Bidwell Park (Upper): Annie Bidwell Trail

Chico, CA
Length: 4.30 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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Annie Bidwell Trail (formally known as South Rim Trail) is an out and back trail perfect for little hikers. The first mile is pretty flat and follows next to a beautiful creek and then into a more wooded/shaded area next to a golf course. The trail also begins really wide (first 1/4 mile or so), and has a small rock/cement wall in most places, where there are higher drop off points. It is shaded most of the way, a creek to watch and throw rocks into (or swim in if the weather is nice), and lots of wildlife to spot. You could use a stroller on this first 1/4 mile.

After the first 1/4 mile the trail narrows and gets rocky and after thr first mile, the trail begins to narrow more and takes you up on to a ridge with steep drop off points. I would recommend a carrier for young children on this part of the trail.

The trail does get muddy in the rainy season and does close because of it, so while it is open in the winter, the trail is best in the spring (wildflowers) and fall (colorful leaves). Summer is okay, but not all of the trail is shaded, so it would be quite hot.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Bike Trails, Creek / River, Shaded Hike, and Wildlife Viewing

Trail Contributor

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I am a mama of two boys. I love drinking tea and am a better mom when we are outside exploring nature (and when I have tea). I have a family bike and love it. I enjoy baking, cooking, and eating my creations. I love the idea of yoga, but never seem to be consistent in finding time to practice. I love reading, but again rarely find the time. My family just ventured into urban farming. I love sour beers and delicious food. I work for a local non-profit as a training coordinator, and volunteer as a Branch Ambassador for our local HiB community and for the HiB Localized Support National volunteer team.

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Getting There

The trailhead is called Chico Canyon trailhead and is at the corner of Centennial and Chico Canyon Drive.