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Chico Hiking

Use the city page to learn about local hiking, nature, trailheads, trail and route maps, and groups that meet near the city.

Parks and Preserves in and Near Chico

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge | Distance: 28.22 km

Plumas National Forest | Distance: 45.34 km

Mendocino National Forest | Distance: 51.74 km

Lake of the Woods State Wildlife Area | Distance: 57.3 km

Lassen Volcanic National Park | Distance: 58.03 km

Tahoe National Forest | Distance: 67.69 km

Lassen National Forest | Distance: 72.37 km

Maidu Park | Distance: 75.71 km

Folsom Lake State Recreational Area | Distance: 78.62 km

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park | Distance: 84.93 km

Putah Creek State Wildlife Area | Distance: 85.65 km

Las Posadas State Forest | Distance: 87.09 km

Donner Memorial State Park | Distance: 88.1 km

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park | Distance: 89.18 km

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Parks near Chico

Hiking Groups Nearby

Sacramento Backpacking | Distance: 87.19 km

Description: Sacramento-area based group with a preference for multiple-day excursions into the backcountry.

Sonoma County Wanderers | Distance: 93.98 km

Description: This is a hiking group for the intermediate hiker! For a hiker that enjoys a relaxed pace, conversation, picture taking and the journey as much as the destination. We usually do between 4 and 10 miles with moderate elevation gain. \r\nCome join us!

Amazon HIking and Adventure Group | Distance: 99.87 km

Description: Fairfield, CA based Women's Hiking & Outdoor Adventure Group! The Amazon Group is a group for meeting other Women in their 20's and 30's who enjoy hiking, outdoors, and fitness. This group is for healthy/fit women who love to be outdoors and enjoy activities like: Hiking, backpacking, river-rafting, kayaking, and camping! Whether you are an experienced hiker or have never hiked before, join us! Other events include girl's night outs, hanging out, and day trips to fun new places. We also often stop at nearby places for good brews, food and conversation after hikes. Have fun while getting fit! Make new friends! Take time out of your busy life and get outside, and meet new people.

Muir Woods and Marin Hiking | Distance: 124.09 km

Description: hiking in Muir Woods and other nearby areas. There is even a trail with a small bar at the end of it - join us!

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Trailheads in and Near Chico

Trailhead Name: Summit Springs Thd, Mendocino National Forest

Distance: 55.77 km

Trailhead Description: Trailhead is our entry point to the Snow Mountain Wilderness.

Parking is not available or very limited at this trailhead

Parking spots: 5

Parking is NOT free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: NO

Trailhead Name: Old Station Information Center

Distance: 69.16 km

Trailhead Description: The Pacific Crest Trail makes its way through the area close to the visitor center. The Pacific Crest Trail is very long and extends from Mexico to Canada. From the visitor center, hikers can go north or south.

Parking is available at this trailhead

Parking spots: 25

Parking is NOT free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: NO

Trailhead Name: Nature Oaks Trail Trailhead

Distance: 77.03 km

Trailhead Description: There are picnic tables in the area as well.

Parking is available at this trailhead

Parking spots: 10

Parking is NOT free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: NO

Trailhead Name: Table Rock at Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Distance: 84.93 km

Trailhead Description: The trail starts from the parking lot on the right side of Route 29 in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park.

Parking is not available or very limited at this trailhead

Parking spots: 10

Parking is NOT free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: NO

Trailhead Name: Robert Louis Stephenson Park

Distance: 84.95 km

Trailhead Description: Parking Lot is at Robert Louis Stevenson State Park on the right of route 29.

Parking is not available or very limited at this trailhead

Parking spots: 10

Parking is NOT free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: NO

Trailhead Name: Oat Hill Mine

Distance: 88.15 km

Trailhead Description: La Prima Pizza is Just across from the base of the Oat Hill Mine Rd.

Parking is not available or very limited at this trailhead

Parking spots: 20

Parking is NOT free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: NO

Trailhead Name: Lake Sonoma Yorty Creek Boat Ramp

Distance: 93.5 km

Trailhead Description: Beach, boatramp, picnic area. Fee to use boatramp.

Parking is available at this trailhead

Parking spots: 100

Parking is free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: NO

Trailhead Name: Armstrong Redwoods Ridge Trail at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Distance: 103.29 km

Trailhead Description: To get to the trailhead: From downtown Guerneville on Main St. (Highway 116), drive 2.3 miles north on Armstrong Woods Road to the visitor center on the right, just before the state park entrance station. Park in the large lot on the right by the visitor center.

Parking is not available or very limited at this trailhead

Parking spots: 20

Parking is NOT free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: NO

Trailhead Name: Shollenberger Parking Lot Trailhead

Distance: 111.38 km

Trailhead Description: This is a trailhead that starts right at the parking lot area of the park.

Parking is available at this trailhead

Parking spots: 20

Parking is NOT free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: NO

Trailhead Name: Tomales Point trailhead

Distance: 122.13 km

Trailhead Description: From Sir Francis Drake Blvd north, turn right on Pierce Point road. Drive 9.2 miles. Turn right at the fork. (The left road descends to McClures beach parking lot where restrooms are available).

Parking is available at this trailhead

Parking spots: 20

Parking is NOT free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: NO

Trailhead Name: Regency Drive Trailhead

Distance: 124.82 km

Trailhead Description: Off Clayton road, go to the end of Regency Drive in Clayton. Trailhead is for the Mt.Diablo State Park

Parking is not available or very limited at this trailhead

Parking spots: 10

Parking is NOT free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: NO

Trailhead Name: Regency Drive

Distance: 124.91 km

Trailhead Description: End of Regency Drive in Clayton

Parking is not available or very limited at this trailhead

Parking spots: 10

Parking is NOT free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: NO

Trailhead Name: Sky Trail

Distance: 128.78 km

Trailhead Description: Ridge trail in Point Reyes

Parking is available at this trailhead

Parking spots: 10

Parking is NOT free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: NO

Trailhead Name: Limantour Beach East Lot

Distance: 130.25 km

Trailhead Description: Limantour Beach East Parking Lot, not the main parking lot.

Parking is not available or very limited at this trailhead

Parking spots: 50

Parking is free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: NO

Trailhead Name: Huckleberry Regional Preserve

Distance: 131.66 km

Trailhead Description: Single file trail through growth. Relatively easy walk. Nice brochure for plant identification and intro to local ecology.

Parking is available at this trailhead

Parking spots: 12

Parking is free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: NO

Hiking Routes Near Chico

Route Name: Palisades

Route Description: The normal oat hill mine hikes are up and back. The full palisades hike is is a 1-way hike, you'll need cars at both ends. We hope to have one group going each way, switching keys in the middle. Some hikers may choose to hike the Oat hill Mine or Table rock only.

Distance: 3.73

Total elevation gain: 2076

Total elevation loss: 358

Route Name: Loop Around the Park

Route Description: This is a 2-mile loop around the park. There are some scenic spots along the way. People like to jog, stroll, walk with their dogs, or bike on this route.

Distance: 22.77

Total elevation gain: 13

Total elevation loss: 14

Route Name: Tomales Point trail

Route Description: 9.5 miles roundtrip. Gently rolling terrain. Easy to follow route, no turns. Trail is well-maintained for the first 3 miles. The last 1.7 milesGreat views of the ocean. Bird rock. Elks. Wildflowers (Coast Bush Lupin, Wild Radish, California poppy, Douglas Iris). No Shade. Can be windy/foggy. Historical Pierce ranch at the trailhead.

Distance: 34.25

Total elevation gain: 488

Total elevation loss: 774

Route Name: Limantour Beach to Sculptured Beach, Secret Beach, and Pt Resistance.

Route Description: Limantour Beach to Pt Resistance and back.

Distance: 41.13

Total elevation gain: 261

Total elevation loss: 264

Route Name: Morning Sun Trail

Route Description: The Morning Sun Trail is a short connector between the trailhead at Spencer Avenue along Highway 101 and the Alta Trail within the Marin Headlands.

Distance: 48.44

Total elevation gain: 377

Total elevation loss: 22

Route Name: Huckleberry Regional Preserve Loop

Route Description: Route is approximate as I cannot see the location of the single-track trail. Total distance of the loop should come out to about 2.35 miles with 850 feet of cumulative elevation gain. Very nice time of year to visit now in May -- One of the gems of the East Bay Regional Park System.

Distance: 52.22

Total elevation gain: N/A

Total elevation loss: N/A

Route Name: Ecology Trail and back via Ridge Trails

Route Description: We will start at the Ecology Trail, walk by the officers row, then the cannon display, walk by the Golden Gate bridge, and take the Bay Area Ridge Trail back to where we started.

Distance: 52.91

Total elevation gain: N/A

Total elevation loss: N/A

Route Name: Stumbling Around The Presidio

Route Description: We will just pick random trails and see the Palace of Fine Arts, and the Yoda statue. We will cover a few trails.

Distance: 52.91

Total elevation gain: N/A

Total elevation loss: N/A

Route Name: Ecology Trail, Officers Row, Cannon Display, Palace of Fine Arts

Route Description: This is an amazing route which probably has in it a quarter of the city attractions and you can see them all in about an hour hike! We also saw the Yoda statue.

Distance: 52.91

Total elevation gain: N/A

Total elevation loss: N/A

Route Name: Coastal Shipwrecks and cannons along the way

Route Description: Take Ecology trail to officers row where there is a cannon display. Then head to the coast to see live gigantic cannons facing the ocean. Then go to Lands End to see real shipwrecks that are visible above water.

Distance: 52.91

Total elevation gain: 325

Total elevation loss: 570

Route Name: Hike To Yoda Statue

Route Description: This is a short but popular hike to the offices of Lucas Arts where there is a statue of Yoda. This particular route also features Inspiration Point which has beautiful views. It also features the Ecology Trail, the old Officers Row, and a display of historic cannons along the way.

Distance: 52.91

Total elevation gain: 42

Total elevation loss: 309

Route Name: Quest for Chocolate

Route Description: Ferry Building to Ghiradelli Square over Russian Hill

Distance: 52.94

Total elevation gain: 380

Total elevation loss: 331

Route Name: Hike From Lands End to Fort Funston

Route Description: A Hike all along the

Distance: 53.03

Total elevation gain: N/A

Total elevation loss: N/A

Route Name: From Downtown to the Inner Richmond

Route Description: We will just take Post street and then around the Trader Joes area we will walk on Geary street or maybe California.

Distance: 53.25

Total elevation gain: N/A

Total elevation loss: N/A

Route Name: Lake Merrit Loop in Oakland Downtown

Route Description: Just a nice loop without almost any elevation. It is around a pretty lake and there are some birds in the area. It is a very pleasant walk altogether.

Distance: 53.52

Total elevation gain: N/A

Total elevation loss: N/A

Route Name: Length of Golden Gate Park Route

Route Description: A way to get from one side of Golden Gate Park from another.

Distance: 54.16

Total elevation gain: N/A

Total elevation loss: N/A

Route Name: Sausal Creek to Redwood Peak

Route Description: This is very much an approximation, but you get the general idea. The mileage will be more like 4-4.5 each way with all the actual trail bends and twists, and the net elevation gain is about 1100 feet. The point of the hike is starting in the suburbs, getting surprisingly far into the woods, and achieving a genuine flatland-to-peak on-foot experience. The little jog toward Castle Drive is to stop for lunch with a terrific panoramic view of the Bay Area--be warned, there is no such view from the Peak, just a sense of accomplishment among some fantastic Redwoods.

Distance: 54.34

Total elevation gain: N/A

Total elevation loss: N/A

Route Name: Regency Drive to Mt.Diablo Summit

Route Description: This is the most direct route.

Distance: 54.4

Total elevation gain: 3230

Total elevation loss: N/A

Route Name: Summit Spring Thd to Snow Mtn West East

Route Description: Follow the established trail and fire roads up the mountain. Campsite is about 4 miles from the trailhead. Summit is about an additional 2 miles past the campsite.

Distance: 55.55

Total elevation gain: 2437

Total elevation loss: 103

Route Name: Loop Around Lake Merced

Route Description: This is just a smile loop around Lake Merced. There is little elevation change and the loop is simply a nice walk around the pretty lake.

Distance: 57.05

Total elevation gain: 110

Total elevation loss: 118

Route Name: The Oaks Nature Trail Route

Route Description: Nice and scenic walk along the shore. This is a hiking/walking trail only. No cyclists or equestrians are allowed. The trail isn't very long and there is nearly no elevation gain or loss.

Distance: 77.56

Total elevation gain: 9

Total elevation loss: 9

Route Name: Bernal Hill loop - 2.4 miles

Route Description: Counter-clock-wise semi-loop. Start on Joice trail up, bear right at junction with Norred trail, right at the junction with Bernal Hill trail, left at the junction with Vista Loop, left at the junction with Bernal Hill, return on Joice trail

Distance: 99.95

Total elevation gain: 698

Total elevation loss: 699

Route Name: Coyote Peak - Rocky Ridge Loop

Route Description: Moderate Climb to Coyote Peak, great views from the top, gentle descent on rocky ridge trail. No shade. Gorgeous wildflowers in spring on Rocky Ridge trail.

Distance: 101

Total elevation gain: 762

Total elevation loss: 773

Route Name: coyote peak

Route Description: one way route to coyote peak

Distance: 101.22

Total elevation gain: 1085

Total elevation loss: 424

Route Name: Mine hill hike

Route Description: Moderate loop from hacienda entrance. Lots of wildflowers in spring.

Distance: 102.72

Total elevation gain: N/A

Total elevation loss: N/A

Route Name: Wildflower walk - April 28

Route Description: moderate loop; good for viewing sprig wildflowers. Fire road

Distance: 102.72

Total elevation gain: N/A

Total elevation loss: N/A

Route Name: Mount Sizer loop

Route Description: clock-wise

Distance: 108.47

Total elevation gain: N/A

Total elevation loss: N/A

Route Name: mt sizer loop

Route Description: clock-wise

Distance: 108.47

Total elevation gain: N/A

Total elevation loss: N/A

Route Name: Headquerters to Coyote Creek entrance

Route Description: From the Headquarters, take Corral, Manzanita Point Road, Madrone Soda Springs down to Coyote Creek. Then follow Coyote creek downstream to Coyote Creek entrance

Distance: 108.47

Total elevation gain: 239

Total elevation loss: 1948

Route Name: Hunting Hollow and Wagon roads to Willson Camp

Route Description: Hunting Hollow road follows creek. In winter be prepared for multiple creek crossing (crossable, but can be 2-3 feet deep after heavy rain). Turn left onto Wagon road.

Distance: 117.33

Total elevation gain: N/A

Total elevation loss: N/A

Route Name: Gilroy Hot Sprongs road to Coyote Creek entrance

Route Description: This is walk on the paved road. It starts at Hunting Hollow and goes to Coyote Creek entrance

Distance: 117.33

Total elevation gain: 144

Total elevation loss: 100

Past Hikes In The Area (By Date)

How many peaks do we have to climb before the pub? | Distance: 139.7 km

Description: We're back to get that booty back in shape!

We begin in Cole Valley on the corner of Parnassus and Willard Street. (There is a bus stop on this corner for the 43 and 6)

Hike into Mt Sutro Forest (find the fairy gates) cross Claredon Avenue to Twin Peaks Reservoir toward top of Twin Peaks Summit (usually very windy but an amazing view of the entire city) YES we will go up BOTH PEAKS then head downhill to Tank Hill Park (this is my favorite view and there is a new froggy friend up there!) finally back into Cole Valley where we started!

Have Victory Beer at a pub for doing such an awesone job on the uphill!

Maybe this one | Distance: 134.3 km

Description: Meow idk

Thirsty Thursday TOGA PARTY - Toga, Toga, Toga! | Distance: 136.4 km

Description: Grab a bed sheet and join us for the Thirsty Thursday TOGA Party at Atmosphere! $1 sliders, $2 nachos, $3 drink menu, great dance music, and prizes for best Toga! Meet travelers, locals, au pairs and international students while playing Toga Bingo to win $3 Shots! Mingle with others throughout the night to complete your Toga Bingo Card. Get $3 shots every time you mark off a square on your game card. NOTE: You *must* arrive before 10pm to get a free Toga Bingo Card which will allow you to participate in the game throughout the evening. One drink minimum - first drink is regular price upon entry, then your next 3 drinks are $2 (Bud & Wells/House Spirits). Here are some inspirational videos/instructions on how to wrap your ordinary bed sheet into an instant award-winning toga: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Toga-out-of-a-Bedsheet RSVP is *Required* RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/167959423364272/ *************************************************** WHEN: Thur ....

Oat Hill Mine Road and the Palisades | Distance: 88.2 km

Description: Introduction
The palisades are beautiful, and this hike offers gorgeous views of it and the Calistoga valley. This hike simply goes up to Robert Louis Stevenson park or Down from the park to the Pizza place at the trailhead. This makes it easy to offer several hiking options - people can simply turn around when they are tired. The grade is fairly easy on the knees but undulates across the front of the palisades.

Extra Items:

Most of this hike is exposed to the sun. We recommend doing it during winter, or on cool days <65F. Bring 3-4 22oz water bottles each for 65 degree weather. Seriously! Wear sturdy hiking boots, the palisades trail is not well worn and is rocky in places. If you have them, bring 2-way radios so the fast + slow groups can keep in touch.

Hiking options:
◾Carpool: Add 2 hours to each of these times to cover carpooling + lunch + hike intro.
◾Short hike to bald hill: 2 hours 45 mins. 5.7 miles, 1300ft gain/loss.
◾Medium hike to Pali ....

3 peaks and a pub: Mt Davidson to Twin Peaks to beer | Distance: 141.4 km

Description: We will begin at Bus Stop (43) on Miraloma Dr & Marne Ave. Following meeting we will explore Mount Davidson, at 927 feet, it's the highest point in San Francisco. This 40 acre park has expansive views so let's hope for some sunshine! There is also a very large cross. We will then walk to the backside of Twin Peaks and get wind swept. After we ooh and ahhh a bit we will cruise down the peaks toward Cole Valley and find a pub that will fill us with tasty beverages.

Enjoy a little green before we get green: Mt Sutro Forest and Golden Gate Park then St. Pat's celebr | Distance: 139.7 km

Description: We begin in Cole Valley on the corner of Parnassus and Willard Street. Hike into Mt Sutro Forest (find the fairy gates) cross Claredon Avenue and head downhill to Tank Hill Park then back into Cole Valley to Golden Gate Park. We hike through the park exploring Lily Pond, AIDS Memorial, Stow Lake, and Strawberry Hill! We will then venture into the Inner Richmond and end up at a pub -- maybe Buckshot Bar & Gameroom where we can toast to the Irish!

Beach Blanket Bingo Hike: Beach, Sutro Baths, a Labrynith and a Tiki Bar | Distance: 140.7 km

Description: We will meet on the ocean side across the street from Java Beach Cafe. We will then walk up Ocean Beach towards Sutro Baths. We will then walk along the cliffs of Land's End Trail to the Labyrinth and continue to El Camino del Mar. We will then wind our way through pretty streets to Trdr Sam's Tiki Bar on Geary. It is there we will rest and have a nice ice cream drink reward.

Climb Up: Two for one uphill Glen Canyon Park and Mt Davidson (and of course a cold beer reward) | Distance: 141.6 km

Description: We will meet outside the Glen Park BART station entrance. From there we will walk towards Glen Canyon Park. It is a city park that occupies about 70 acres along a deep canyon adjacent to the Glen Park, Diamond Heights, and Miraloma Park neighborhoods. It has a nice uphill climb. After exploring the park we will walk down Portola Drive to Mt Davidson. Yup. it's a two-for-one uphill adventure. After seeing the big ass cross I am sure we will be quite parched so we will descend and walk to West Portal for a frosty beverage. This is a point A to point B so plan accordingly for transportation.

Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb | Distance: 137.2 km

Description: The American Liver Foundation’s Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb offers a ticket to stand on the summit of the second largest volcano in the U.S. Our team trainings and fundraising program will lead you to the top with guidance, training and tools for success. From the moment you meet your climb team through the end of your Mount Shasta journey, the Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb will be an unforgettable, transforming experience for you while benefiting the those living with liver disease. Benefits of our Liver Life Challenge program include: Expert Mountain Guides. Our Mount Shasta guides have climbed, skied, explored the mountain and are the local professional choice. They are skilled climbers as well as fun and enjoyable team members who believe in providing the highest quality adventure while helping you achieve your goals. Team Trainings. Sweat it out with fellow hikers and encourage each other to reach the summit. We make climbing a team sport!. Hote ....

Search For Holiday Spirit Hike: WALK ACROSS THE CITY toward Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps | Distance: 139.5 km

Description: We will meet at the Golden Gate Park entrance on Stanyan/Haight Street across from Whole Foods. We will then proceed to walk across the city in search of the hollerday spirit and splendor and sparkly lights and gingerbread houses and trains and end at Union Square where we will find a cozy place to sip on Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps. mmmmmm it will be a lovely way to celebrate the weekend with a little exercise thrown in too!

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