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View from atop Monkey Face Trail, view of Horseshoe Lake and the city of Chico

Hiking is healing: finding peace during the pandemic

Carrington Power, Reporter // February 3, 2022

The towering red arches of Utah’s Moab desert was the last place I expected to find one of the greatest joys in my life. At first, it was just a quick pit stop on a family vacation. However, it turned...

The field study camp team at Inyo National Forest. Photo taken Sep. 24 by Jesse Engebretson.

Overdue homework: A trip to Mono Lake and the Bodie ghost town

Ava Norgrove, Reporter // October 15, 2021

For some, online learning was a begrudging necessity for the safety of students and professors alike. For others, like Chico State Parks and Recreation professor Jesse Engebretson and Sacramento State...

View of Bidwell Park and golf course from the trail by Big Chico creek Photo credit: Matthew Ferreira

Quick 30 minute hikes for busy students

Matthew Ferreira // December 2, 2019

In the midst of our busy lives filled with work and school, sometimes it can be hard to make time for yourself to get out and enjoy Chico’s beautiful parks and nature.Getting outside and taking advantage...

Swimmers taking a dip while a couple hikes down to the water. Photo credit: Courtney Chapman

Bear Hole: Formerly a hidden gem, now a Chico favorite

Courtney Chapman // April 17, 2018

You hear rushing water but all you see are fields around you. There are some strange jagged rock formations and as you approach them, you see a large drop leading down to the rushing river below.This is...

Th trail that I took that lead me down towards a road that leads to Bear Hole, a popular swim location during the summer. The road had tons of little trails branching off of it. Photo credit: Jordan Rodrigues

Post-finals adventures await

Jordan Rodrigues // December 16, 2016

After the last couple weeks of all-nighters, it's time to start exploring and hiking around different trails in Upper Park to wind down and relax. This trip helped me clear my mind from all responsibilities...

Illustrations by Kayce Tynan Photo credit: Kayce Tynan

Pack up and set out: Hiking, biking and swimming across Butte County

Jake Hutchison // September 8, 2015

  Whether overcast or clear skies, it is certain that the trails around Butte County will be populated on any given day. On a day off, nothing feels better than packing up the necessary gear...

Upper Bidwell Park offers many hiking and biking trails, swimming holes and views in its 3,670 acres of recreational space. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Chico offers array of options for outdoor recreation enthusiasts

Nick Bragg // February 28, 2015

With more than 3,670 acres of recreational space in just Bidwell Park alone, students who are interested in taking advantage of the outdoor activities that Chico has to offer have no shortage of choices. Students...

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