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Bidwell Bump trail

Average Rating:    (4.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Technical climb and downhill watch the switch backs there nuts they will throw you into some crazy positions. The other thing bring some tecnu because the reason the trail is called Liveoak you got it theres a shit load of poison oak. Have fun its a blast they have a race through there in October and the trail gets you ready to defeat anything
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Latitude
39.76767772221613
Longitude
-121.78932666778564
Trail Directions
Take Highway 32w out of chico and head to Bruce road take a left on Bruce road. There will be a sign for upper bidwell park take right at the sign follow the road up and take a left into a gravel road called North rim entrance " before the speed bumps start" Head up the trail for about 6 miles or so and there will be a sign saying liveoak bomb down that trail and than once you get to the fire road take a left. Climb to the very end of the fire trail and cross Chico creek and start climbing again. Your trail will be about 1/2 a mile on the right which is called South Rim ripp through that all the way back to the golf course and hop on the main road leading you back to the beginging of North Rim!!!!! Sick As Hell
Trail Length
about a grueling 15 mile loop
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Chico
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 8, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: petedog_h ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
this is a great trail nothing to complicated just some rocks. though North Rim does take your breath getting up to the top so does the views from there. Just an all around great ride. wouldn't recommend starting when it is blazing hot

Recommended Route:
instead of taking live oak trail back down keep going till you see B trail it is roughly another mile or so past live oak it goes back to the same fire road and is a really fun downhill also.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I recommend on going in to North Rim adventure sports and they have a really handy map of all of the trails in upper bidwell park they are located on second street. they do ask for a .50 donation but it is the best purchase I have made in a long time.



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Review Date
November 19, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mike ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Bidwell park has a lot of technical singletrack that is rough. If you like to pound your wheels through rocks and pick tight lines you will love the trails in Chico.

Recommended Route:
Climb up the North Rim Trail to the top. Turn down the B Trail and ride down to the Park Road. Turn left and ride the park road up until the end of the road. At the turn around jump on the singletrack and ride up that for a few seconds. Turn to your right and cross the creek. Don't be scared to throw your bike on your shoulder and get wet. When you get across the creek just stay on the trail until it turns into doubletrack. Keep climbing. It'll get kind of steep for a while but just drop to that granny and laugh, you'll be there soon. The dirt road will slightly level off and you'll see a singletrack on the right. Stop soon after the singletrack starts and gather your thoughts. Mount your steed and flow with the twisty chunky trail. This trail is called the Bloody Pin. Afterv a few minutes of ripping DH you will cone to a T at the South Rim Trail. Hang a left, Rip a little more downhill until you get back down to the Bear Hole. Jump in if it's hot or keep going on the trail if it's not. Next is Tennis Ball Hill(if you threw a tennis ball down from the top it would make it to the bottom easily). Unfortunatly, You'll have to climb up it. If you clean it you're The Man. Keep going.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Go to Cyclesport and ask on the guys where to go. Jared, Cory, or Eric would probably be glad to take you for a ride, but be ready to HAMMER!!!!!!!!



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Review Date
July 26, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: BOB ,  Cross Country Rider , from Marysville

Summary:
If you really enjoy technical climbing and descending then Upper bid well is for you.There is alot of options to ride in Upper Bidweel but the described route is one of the best.It is a tough route and very technicaly demanding.I really like the rocky terrain Bidwell offers it some of the best technical riding period.I have done alot of riding in the Sierra and Downieville and many other places.Upper bidwell lacks the long vertical descents but it is without a doubt some of the absoloute best goods.I live 1 hour away and get there to ride about twice a month.I do not have to spend the hole day to get a fix.I love the fact I can get my ride in really early and be home for lunch.If you like rocks and technical riding you will love it.It is one of my favorite places to ride.

Recommended Route:
When you descend live oak make the right on to Middle trail and take that back to the parking area.It is a liitle shorter ride but still a awesome fix.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Middle trail and Upper middle in the park.



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Review Date
May 22, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Please Select

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Reviewed by: Myci , from Lake Tahoe

Summary:
I participated in the very first Bidwell Bump bike race in 77. It pre-dated Marin Co's "Repack" By two weeks. The winner was named Rod Joslin and he rode a one speed with fat tires. He was a photography student. The race rules said you had to jump in the creek at the turnaround. I didn't want to get my bike shorts wet so I flashed my buns as I dipped in Chico creek. The turn around Judges were Dolly Rupp Dominguez and Lisa Bodfish. Third place won me a pair of cone wrenches. I flatted my Michelin "High Speed" clinchers and ran the last half mile with my Raleigh "Gran Prix" onmy shoulder. Hey I thought...... I got to get some of those fat tires. Talking the waaay olden days of mountain biking. I was a roady and I remember Gary Fisher clowning around before the races on a hot custom mountain bike .in 78.
The other hundreth monkey was the fat tire beach bike that the southern Californians were using. Schwinn "Spitfires" with lots of chrome and five speeds.
The following years the "Bidwell Bump" followed the rim trail and back the main road down Chico Creek. I don't know where the race goes now since I left Chico 12 years ago. You got to love rocks to ride the bump.
Don't ride there when it is wet because of the fragile thin soil. The ruts will help the rain will wash away what little soil is left on the lava cap.

Recommended Route:
All over the place

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cohasset to Blackrock.



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Review Date
March 31, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Derek Seymour , from SLO Ca

Summary:
Th North rim trail is very very rocky. This area was formed by lava flow from various volcanic eruptions that occured in and around Lassen Park ( an 2 hour drive north). The initial climb is often describes as a "washboard." It is bare volcanic rock making grip positive but the rolling surface hampers your mometum. Use the very right or left sides for the smoothest surface, but be careful not to drop off on to middle or lower trails. After crossing under the power lines the trail narrows and flatens. Evetually you will encounter a short but sweet downhill. Keep your speed up because you will encounter a steep left turn covered in loose rock, the right side is usually the best. Power this small hill and you are home free until the Live Oak Trail. This section is the best part of North rim. Insane switchbacks lead to a small straight downhill under a Canopy of Oaks and other various Trees. Another Uphill and you shoo down to the fire road. This in itself is a good power ride and many take the fire road back to the main gate for a fast downhill experience (Watch for cars Tuesday through Saturday.)Be careful when crossing Big Chico Creek I had a friend die downstream at Bear Hole, when she and her bike were swept away. Another long climb up the Green Gate trail and you hit another section of gut twisting switchbacks. this brings you to a mellow cruise across the bluffs high above the creek. You will then reach a long loose rock covered steep climb. The single track is tight and the the hills are rolling in this section. When you approach the power lines you can break left for a big downhill on fire roads, that leads to the backside of South Rim and California Park Residential area. Or you can follow th singlw track down and to the right taking you through the most difficult section of the course. Two turns are off camber bed rock flanked by trees that have claimed the rims of more than one rider. After reaching the bottom turn right to get to the golf course bridge and make your waqy back to the north rim parking lot. Finish off with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (brewed in Chico) at one of the many bars downtown. Relax and thank your lucky stars for making it back alive, because you just rode one of the hardest trails I know. I lived in Chico For six years while going to school and biked the whole time. It took me several tries and two ears before I rode the whole thing successfully. Check out the race it's a blast.

Recommended Route:
This is an accurate overview of the course route. However their are many side trails on the South Rim side (after you cross the creek) that are ridden just as often, making it difficult to find the exact route.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Secret Trail on the South Rim Side. No longer a secret but one still one of the best trails in Bidwell Park.



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