Paradise Memorial Trailway

California

Paradise Memorial Trailway Facts

States: California
Counties: Butte
Length: 5.2 miles
Trail end points: Pentz Rd. at Skyway Rd. (nr. Magalia) and Skyway Rd. at Neal Rd. (Paradise)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015278
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Paradise Memorial Trailway Description

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; the course described here starts on the south at Neal Road and Skyway Road and climbs slightly uphill at about a 3 percent average grade. If you plan to ride the trail both ways, we recommend following this route so you're riding downhill on the way back.

As you step onto the rail-trail you are surrounded by tall oak woodlands and pine trees. You can soon see houses on your right, but there are so many trees between the trail and the homes that the trail doesn't have a residential feel at all. Likewise, although the trail parallels Skyway Road for most of its route, the abundance of trees between it and the road almost makes you forget this.

After about 1 mile the trail turns right onto Black Olive Road. Follow this path into the lovely and well-maintained community park. The park has restrooms, a playground and the Paradise Depot Museum. The depot opened in 1904 as one of four stations on the Butte County Railroad (BCRR) line, which hauled logs and lumber for the Diamond Match Company operations in Stirling City and Chico. When BCRR added passenger and cargo services, Paradise became the busiest depot on the route. It formed the heart of a new downtown and was a driving force of economic development for the town. Operated by Southern Pacific after 1912, the rail line closed in 1974. Signposts in the park, which occupies the old depot grounds, provide additional information about the history of the railroad and the city of Paradise.

On the other side of the park the path becomes tree-lined again and remains this way until the end. Less than a mile beyond the park you catch a glimpse of a school to your right through the trees, followed by more houses. If you want to grab a bite to eat or explore the city, you can turn onto Skyway Road from one of the crossings along the trail and check out one of several restaurants and delis.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the southern trailhead from State Route 99, take the Paradise Exit. Merge onto East Park Avenue, which becomes Skyway Road. Continue on Skyway through the town of Paradise to the intersection of Skyway and Neal Road. At the intersection the trailhead is next to a short brick wall that reads TOWN OF PARADISE-WELCOME. There are several nearby shopping centers with ample parking.

Paradise Memorial Trailway Reviews

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

is this path downhill skteboard friendly?

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

Accordion

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.

"I walked this trail while visiting family in the area last December. It's the steepest rail-trail I've ever seen, pretty much a continuous climb from one end up to the other. This might cause problems for newcomers to biking, although it should be no big deal to walkers or ""serious"" cyclists.

It's nice and quiet and shady beneath all the ponderosa pines. But really there's not much to see, since it's bordered by backyards on all sides. It's worth riding if you're in the area, but too short and drab to go out of your way for."

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