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Bidwell Park California

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Submitted By: MowFam08 on 27 Aug 2008
Latitude: 39.765484
Longitude: -121.790357

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Bidwell Park is "divided" by Manzanita Avenue. The area west of Manzanita Avenue is referred to as Lower Park and the area to the east is referred to as Upper Park. The noticeable difference between Upper and Lower Park is the terrain. Upper Park is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It has steep terrain and contains many rock formations, including the unique Chico Formation sandstone and Lovejoy Basalt rocks. Lower Park is flat and level with a thick canopy of trees which provide ample shade for the visitor.


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For those interested in swimming, the Sycamore Pool, located at the One-Mile Recreation Area, is an uncommon swimming experience, being a concrete pool built around Big Chico Creek. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend each year at the pool. When swimming in Big Chico Creek, be sure to use caution. Water which may appear to be shallow and/or slow moving can actually be swift and powerful. Don't be a victim! Stay in areas where there is no white water. When possible, swim with friends. Also, as with all other activities, bring enough drinking water to stay hydrated.


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Mountain biking is one of the most common activities that takes place in Bidwell Park. There are miles upon miles of trails to ride on. Some of the basic bike rules are:

* no riding on Yahi Trail (a pedestrian only trail);
* no bikes on Upper Park trails when closed due to wet conditions;
* helmets must be worn by people of all ages when riding off of pavement in Upper Park

To further ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable time, bring plenty of drinking water and a tire patch kit.


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Horseback riding is yet another common past time in the Park. Because Park trails are mostly multi-use, there are abundant riding opportunities for equestrians. Basic equestrian rules are:

* no horses on Upper Park trails when closed due to wet conditions.
* keep horses 100 feet away from established picnic areas;
* and cross the creek only at established and signed horse crossings


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Hiking in Bidwell Park is a perfect way to spend a day. All trails in Bidwell Park are open to pedestrians. The pedestrian-only Yahi Trail in Upper Park is a recommended visit. Yahi Trail offers the hiker miles of scenic views along Big Chico Creek. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and to bring plenty of drinking water.



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