BCCER Nature Hikes

hikersGuided Nature Hikes
Each year we offer a series of, guided hikes and Naturalist Outings leading groups into Big Chico Creek Canyon. These hikes are open to the public and will vary in difficulty allowing an opportunity for everyone. Come explore and learn about the natural history and research conducted on the Reserves.

Private, Guided Group Hikes
Private group hikes are available by appointment only for group sizes up to 15 people. $200 fee per group for a full day. Contact the Reserve Director Jeff Mott at (530) 898-5010, via e-mail at jmott@csuchico.edu, or contact Education and Research Coordinator Scott Huber at whuber@csuchico.edu  

Strenuous Hikes are all day trips, allowing groups to access the more remote lands of BCCER and discover the hidden treasures few get to experience.

Moderate Hikes are half day hikes and will descend into the canyon on dirt roads and primitive hiking trails. Those up for a challenge can hike back to the top after lunch or may opt for a shuttle ride.

Easy Hikes are half day hikes and will follow the gentle contours of the canyon and walk the safest routes of the reserve, taking time to enjoy the spring time magic.


Groups Meeting Location:
Meet at the Highway 32 at 99 Park and Ride (West Lot) by 9:00 a.m. on the date of your hike (unless noted otherwise).

Lunch, snacks, drinking water (no pets, no smoking)

Long pants, hiking shoes, sun block, and perhaps a hat

Rough terrain, poison oak, wildlife, warm (or cold) weather, possible rain

There is a $5 fee for most hikes and Naturalist Outings to help with materials costs - additional donations are graciously accepted to support future hikes and educational programs.

Call our office at (530) 898-5010 and please specify the date of the hike you want to attend, and the names of people joining you.

It is impossible to meet handicap access requirements because of the steep terrain of the canyon and slope limitations as the trail includes short grades of up to 11%. Handicapped persons should not try accessing it without being accompanied by a qualified field assistant.

Self-guided Nature Hikes
The self-guided nature trail begins at the Kiosk by the headquarters office and makes a 0.7 mile elongated loop to minimize climbing. Please sign in at the registration box when you enter the BCCER.  There is a registration box at our main headquarters gate (14 Mile House Road) and another registration box at the Bidwell Park/BCCER boundary on Ten Mile House Road.  Please contact the BCCER if you are interested in a group outing, class visit, or research opportunities. 

A limited number of trail guides can be borrowed at the kiosk or click here to download a pdf version of the guide.