Bidwell park is a "city park" but it is also a "wilderness park". The lower part of the park is the grassy area with the picnic tables and swimming pool. The upper part of the park is the wilderness area with the hiking trails.
There are approximately a dozen trails in this area of the park. We chose the Yahi Trail because it runs along Big Chico Creek. The trail is about 4 miles to the end. We went in about 2 miles.
As this is also a botanical park, you will see signs along the way pointing out the plant species and also birds and wildlife. We came upon a deer and also a lot of woodpeckers. We also came upon a man fly fishing for salmon.
One great thing about this trail is that there is an outhouse about 2 miles in "just in case you need one".
Highlights: Beautiful views, Big Chico Creek
Near: Chico, CA
Distance: 4 Miles Round Trip
Hike Time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Trail Condition: Well Maintained Trail
Hike Type: Out and Back
Trailhead: On Wildwood just off of Manzanita. From Highway 99, take E. 8th Street and head east to where E. 8th Street becomes Chico Canyon Road. Bear to the left onto Manzanita. Take Manzanita to Wildwood Avenue and proceed to the dirt parking lot.