Dead Horse Canyon


3.9 miles  600' elevation gain

best season: 
Dec-mid Apr
but not if snow below:

0:10 drive

dogs welcome

On the outskirts of Chico are the little canyons and ridges that constitute the headwaters of Dead Horse Slough.  Lower Dead Horse Slough is urbanized, but here is still wild. 

This is private land where the mountain bicyclists have made a nice, sustainable network.  Thanks go to the owner and the bicyclists.

This is a vigorous short hike.  Views across the Sacramento Valley on clear days, but dips down into intimate canyons.

Best during the rainy season when it is green and cool

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