Chico Outdoor Adventurer Hiking Trails State & Regional Parks

Middle Trail-Live Oak-Upper Trail Loop

Upper Bid­well Parks Mid­dle Trail is a sta­ple, and the Mid­dle Trail-Live Oak-Upper Trail Loop will pro­vide a fun and not-too-hard challenge.

Start­ing and end­ing at Horse­shoe Lake, the hike east along Mid­dle Trail is easy and rel­a­tive­ly flat. At the Live Oak Trail mark­er, begin your ascent to Upper Trail, which is steep with some rocky ter­rain. Once atop the bluff, Upper Trail back to the park­ing area is wide and easy to fol­low. Upper Trail and Live Oak are mul­ti-use trails, so watch for moun­tain bik­ers along the nar­row Live Oak trail. 

Mod­i­fi­ca­tions: Start from Park­ing Lot A to add about 1.5 miles (total) to the hike.

Key Info

Trail Dif­fi­cul­ty: Mod­er­ate

Trail Length & Type: 4.2 mile loop

Best Used: Acces­si­ble year-round

Dogs: Allowed

Trail Map: Upper Bid­well Park map

Oth­er Infor­ma­tion: Make sure to down­load the above Upper Bid­well Park map (or pick up a paper copy from the Chico Cham­ber or the City of Chico Parks Depart­ment) pri­or to your hike to famil­iar­ize your­self with where to find the trail­head and to use on the hike, as cell ser­vice is weak and spot­ty on the trail. 

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 Avenue. Con­tin­ue onto Upper Park Road, turn left for Park­ing Area C at the Chico Com­mu­ni­ty Observatory.