Middle Trail

Upper Bidwell Park, California

Elevation Gain1,296ft
Trailhead Elevation365ft
Elevation Min/Max341/879ft
Elevation Start/End365/365ft

Middle Trail

Middle Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Chico, California. It is within Upper Bidwell Park. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 365 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,296 feet. Near the trailhead there are drinking water and a bench. The Area R parking can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Manzanita Trail, 420 Dh, Red Bud, Live Oak Trail, Salmon Hole Trail, Upper Trail, Lower Trail, Cave Trail, B Trail and Lower Cave Trail.

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I've ridden this trail countless times in different seasons, but like all trails in Upper Bidwell Park it is the best in the spring. Middle trail is a great mixture of climbing, descending, technical features, and it takes you almost to the end of upper park. The flatland area at the entrace to Upper Park has some very nice flat and smooth singletrack, after Horseshoe Lake it starts to point up and you get into some moderate technical sections, but still do-able for beginners. After passing Bear Hole to the right, the workout really begins and you get into some harder technical sections, a couple slippery climbs, and some nice dips. This trail dumps out onto B-Trail right above the park road. You can turn around for some good fast downhill, or head up the park road, cross the creek and go up Ten Mile House to hook onto South Rim or Guardian's Trail. Great way to see a variety of trail surfaces in Bidwell and "session" some technical features.

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Trail Information

Upper Bidwell Park
Nearby City
Upper Bidwell Park
City of Chico Parks Department 530-895-2401
Local Contacts
Cycle Sport; City of Chico Parks Department; USGS 7.5-minute quads for Richardson Springs, Paradise West
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018