Chico Outdoor Adventurer Hiking Trails State & Regional Parks

Yahi Trail

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.

Mod­i­fi­ca­tion: 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.

Key Info

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.