Hike Butte


Hiking is a great way to explore Butte County—we have hundreds of miles of trails that are perfect for hiking in Northern California. From the southernmost border to the highest peak, we’ve put together a list of 35 hikes and hiking trails in Butte County so that you can #HikeButteCA. Whether you’re new to hiking and are looking for some Northern California hikes to explore or have multiple multi-day excursions under your belt, there’s a hike on this list for you!

We’ve made a game out of completing what we think are the best hikes in Butte County. All hike information includes:

  • the name of the hike
  • key information about city
  • length and time of year to visit
  • hike description
  • a link to the trail map
  • driving directions to the parking area to access the hike (these will be the most accurate for several of the included hikes; the “Map” link takes you to the check-in coordinates, not the parking area)
  • the check-in location if you’re playing along with us (the check-in location is not always the trailhead)

The more hikes you complete, the more swag you can earn, and the more entries you have in our quarterly prize drawing. (See official terms and conditions for full details.)

Now, sign up for the pass and hit the trails!

Click here to see all included hikes!

#HikeButteCA Pass

  • Hike Butte County trails and check-in on your mobile device to track your progress
  • Free to participate, no app to download
  • Qualify for quarterly grand prize giveaways and earn prizes--the more you explore, the greater your chances of winning!

How this Pass Works

Step 1 - Get Your Pass

This mobile exclusive passport is a collection of curated hikes in Butte County.

Step 2 - Receive Text

After you sign-up, your passport will be instantly delivered to your phone via text and email and is ready to use immediately! There is no app to download. If you want one-tap access to your passport, you have the option of saving it to your phone’s home screen.

Step 3 - Redeem

When checking in to a hike, you will need to be within a .25 mile radius of the trail head in order to redeem on your pass.

Included Hikes

See locations on an interactive map.

Easy Hikes

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Chico Seed Orchard
Chico. 1 mile loop. Accessible year-round. Wheelchair accessible. Dogs allowed on leash.

Also known as the Mendocino National Forest Genetic Resource Center, the Chico Seed Orchard is a paved mile-long loop that’s accessible to the whole family (note: the path is uneven in several spots due to...
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Chico State University Campus Arboretum
Chico. Around 1.2 mile out-and-back, but mileage can vary. Accessible year-round. Dogs allowed on leash.

Located throughout campus and running along Big Chico Creek, the Chico State Campus Arboretum makes for a beautiful and easy urban “hike.” Starting at the Physical Sciences Building,...
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Feather River Trail
Oroville. 3.6 mile out-and-back. Accessible year-round. Dogs allowed on leash.

Running along the river that gives it its name, the Feather River Trail starts at Riverbend Park and meanders east upstream (right from the soccer fields) to Table Mountain Blvd. The paved trail and multiple access...
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Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Loop
Gridley. 1.8 mile loop. Accessible year-round. Lands Pass required (complete online or pay in cash on-site). Dogs allowed on leash.

You’ll find two easy, flat trails at the Gray Lodge—the first is the main 1.8-mile unpaved...
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Jonesville Canyon
Jonesville. 3.8 mile out-and-back. Best used May-October. Dogs allowed.

The Jonesville Canyon trail takes you near the headwaters of Butte Creek. Even though it’s one of the lowest elevation High Country hikes in Butte County, you’ll still get the benefits of a cooler summer hike compared to...
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Little Chico Creek Bike Path
Chico. 4 miles out-and-back. Accessible year-round. Wheelchair accessible. Dogs allowed on leash.

Begin your walk parallel to Little Chico Creek along this paved path, which takes you through quiet residential areas on one side and, during the rainy season, a small creek and trees on the other. ...
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Lower Bidwell Park


Chico. Mileage varies between 1 and 5 miles. Accessible year-round. Dogs allowed.

A hike through Lower Bidwell Park takes you through the mellow half of Chico’s famed Bidwell Park and diverse views throughout the year. In the fall, the park is full of vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows of...
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Monkey Face Loop
Chico. Around 1 mile, but mileage can vary. Best used February-May. Dogs allowed on leash.

Overlooking Bidwell Park from the top, the Monkey Face Loop is one of the most trails popular in the park. Generally accessible year-round, you’ll enjoy it the most April through May and September through...
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Paradise Lake
Magalia. 9 mile out-and-back. Accessible year-round. Closed on Wednesdays. $3 parking pass required. Dogs not allowed.

On this easy trail, you’ll enjoy some of the best views of the picturesque Paradise Lake. The trail is flat and well-maintained with plenty of shade, making it perfect for young...
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Pine Creek Loop
Chico. 1-2 mile loop. Best used April-November (prone to flooding December-March). Dogs allowed on leash.

Slow down, way down, when strolling around the Pine Creek Unit of the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge. Just outside the bustle of Chico, this protected land is home to abundant...
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Rattlesnake Hill Trail
Oroville. 1.2-mile loop. Accessible year-round. Wheelchair accessible. Parking pass required ($8). Dogs not allowed.

Coiling around the hill above the North Thermalito Forebay, the Rattlesnake Hill Trail is a small, twisting, paved trail that’s easily accessible for walkers, joggers, and...
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Thermalito Diversion Pool Trail
Oroville. 6.4 mile out-and-back. Accessible year-round. Dogs not allowed.

Part of the much longer Brad Freeman Trail and featuring lake views, the northern side of the Thermalito Diversion Pool Section of the trail is a popular hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking spot—so feel free to enjoy the...
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Yahi Trail
Chico. 7.9 mile out-and-back. Accessible year-round. Dogs allowed on leash.

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...
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Moderate Hikes

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Annie Bidwell Trail
Chico. 8.8 mile out-and-back (9.4 miles from Chico Canyon Trailhead to 10 Mile House Trail). Best used March-November. Dogs allowed on leash.

Best used March-November. The Annie Bidwell Trail starts off with short, punchy climbs up to the rim of the canyon, and follows with a steep, rocky...
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Bidwell Canyon Trail
Oroville. 9 mile out-and-back. Accessible year-round. Dogs allowed on leash.

Starting at the Saddle Dam Day Use Area and ending up near the Lake Oroville Visitor Center, you’ll enjoy this hike out to great views of Lake Oroville on Bidwell Canyon Trail (aka, Kelly Ridge Point Trail). Expect...
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Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve
Forest Ranch. 2-3 miles out and back. Accessible year-round. Dogs not allowed.

Containing 3,950 acres of diverse habitats, 4.5 miles of Big Chico Creek, and countless species of flora and fauna, the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER) offers a variety of trails to explore. From the gated...
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Big Chico Creek Loop / T-Ford Loop
Chico. 10 mile loop. Best used April-November. Dogs allowed on leash.

Whether you call it Big Chico Creek Loop, T-Ford Loop, or Yahi/Annie Bidwell Loop, the experience is the same: a high-quality trek in Upper Bidwell Park looping around Big Chico Creek. A combination of the previously mentioned...
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Butte Creek Trail
Magalia. 2.4 mile out-and-back. Accessible June-October. Dogs allowed.

Discover the remote Forks of Butte Creek Recreation Area along the Butte Creek Trail. Starting at Doe Mill Bridge, the trail travels south along the west side of Butte Creek before ending along the canyon’s edge. Once you get...
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Colby Mountain Lookout/Colby Meadows
Near Butte Meadows. 7.3 - 9.6 mile loop. Accessible May-October. Dogs allowed.

Offering a variety of snow-covered cross-country skiing and snowmobiling trails in the winter, Colby Mountain Lookout/Colby Meadows is just as fun when explored on foot. It’s higher elevation location makes it a great...
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Dan Beebe Trail
Oroville. 11.9 mile point-to-point (shuttle required). Accessible year-round. Dogs not allowed.

Starting at Saddle Dam at Lake Oroville and meandering up Kelly Ridge and past the Lake Oroville Visitor Center, the Dan Beebe Trail takes you on a scenic journey past Oroville Dam down to the Lakeland...
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Hollow Falls
Oroville. 1.5 mile out-and-back. Best used December-April. Lands Pass Required $4.58. Dogs allowed on leash.

One of several trails on the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, Hollow Falls makes for a moderate, dog-friendly...
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Humboldt Peak To Cold Springs
Butte Meadows. 6.8 mile point-to-point, shuttle required. Best used July-October. Dogs on leash allowed.

Discover some great views along the highest ridge in Butte County as you hike from Humboldt Peak to Cold Springs. Following the Pacific Crest Trail, you’ll travel by the county’s highest...
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Lime Saddle Memorial Park Trail
Oroville. 3.8 mile out-and-back. Accessible year-round. Dogs allowed on leash.

Located on the northwestern side of Lake Oroville along the West Branch of the Feather River Arm, the Lime Saddle Memorial Park Trail starts from the trailhead near the intersection of Pentz Rd. and Lime Saddle Rec Road...
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Loafer Creek Loop Trail
Oroville. 3.6 mile loop. Accessible year-round. Parking fee required (State Recreation Area). Dogs not allowed.

Accessible from all three campgrounds in the Loafer Creek Campground, the Loafer Creek Loop Trail is perfect for hikers and equestrians. Enjoy rolling hills and a few steeper climbs and...
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Middle Trail-Live Oak-Upper Trail
Chico. 4.2 mile loop. Accessible year-round. Dogs allowed.

Upper Bidwell Park’s Middle Trail is a staple, and the Middle Trail-Live Oak-Upper Trail Loop will provide a fun and not-too-hard challenge. Starting and ending at Horseshoe Lake, the hike east along Middle Trail is easy and relatively...
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North Rim Trail
Chico. 8.4 mile out-and-back. Accessible year-round. Park in Parking Area B. Dogs allowed on leash.

One of the longest trails in Upper Bidwell Park and a gateway to a variety of different loop options, North Rim Trail is a worthwhile trip on its own. As it runs parallel to the edge of the park,...
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Phantom Falls
Oroville. 4.2 mile out-and-back. Best used November-April. Lands Pass Required $4.58. Dogs allowed on leash.

While finding the trail is a little tricky, once you do find it, the hike to Phantom Falls is a fairly easy one. The...
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South Rim Trail
Chico. 3.4 mile out-and-back. Accessible year-round. Dogs allowed on leash.

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 Peregrine Point, descend over the rocky trail until...
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Yellowstone Kelly Heritage Trail
Paradise. 4.3 point-to-point; shuttle required. Accessible year-round. Dogs allowed on leash.

Starting at the Paradise Depot Museum, the Yellowstone Kelly Heritage Trail (formerly the Paradise Memorial Trailway) offers a converted, paved “rails-to-trails” path that runs parallel to Skyway for...
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Difficult Hikes

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Bidwell Park Tour
Chico. 15.5 mile loop. Closed during wet weather. Dogs allowed on leash.

The Bidwell Park Tour is a challenging trek along the most popular trails on both sides of the park—North Rim on the north side and Guardian Trail on the south side, linked by B Trail and Ten Mile House Road. A wet...
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Guardian Trail-Bloody Pin-Annie Bidwell Trail Loop
Chico. Chico. 8.3 mile loop. Accessible year-round. Dogs allowed on leash.

Guardian Trail is one of the most popular trails in Chico, hugging the southern rim of Chico Creek Canyon and providing great views. For a little bit of everything that makes the trail, and Upper Park in general, so great,...
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Many Waterfalls Cross-Country Loop
Oroville. 11.3 mile loop. Best season November-April. Lands Pass Required $4.58. Dogs allowed on leash.

If you’re not willing to get wet and muddy, then the Many Waterfalls Cross-Country Loop is not the...
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North Rim Loop
Chico. 10.2 mile loop. Accessible year-round. Dogs allowed on leash.

A Chico classic, North Rim Loop (sometimes referred to as Upper Bidwell Trail)—traversing North Rim Trail, B-Trail, and Yahi Trail —offers a little bit of everything that makes Bidwell Park so special: swimming holes for...
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North Rim To B Trail To Middle Trail
Chico. 9.9 mile loop. Accessible year-round. Dogs allowed on leash.

A collection of popular Upper Bidwell Park trails, the North Rim-B Trail-Middle Trail Loop will both push you and reward you. The North Rim Trail is a slow and rocky climb with great views to B Trail, which descends through many...
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Upper Bidwell Park Loop-South Side
Chico. 12.7 mile loop. Accessible year-round. Dogs allowed on leash.

An extended version of the previously mentioned Guardian Trail-Bloody Pin-Annie Bidwell Trail Loop, the Upper Bidwell Park Loop - South Side takes you along the park’s southern rim and multiple popular trails—Annie Bidwell...
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