With few cars on these country roads, a ride on Durham Loop is a pleasant and quiet one.
Starting at Durham’s Community Park, head west on Durham-Dayton Hwy through the quaint town of Durham until you reach the quiet roads of Burdick (to continue straight) until you turn left onto Troxel, where you will be amongst the rows of almond trees.
Troxel becomes Duncan before you come to Aguas Frias Rd. Take a right turn up to the Dayton “Four Corners” intersection. Here, you can continue north onto Dayton Road and ride into downtown Chico, or take a right for more orchard views. If you go right, consider a stop by Nascere Vineyards for some wine before you continue your ride to Fimple Rd. Turn left on Fimple and enjoy a quiet ride amongst trees before turning right on Hegan Lane, cycling past Chico State’s University Farm. Hegan will end at a stop light, cross through the intersection and hop on the bike path back to Durham.Take a left onto Jones Ave. Turn left onto Durham Dayton Hwy and take a right to bring you back to Durham Community Park.
Trail Difficulty: Flat
Trail Length & Type: 25-20 mile loop, Road Cycling
Best Used: Accessible year-round
Trail Map: Chico Velo
Take Hwy 99 South to Estates Dr. in Durham. Turn right onto Estates Dr. (signs for Estates Drive) Turn left onto Oroville-Chico Hwy. Turn right onto Lott Rd. Turn right onto Durham-Dayton Hwy. Take your first left for Durham Community Park.