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North Rim Trail

Intermediate
 3.5 (2)

Lava Cap trail along Big Chico Creek Canyon's North Rim.


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4.5

Miles

7.3

KM

Point to Point

1,398' 426 m

High

304' 93 m

Low

1,107' 337 m

Up

13' 4 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The trail starts at the easter cross near the north rim parking lot. It is very wide in the first mile with multiple trails dropping back into the shallow canyon. As the trail gains elevation, it gradually starts to resemble a trail rather than a widened road of loose lava cap. The views start to become more magnificent the higher the trail gets. Towards the top there are some short downhill sections before climbing to B Trail and beyond to a lookout. The trail can be done as an out and back or a short backtrack to B Trail will take the hiker back into the canyon where one can return on Middle Trail.

The North Rim Trail sits atop the northern canyon of Big Chico Creek and offers stunning views in all directions once some elevation is gained. The trail itself is widened singletrack from years of use and erosion with very little soil sitting upon lava cap.

Flora & Fauna

Live oak, Valley oak, Manzanita, poison oak

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Chico, CA

Shared By:

Jco25 Colby

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  3.5 from 2 votes

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Photos

Start of B trail. Singletrack coming up.
Mar 13, 2015 near Paradise, CA
looking across the canyon to the bottom of Bloody Pin Trail
Mar 13, 2015 near Paradise, CA
looking east from the North Rim parking lot
Mar 13, 2015 near Chico, CA
rocks, rocks and more rocks
Mar 13, 2015 near Chico, CA

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