Pine Creek Loop
Chico Family Adventure Outdoor Adventurer

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).

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