Tim Olson
Monkey Face
Chico Outdoor Adventurer

Monkey Face

From afar, the Monkey Face rock formation looks to have a bridged brow over two eyes, similar to a monkey's. This unique formation along with expansive views overlooking Bidwell Park make the Monkey Face Loop one of the most popular trails in the park.

Generally accessible year-round, you’ll enjoy it the most April through May and September through November when it’s dry and not too hot. Though the trail is rocky, it’s still easily accessed by most, with great views without much exertion, though a steep 300-feet elevation gain offers the right amount of challenge. Everyone in the family will love looking out over the park and getting the perfect sunset photo for social media. From parking lot E, take one of the many trails up to the face exploring the outcroppings.

Once to the top of the Monkey Face, visitors will find secluded spots to watch sunrise or sunset or climb on rocks for a more adventurous outing.

Key Info

Around 1 mile, but mileage can vary

Best used April - November, but it's accessible year-round

Dogs allowed on leash.

Upper Bidwell Park Map

Driving Directions

From Hwy 99 take the East Ave. exit east to the roundabout and take the second exit for Wildwood Ave. Continue on Wildwood Ave. until it turns into Upper Park Rd. Turn left into the Parking Lot E, just after the Chico Rod and Gun Club.

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