Lower Trail

Chico, CA
Length: 1.90 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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Lower Trail is a high trafficked dirt trail in Upper Bidwell Park. It is best visited from October to May, or whenever it is not hot out, as there is not much shade cover. In the Spring this area is full of wildflowers and is beautiful. In the winter there are many mud puddles (and thick mud spots) and  little streams in the rock formations, which can be fun to explore.

This trail is open to biking, dogs (on and off leash), and even horses.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Carrier needed No
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

Mud Puddles

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Park lot E is the closest parking lot to the trailhead, but it is often full, especially on nice days. If you are patient and drive around a bit, you usually do not have to wait long for a parking spot, as people are coming and going pretty regularly.

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.

About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.