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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

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,...
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...
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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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...

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...

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,...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

Accordion

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,...

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...

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,...

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 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...

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...

Accordion

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...

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;...

Recent Trail Reviews

Paradise Memorial Trailway

Terrible - No stars, not one.

July, 2017 by concowshanni

Almost no shade on entire trail with miles of absolutely no shade, almost all direct sun at temps of 90-105 all summer long, no water fountains or bathrooms on entire 5 mile trail except for one park on Black Olive Rd at Pearson Rd, and the rest is miles of hot sun and nowhere to pee or get a drink if you run out of water. Not good for moms with kids. Someone will have to pee and you'll be miles from the nearest bathroom, and nowhere to covertly pee in the bushes either, as if anyone would even want to. Landscape is dry, dusty with scrubby dusty bushes, unappealing to look at. People don't clean up their dog's crap, most probably because the few garbage cans there is are miles apart too. Everywhere you look is trash, broken glass, and dried dog crap. Especially lots of trash on trail where it goes past the local high school. Smell of marijuana being smoked is also strong there. Not where I want to push my kids in their stroller so I can get some exercise. I have to either walk at the local cemetery where their are hobos lurking from the perimeter trees, but there is a bathroom and water, or drive miles away to Paradise lake trail, (with clean port-o-potty's but no drinking water), or drive miles away to Bidwell Park in Chico. It's a real pain in the *** to have to drive out of town to get some decent walking with kids or risk it with the cemetery hobos because the Paradise Train Trail is so terrible.

Chico Airport Bike Path

Homeless

June, 2017 by pvphoto

Other than the homeless and the just plain obnoxious people the route is great and I have been riding this route for many years. Recently the rest area at the top entering the airport was destroyed, and with the hot weather this could be a problem for some less fit riders!

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.

Accordion

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.

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.

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