The Orion

Quick 30 minute hikes for busy students

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

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 of what Chico has to offer doesn’t have to be time consuming. Below are a few short hik...

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

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

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 Bear Hole.Located in Upper Bidwell Park roughly 10 minutes outside of downtown Chico, Bear Hole is a f...

Post-finals adventures await

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

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 for about an hour. The little break from reality was revitalizing after the end of the semester.Taking pictures ...

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

Illustrations by Kayce Tynan Photo credit: Kayce Tynan

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 and setting out. Afterall, hiking was voted the most popular pastime in the Best of Chico poll. Here are the most pop...

Chico offers array of options for outdoor recreation enthusiasts

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

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 simply do not know the capacity of outdoor options that Chico offers, said Chris ...

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