Hugging the south-east border of Upper Bidwell Park, the South Rim Trail offers up big views of Big Chico Creek Canyon’s—you guessed it—southern rim.
Starting from the Chico Canyon Trailhead, you'll hike about .7 miles on the Annie Bidwell Trail and then ascend over the rocky trail 1.7 miles to Peregrine Point, where you’ll be able to take in the expansive vista and enjoy the downhill return trip.
To make it a little more challenging, start at Peregrine Point (and hike until you hit the Annie Bidwell Trail) so that you have to go uphill on the return trip.
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Trail Length & Type: 3.4 miles out-and-back (from Peregrine Point parking area to Annie Bidwell Trail)
Best Used: Accessible year-round
Dogs: Allowed on leash
Trail Map: Upper Bidwell Park Map
TO CHICO CANYON TRAILHEAD: From Highway 99 N, take exit 385 onto Highway 32 toward Chester/Orland. Turn left onto Bruce Road and continue onto Chico Canyon Road and after .3 miles, turn right to stay on Chico Canyon Road. Park in the gravel parking area at the end of Chico Canyon Road on Centennial Avenue, and the trailhead will be to your right.
TO PEREGRINE POINT: From Highway 99, take the Highway 32 East exit. Drive about 6 miles, pass the last light at Bruce Road and a parking area at Humboldt Road on the right. Look for a paved dirt entrance on the left, turn in, and park.