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Chico Airport Bike Path

3.25 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Chico State Bike Path

2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

9.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Midway Bike Path

3.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Paradise Memorial Trailway

5.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt
Accordion

Sutter Commuter Bikeway

4.65 mi
State: CA
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
This linear trail through the northern sections of bike-friendly Chico runs on the abandoned Sacramento Northern Railway right-of-way. The trail marks the northernmost stretch of the former railroad, which ...
CA 3.25 mi Asphalt
The Chico State Bike Path, also known as the Railroad Bike Path, runs between CSU campus at Cherry Street and W. Lindo Avenue, paralleling an active rail line for most of the way. The trail is popular ...
CA 2 mi Asphalt
The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail offers scenic views of the lake and mountains, including Lassen Volcano in nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park. The trail follows 9.5 miles of the southwest shore of ...
CA 9.5 mi Asphalt
Travel through the orchards south of Chico on the Midway Bike Path, which runs toward Durham on the abandoned Sacramento Northern Railway right-of-way. The trail is one of the most popular and scenic in ...
CA 3.4 mi Asphalt
Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Paradise, California, is a warm and inviting city with a small-town feel, and this trail offers visitors the perfect way to see it. You can start at either end; ...
CA 5.2 mi Asphalt
The Sutter Bike Path follows a short portion of the old Sacramento Northern Railroad and runs a straight line between Hooper Road and Acacia Avenue. The trail links to bike lanes at Hooper Road, which ...
CA 4.65 mi Asphalt

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Chico Airport Bike Path

CA - 3.25 miles

This linear trail through the northern sections of bike-friendly Chico runs on the abandoned Sacramento Northern Railway right-of-way. The trail marks the northernmost stretch of the former railroad, which ...

Chico State Bike Path

CA - 2 miles

The Chico State Bike Path, also known as the Railroad Bike Path, runs between CSU campus at Cherry Street and W. Lindo Avenue, paralleling an active rail line for most of the way. The trail is popular ...

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

CA - 9.5 miles

The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail offers scenic views of the lake and mountains, including Lassen Volcano in nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park. The trail follows 9.5 miles of the southwest shore of ...

Midway Bike Path

CA - 3.4 miles

Travel through the orchards south of Chico on the Midway Bike Path, which runs toward Durham on the abandoned Sacramento Northern Railway right-of-way. The trail is one of the most popular and scenic in ...

Accordion

Midway Bike Path

CA - 3.4 miles

Travel through the orchards south of Chico on the Midway Bike Path, which runs toward Durham on the abandoned Sacramento Northern Railway right-of-way. The trail is one of the most popular and scenic in ...

Paradise Memorial Trailway

CA - 5.2 miles

Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Paradise, California, is a warm and inviting city with a small-town feel, and this trail offers visitors the perfect way to see it. You can start at either end; ...

Sutter Commuter Bikeway

CA - 4.65 miles

The Sutter Bike Path follows a short portion of the old Sacramento Northern Railroad and runs a straight line between Hooper Road and Acacia Avenue. The trail links to bike lanes at Hooper Road, which ...

Chico Airport Bike Path

CA - 3.25 miles

This linear trail through the northern sections of bike-friendly Chico runs on the abandoned Sacramento Northern Railway right-of-way. The trail marks the northernmost stretch of the former railroad, which ...

Chico State Bike Path

CA - 2 miles

The Chico State Bike Path, also known as the Railroad Bike Path, runs between CSU campus at Cherry Street and W. Lindo Avenue, paralleling an active rail line for most of the way. The trail is popular ...

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

CA - 9.5 miles

The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail offers scenic views of the lake and mountains, including Lassen Volcano in nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park. The trail follows 9.5 miles of the southwest shore of ...

Midway Bike Path

CA - 3.4 miles

Travel through the orchards south of Chico on the Midway Bike Path, which runs toward Durham on the abandoned Sacramento Northern Railway right-of-way. The trail is one of the most popular and scenic in ...

Accordion

Midway Bike Path

CA - 3.4 miles

Travel through the orchards south of Chico on the Midway Bike Path, which runs toward Durham on the abandoned Sacramento Northern Railway right-of-way. The trail is one of the most popular and scenic in ...

Paradise Memorial Trailway

CA - 5.2 miles

Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Paradise, California, is a warm and inviting city with a small-town feel, and this trail offers visitors the perfect way to see it. You can start at either end; ...

Sutter Commuter Bikeway

CA - 4.65 miles

The Sutter Bike Path follows a short portion of the old Sacramento Northern Railroad and runs a straight line between Hooper Road and Acacia Avenue. The trail links to bike lanes at Hooper Road, which ...

Chico Airport Bike Path

CA - 3.25 miles

This linear trail through the northern sections of bike-friendly Chico runs on the abandoned Sacramento Northern Railway right-of-way. The trail marks the northernmost stretch of the former railroad, which ...

Chico State Bike Path

CA - 2 miles

The Chico State Bike Path, also known as the Railroad Bike Path, runs between CSU campus at Cherry Street and W. Lindo Avenue, paralleling an active rail line for most of the way. The trail is popular ...

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

CA - 9.5 miles

The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail offers scenic views of the lake and mountains, including Lassen Volcano in nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park. The trail follows 9.5 miles of the southwest shore of ...

Midway Bike Path

CA - 3.4 miles

Travel through the orchards south of Chico on the Midway Bike Path, which runs toward Durham on the abandoned Sacramento Northern Railway right-of-way. The trail is one of the most popular and scenic in ...

Accordion

Paradise Memorial Trailway

CA - 5.2 miles

Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Paradise, California, is a warm and inviting city with a small-town feel, and this trail offers visitors the perfect way to see it. You can start at either end; ...

Sutter Commuter Bikeway

CA - 4.65 miles

The Sutter Bike Path follows a short portion of the old Sacramento Northern Railroad and runs a straight line between Hooper Road and Acacia Avenue. The trail links to bike lanes at Hooper Road, which ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Sutter Commuter Bikeway

Wonderful Vistas

February, 2016 by tirelli

A short trail between the towns of Yuba City and Sutter. Fairly uncrowded most of the time and a straight shot down the old railroad bed. Scenery includes some neighborhoods, orchards, rice fields and any manor of birds. Always in view of the smallest mountain range in the world, the Sutter Buttes.

Paradise Memorial Trailway

Really enjoyed the mild uphill grade

January, 2016 by popsicle530

Just rode the trail today. .trying to get back in shape. . Enjoyed the constant uphill climb. .not too terribly taxing but enough to get the old ticker pumping! ! Yay..finally getting out and about

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

Beautiful views but be ready for hills

July, 2015 by wannarun4life

Based on the description and previous reviews, I expected this to be a fairly level, meandering paved trail with a few gentle hills. Well, after traveling the entire trail I would have to say there are barely any flat spots at all. The elevation gain is 1,322 feet, but it is mostly up and down, up and down. It is a very scenic trail but just be prepared for a bit of climbing. The trail itself was all paved, and aside from pine needles and a few fallen sticks it was great. My GPS said the entire loop was 22.92 miles.

Accordion

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

Great ride but use caution

July, 2015 by rwustrack

Love this trail and ride it frequently.
Not as well maintained as in years past so watch for debris on trail and blind sharp corners where brush has grown to 6' tall or so. All in all a terrific ride !
Climbs toward north third can be difficult for young kids or infrequent riders.

Midway Bike Path

From the Fairgrounds

August, 2014 by live to ride

If you call ahead to the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds and if nothing major is going on you can park in general parking lot, not in the gated area. From there you can ride down Fair Drive turn right onto East Park Avenue. Turn Left at where Midway meets East Park Avenue and look to the left for the entrance and cross the street at the light. Or simply cross over to East Park Avenue, ride the sidewalk to the entrance. You should have not trouble spotting the trail entrance.

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

Rolling, wooded lake trail

June, 2013 by bthomamd

Fun trail with some variety in the terrain; not just flat. Well maintained and well marked. Lake views and scenic views of Mt. Lassen. Stayed at a bicycle friendly motel, Cedar Lodge in Chester, CA. Lodge is clean, family friendly and no frills i.e. no pool,A/C or ice machine.
Looking forward to another trip to the area to ride this trail and the Bizz Johnson trail.

Paradise Memorial Trailway

skating

April, 2013 by davidocal12

is this path downhill skteboard friendly?

Paradise Memorial Trailway

Trail has been extended south

December, 2012 by gardenman

The trail has been extended about 3 tenths of a mile south from Neal Road to Princeton Way. See the map.

Paradise Memorial Trailway

Steep but fun

November, 2012 by madprophet

As a beginning biker (at 51) and needing exercise to complete my efforts to drop my weight following gastric bypass surgery, this trail is awesome.

Initially, I bought my bike with the intention to ride in Chico. It's flat there with lots of trails to choose from. I never really considered riding in my own town and just about any street has some kind of serious incline to it.

I knew about the rail trail, but never thought I'd be riding it this year. It's very steep at any point, some much more so than others, plus I needed to get to it - and those roads were fairly steep, too. I did take the bike down the hill a couple of times, but I didn't enjoy the whole extra hour to load up, get ready, drive down (plus the $4 in gas each way) then reverse it all to ride and do it again on the way back. So I just hopped on and tried the trail.

I began with riding from Maxwell up to Bille Rd. A gain of 200' in about 1.2miles. Very tough. Each day it got a little easier. Finally, I was able to go to Wagstaff Rd - a gain of around 300' in 1.9miles. After three weeks of every other day riding, I finally made it to the top of the trail, an 8 mile round trip with a total elevation gain of 475'. Not bad for an old fat man.

My next goal is ride down to Pearson, to the beginning of the trail and ride to the top. Should be a total ride of around 10 miles, with something like a 550' elevation gain.

Nicely maintained trail with benches for dying, er, resting on at every major intersection. Yes, as someone else mentioned, there's not much of a view, but there is a lot of shade trees for the 100+ degree summer days and lots of fall color in the waning months of the year.

Well worth the time.

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

TRAILBEAR THROUGH THE WOODS: The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail – North

October, 2012 by trailbear

October 2012 It was a busy day for trail survey. Finish up the survey on the Eagle Lake Trail, then down to Chester – where there are no fast food establishments – and on to the Lake Almanor Rec Trail after lunch. There have been some improvements since we were last here. One big one is that there are now highway signs pointing the way to the north end trail head on Humbug-Humboldt Rd. off CA 89. We turned in. Yes, there is a small dirt parking lot and a nice information sign, plus a blacktop trail. The other end of the trail is down in Rocky Point Campground. The TrailBear last surveyed here in August of 2009 and it was storm season. You could get a morning in, and then it was time to scamper for shelter ahead of the thunder storms. Now, in October after a drought summer all was sunshine and cloudless skies. Good survey weather for looking at the north half of the trail. We parked in a campsite at Almanor North CG. Assemble the trike and TB was off, heading north. The trail runs through both Almanor North and South campgrounds. A short pedal puts you on a spur trail to the boat launch. Here is parking, a choice of a vault toilet and a nice new flushie and lake views. Good place for a trailhead if you are not camping (day use fee included in CG fee). These are the last facilities on the north end. Downhill from the parking lot to the lake. Here is something new: mile posts. Posts in both directions. The one on the slope is a 9, so there are about two plus miles to the end. The trail is broad, with a chip seal surface and lots of tight curves as it wanders around the trees. It is either climbing or descending. The trail follows the lake for about a mile. There is one wayside and other views, but these woods are not managed for views from the trail. For that you want the Eagle Lake Trail. By MP 10 it is obvious that you are in for a long uphill grind as it climbs the slope and winds around a ridge, descends, climbs again, and descends to the north end trailhead. Now turn around and retrace the route. Happily, that long uphill grind is now an exciting downhill. It is made more exciting by the tight turns, the needles that cover and obscure the trail and the large pine cones that litter it. Try not to hit a cone while careening around a corner. TrailBear is hiking out and using brake steering on the trike to slingshot around the tight corners while trying to see where the trail runs to find the line to the next corner. Where is the sweeper truck for some trail grooming when you need him? TB was a bit busy to keep an eye on the speedo, but the GPS recorded a max speed of 20.4 mph on that section. Not bad. Do the slope a few times and we can kick the speed up. Probably not in summer with the crowds, but today there were only a few folks on the trail. Soon enough the campground appears. Pack up and head down the mountain to Chico Costco for some $3.94 gas in the midst of another California Gas Price Panic. This is an excellent price. It’s almost like Oregon, but not quite. Trike on! TrailBear Schussing between the trees.

Chico Airport Bike Path

A place to park

June, 2012 by live to ride

If you dive down the Esplanade, and then turn onto Cohasset Road, look to the right for Cohasset Lane, there are some apartment and medical building off on this side road, I didn’t find any problem when I park there and your are only about 300 feet from the Chico Nut Company, and the best part, is there is a tie in the trail. Big Al Drive in is at W 9th Avenue and Esplanade,

The one thing you want to be very careful as the crosswalks are not marked, and the drives can be a little aggressive, if you keep a weather eye out you should have a good time.

For an older person as myself, it was a fun ride.

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

TRAILBEAR CRUISES THE LAKE: The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

October, 2010 by trailbear

TRAILBEAR CRUISES THE LAKE: The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

Chester, CA

6/11/2009

Ratings on the ToolBear Triple Trail Rating Scale (1-5) is 4/4/5

Trail surface - 4-5. Eight foot black top trail with root heaves marked in white as need.
Facilities - 4. Benches, bike racks, overlooks, signage, vault toilet, blacktop parking, etc.
Scenery – 5. Lakeshore sections with views of lake, Mt. Lassen, etc.

The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail starts in the PG&E Rocky Point Campground on the west shore of Lake Almanor, about 2.5 miles west of the dam on Rt. 89 and runs up the lake to the Almanor Campground and beyond. You are riding in forest. Sections have lake views. Other sections are up in the woods.

Trailheads…

You have choices of trail head and where to start the ride. You can park at the small trail head at the entrance to the Rocky Point campground road. (GPS: 40d 11.481N x 121d 07.099W) Enter the campground and they will want $$$, however it’s a nice campground with a lot of lake view sites. Sure beats the USFS Almanor Campground (swampy, antique loos) up Rt. 89.

You can park at the Dyer View Trailhead (no fee) to the west and ride some out and backs in both directions (GPS: N40d 12.153 x W121d 08.171). Look for Almanor West Drive off Rt. 89 appx. 0.6 miles west of the campground entrance road. The road into Dyer View is at GPS N40d 12.106 x W121d 08.238. Dyer View has ample parking, a vault toilet, trash, info and interpretative signage, bike racks and benches with lake views. However – no water.

You can go up to the USFS Almanor campground some miles up the road and pick up the trail there. ((GPS: N40 13.046 W121 10.603). There is parking, water, loos, tables, etc.

For a map of the trail…

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lassen/recreation/trails/maps/al_recmapcolor.pdf


The trail starts to the east of the campground trailhead on a small point. You can take a nice ride out and back through the campground to the trailhead and then head west. This section has root heaves marked in white paint.

First stop is the wayside and viewpoint on the Point (GPS: 40d 12.199’N x 121d 07.414’W). Enjoy the lake views. There are benches, a bike rack and interpretative signs. The trail winds in and out around trees, up and down slopes, past overlook benches and views and generally is going up or down.

As you near the summer home hamlet of Pratville, the trail leaves the lake and the private lands ahead and climbs inland to get around them while remaining in Forest Service lands. Then it’s down into Almanor Campground where you can find water and restroom. Another route would be to follow the road thru Pratville and thence uphill to Almanor CG.

I did the eastern section of the trail as an Out N Back from my campsite at Rocky Point CG. Where the trail left the lake to get around Pratville, I headed back on Almanor West Drive, then cut down a power line trace to the trail east of Dyer View. Didn’t see much shoulder up on Rt. 89, but that is a quicker way back. I was inspired to get moving back by those wet-looking clouds and the sound of thunder growing ever closer.

Made it back dry, but we were getting deluge showers on as we headed up to Almanor CG in the van. Sat there a while, watching it come down, then packed it in headed on. In summer, make this an early morning ride. If you are off the trail by noon, you don’t catch a deluge. Usually.

If you do Almanor, head over to Susanville and do the Bizz Johnson Trail. Keep an eye on the clouds gathering as you ride. The best parts are the first miles from Susanville to the highway crossing over the Susan River, i.e., tunnels, bridges, canyon scenery. There is also a new mountain bike park in Susanville, so there is something for everyone over there. Even a Wal-Mart.


Ride on!

TrailBear
Trying to outride the rain.





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