There are plenty of reasons why the pedestrian-only Yahi Trail is one of the most popular hikes in Bidwell Park: a variety of micro-environments, Big Chico Creek, large shady sycamores, and beautiful spring wildflower blooms. The path mostly follows Big Chico Creek, has lots of shade, and features beautiful wild flowers in the spring, particularly late March. You’ll find great spots to stop for picnics, swim in the creek, and lay out and relax. Make sure to bring a swimsuit and water shoes for enjoying a dip in one of the many natural swimming holes you’ll pass. If you’re looking for a change of scenery on the way back, walk back along Upper Park Road instead of returning along the creek.
If you don't have time for the full Yahi Trail experience, it's only about 1.5 miles to the iconic Bear Hole from the start of the trail.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Trail Length & Type: 7.9 mile out-and-back
Best Used: Accessible year-round
Dogs: Allowed on leash
Trail Map: Upper Bidwell Park Trail Map
From Hwy 99 take the East Ave. exit east to the roundabout and take the second exit for Wildwood Ave. Continue on Wildwood Ave. until it turns into Upper Park Rd. Turn left into the Parking Lot E, just after the Chico Rod and Gun Club. Walk back towards Upper Park Road to the gate (This gate is closed Sundays and Mondays for cars) but you can continue to walk through it, along the road, until you see a sign for Yahi Trail on your right. If Lot E is full, you’ll find additional parking in the Gun and Rod parking area as well as Lots C and D.