Chico Outdoor Adventurer Hiking Trails State & Regional Parks

North Rim Loop

A Chico clas­sic, the North Rim Loop (some­times referred to as Upper Bid­well Trail) — tra­vers­ing North Rim Trail, B‑Trail, and Yahi Trail—offers a lit­tle bit of every­thing that makes Bid­well Park so spe­cial: swim­ming holes for sum­mer dips, spring­time wild­flow­ers, wild ani­mals, and more. The length, rocky ter­rain, and ele­va­tion loss and gain make this a dif­fi­cult trail, but first-timers to Chico should still put this on their Must Vis­it” list. (Just keep an eye out for moun­tain bik­ers rac­ing down B‑Trail!). To get from B‑Trail to Yahi Trail, you’ll need to briefly fol­low Upper Park Road.

Mod­i­fi­ca­tion: Those still work­ing on build­ing their mileage can shave off a lit­tle time and dis­tance by start­ing at Horse­shoe Lake instead of Lot B. You can also shave off the end of the Yahi Trail by cut­ting over to Upper Park Road clos­er to the B‑Trail at Lot S near Browns Hole. 

Key Info

Trail Dif­fi­cul­ty: Dif­fi­cult

Trail Length & Type: 10.2 mile loop

Best Used: Acces­si­ble year-round

Dogs: Allowed on leash

Trail Map: Upper Bid­well Park map

Oth­er Infor­ma­tion: B‑Trail is pop­u­lar with bik­ers, so keep be alert as you tra­verse this part of 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 B (First turn on your left).