Chico Outdoor Adventurer Birding Hiking Trails

Pine Creek Loop

Slow down, way down, when strolling around the Pine Creek Unit of the Sacra­men­to Riv­er Nation­al Wildlife Refuge. Just out­side the bus­tle of Chico, this pro­tect­ed land is home to abun­dant wildlife and migra­to­ry birds, with two easy-to-fol­low trails — one around 1 mile and the oth­er around 2 miles — to enjoy. There are also two pic­nic areas to help you enjoy your time. Bring the whole fam­i­ly and the binoculars!

Key Info

Trail Dif­fi­cul­ty: Easy

Trail Length & Type: 1 – 2 mile loop

Best Used: April-Novem­ber (prone to flood­ing December-March)

Dogs: Allowed on leash

Trail Map: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


Fol­low CA-32 W towards Hamil­ton City. Look for a sign say­ing Pine Creek Unit. The unmarked road will be on your left soon after you pass Riv­er Rd. (Note if you pass Gianel­la Rd. or the Sacra­men­to Riv­er you have gone too far.) Go down the groomed dirt path until you reach the park­ing lot. (Note dur­ing the rainy sea­son this could be very muddy).