CSU, Chico News

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve Spring Hikes

Date: 04-21-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Mark Lynch
Education Coordinator Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER) still has two hikes scheduled in their series of natural history hikes. An easy hike is scheduled for this Sunday, April 26, and a moderate hike is scheduled for the following Sunday, May 3.

“Folks from BCCER will lead the hikes into Big Chico Canyon for an exploration of the season’s treasures,” said Mark Lynch, education coordinator for BCCER. “Come and enjoy the spring canyon sun, move through blooming flowers and creek side riffles as you experience an educational visit to Big Chico Creek Canyon.”

The easy hike scheduled for this coming Sunday, April 26, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., follows the gentler contours of the canyon and the safest routes of the reserve. It will be leisurely and there will be time to enjoy the springtime flowers. Bring a lunch.

The moderate hike on Sunday, May 3, also 10 a.m.–2 p.m., will descend into the canyon on dirt roads and primitive hiking trails. After a break for lunch, hikers can either hike back to the top beside Big Chico Creek or opt for a shuttle ride.

Hikers meet at the Highway 99 Park ’n’ Ride, then carpool 10 miles east to BCCER. Everyone should wear sturdy hiking shoes and pack a lunch to enjoy along the hike. Trips are rain or shine, so come prepared!

Trips are free to the public, but charitable donations are gladly accepted. For more information and to sign up, e-mail Mark Lynch, bccereducation@csuchico.edu or call 530-342-1371. The BCCER Web site is at www.csuchico.edu/bccer.