficulty: Difficult
Trail Length & Type: 8.3 mile loop
Best Used: Accessible year-round
Dogs: Allowed on leash
Trail Map: Upper Bidwell Park Map
From Hwy 99 take the East Ave. exit east. Follow East Ave. towards Manzanita Ave. At the roundabout take the first right onto Manzanita Ave. Turn left onto Centennial Avenue or Chico Canyon Road. At the end of these roads park and look for trailhead signs.