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Explore Upper Bidwell Park with a day trip on the Yahi Trail

Victor Guerrero along with his dog hiking the Yahi Trail. Photo credit: Katalina Santamaria
May 8, 2018

Located in Upper Bidwell Park, roughly 10 minutes outside of Downtown Chico, the Yahi Trail is a simple, yet exciting hike that leads to Chico’s beloved Bear Hole. There are various ways to get to...

One Mile: A fun day trip in the sun near downtown Chico

A couple walk along the swimming area at Bidwell Park One Mile, April 20. Photo credit: Rachael Bayuk
April 24, 2018

Located in the heart of Chico in historic Lower Bidwell Park, roughly five minutes from Downtown Chico and Chico State, it is a local favorite.Unlike hikes that may be snowed over or muddy during certain...

Take a day trip to the Flumes

One of the many flumes located along the trail. Photo credit: Austin Schreiber
April 8, 2018

Accessible aqueducts, amazing views, large boulders, red newts and a true sense of nature are five things you can find at the Flumes.The Flumes are a series of small water bridges that run alongside the...

Getting involved with the great outdoors through Chico State’s Adventure Outings

Adventure Outings on their Intro to Whitewater Rafting trip. Photo Courtesy: Keith Crawford
April 3, 2018

If you're like me and like trying new things but hate being that person that doesn't know what they're doing, then Adventure Outings is for you! Chico State offers this unique outdoor recreation program...

Monkey Face makes great spring break hike

Monkey Face in Upper Bidwell Park is an unusual rock formation that has a trail leading to the top that many people hike. Photo credit: Ruby Larson
March 20, 2018

Staying in Chico over spring break and wanting to get out, explore and adventure? Thankfully Chico has a multitude of hiking trails throughout Upper and Lower Bidwell Park just waiting for visitors. Whether...

Humans of Chico State

Senior Nutrition & Food Sciences major, Kayley Jimenez, shares her love for nature and the beauty Chico has to offer. Photo credit: Jae Siqueiros
August 27, 2016

"I'd never really been interested in the wilderness until I moved to Chico. Lassen is my hidden gem now. The trees, the clear lakes, the open sky and a nice cliff bar make for a great day trip. Once I...

One Mile named Chico’s best outdoor recreational spot

Illustration by Kayce Tynan Photo credit: Kayce Tynan
September 9, 2015

I googled One Mile the other day and found that it’s ranked No.1 of 27 things to do in Chico on Trip Advisor. While the reviews are great (I found out it’s better to go on a Friday right after...

Geocaching sends students on high-tech treasure hunt

Michael Barackman, a first-year economics major, first geocached in Boy Scouts and has made it a hobby ever since. Photo credit: Nick Bragg
April 30, 2015

With more than 2 million hidden treasures worldwide, students can spend hours searching for hidden mysteries all over Chico as part of a global scavenger hunt called geocaching. The first step to finding...

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
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...

Black and white people problems

April 15, 2014

Originally, I was going to do a post on white people problems, but as I pitched it, a colleague tried to make me cop out, reasoning that she couldn't write an article on black people problems. But funny...

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