The farmers market in the cool spring early summer evening is especially nice because you get to see the true flavor of Chico and its spirit. Walking through Upperbidwell park for a 4mile moonlite walk with the sierra club was exciting. Traveling along side the mountain, at times the moonlight so strong I didn't need the flash light.
East of Chico, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is a curious covered bridge. It's unusual because it has a wide section in the center, and two narrow ones on either end. There is a token admission fee to get in, but you can see it fine from the road. Go out Skyway to Honey Run Road, turn left. It turns into Centerville Road. Follow it to the bridge.
Table Mountain in the Spring
Rising out of the plains below is a flat-top edifice known as Table Mountain. It's a lovely place any time of year, with meadows (also used for grazing land), oak trees, rocky outcrops from an ancient lava bed, seasonal streams & rivulets, & even a little waterfall.
But Table Mountain really comes into its own in the Spring! Around late February/early-March to mid-April is the best time to come - it's when you'll be blown away by the masses of wildflowers! Lupine, poppies, owl's clover, vetch, paintbrush, shooting stars, buttercups, monkey flower - the list seems endless!
They don't all bloom at once - more like a wave of this group followed by a wave of that group; but each segment of the tide is glorious in its own right!
Make Table Mountain a Rite of Spring & explore historic Cherokee along the way in or out.
Has everything you would ever want. The only bad thing is the ocean isn't close. Mountains are not a far drive along with lakes. You can be wakeboaring in thirty minutes and snowboarding in two hours. Oh yeah the college is great.