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Upper Bidwell Park Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 800'
Location: 39.77165, -121.76693 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, Rick Shull, Muscrat, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Muscrat on May 31, 2015

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The 'canyon' walls on both sides of Big Chico Creek are lined in Lovejoy Basalt. Up to 150' tall, there are numerous potential climbing areas. Due to park restrictions, there is no permanent gear allowed. No bolts, no drilling. As the nature of the rock is mostly face, the majority of the climbs are top roped.
There are also numerous boulders; over the years many lines have been worked, sent, and lost in the sands of time. A great place to bring a pad and a towel.
Please respect the rules, and keep the Chico local crag open to all.
Excellent swimming holes dot the creek, with many of the developed climbs adjacent to swimming holes. Be sure to know the rules of the park, such as no glass, no alcohol, etc.
The top rope anchors are all natural anchors; rocks and trees. Most anchors need to be extended some distance, some more than 30'. It is imperative that long slings and webbing are available. Caution and common sense are necessary.

Getting There 

Enter Upper Bidwell Park on Wildwood Ave. As of June, 2015, the road in the park is only open to Bear Hole on a limited basis. The road past Bear Hole is closed, so most climbing areas involve hiking. Check the internet for current closure days and times. Bicycles are a good option for quicker access.

Climbing Season

For the Northeast California area.

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Upper Bidwell Park

Orange Crush 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  California : Northeast California : ... : The Color Wall
The largest weakness at the colorwall, the line was originally led on gear, pins and bolts in the 70's (?) by unknown climbers. There is still fixed gear, old and rusty (!?) and bolts at the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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