Attempted a ride to the little community of Forest Ranch (I don't think it quite amounts to a "town") about 14 miles east of Chico yesterday. 14 miles east and about 2000 feet up. I didn't understand that it was 15 miles away when I started though and just after reaching Crown Point Road I decided to turn around. Someone had told me it was easier to ride to Forest Ranch than to Paradise. Maybe that's true since I never felt like I had to stand up in the saddle in order to keep pedalling forward. The grade was less severe but the place is farther away. Here is where I got: Driving Directions from Chico to Crown Point Rd & State Hwy 32.
It took me about 1.5 hours to get there and half an hour to get home again. Next time I'll know that just a bit further up the road is...I don't know. Maybe they have a small gift shop or a phone booth there or something.