Bald Mountain Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Shaver Lake, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
off road driving
Had a blast, very nise trail. I'm hoping to go soon again.
Midnight madness what a blast.
beautiful and fun
fabulously awesome. with some hair raising places. try it but take your time.
It's not very challenging and has beautiful views
Easy for a modified off road vehicle. Great views and well worth the drive.
Great trail though pedestrian and vehicle paths overlap in some areas, though I may have been lost for a while. Beautiful birds and flora can be seen if you pay attention.
Took our stock 2015 Jeep Wrangler and ran thru most trails. Expect the major rock climbing. Great trail to learn how to use your 4x4. Meet some very nice people up and around the trails. A must do again!
So much fun in the snow on this trail.
Fantastic experience offering a variety of challenges for all levels of thrill seekers. Thanks goes out to all the folks that have taken the time to tie markers into the hiking trail, and to the stacked stone smiths. Biggest challenge is dealing with the multiple Spurs and offshoots of this trail. Once the final peak is in sight, it's kind of obvious where you are going so the trail becomes far less necessary, but a sense of adventure and a willingness to tread away from the road can be cause for some excitement and challenges you didn't expect.
The fire watch tower appears to be in the midst of a renovation. The frame and roof are back up, where they had previously been removed.
Coming back down is the tricky part... If you went astray on the way back, be sure to go out the way you came unless you want to hike the much longer 4x4 road back to Dinkey Cr Rd. Do not get stuck following one of the several drainage draws that avail themselves. Most of them turn east, away from the road. Bad news if you want to keep the vertical to a minimum.
This trail is appropriately rated as difficult, however a junior novice or slightly experienced beginning could easily complete the hike if they were with somebody who had completed it before.
Great trail but is you should definitely have a modified jeep or something with a short wheel base. I went in a dodge Durango with a 2 inch lift and 31 inch tires and made it but I wish I would have had my jeep. To bad I broke the rear axle and housing on a different trail 4 weeks ago and am upgrading to a Dana 44 by G2 with a locker. great views and a fun day trip from Madera. Always remember ONLY THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO GO TO FAR CAN POSSIBLEY FIND OUT HOW FAR ONE CAN GO!!!
The hardest part is the first 15 minute incline. After that the hike is very easy going. If you have a good sense of direction I suggest going off trail.
If you're a climber the hike has some easy bouldering problems off trail. Vb-v1 with some HIGH quality rock! Make sure you bring a spotter since its hard to get a crash pad up with you.
To Hike the trail starts on the side of Dinkey Creek Road. If you pass Rock Creek road you have gone too far. It starts off the road. The first thing is you follow the steep trail up the mountain to the top. If you ever feel lost on this trail look around for forks. You will never get lost on this trail it is marked very well. It can get hot despite it being windy. I recommend you take a lot of water. Once you get to the top you will see a tower. The tower used to be a ranger station. A ranger would live there year round. It has a chain along the entrance to the stair case maybe because it is unsafe to be on but you can easily get into the tower. One your way down you will be asking yourself why was it so hard going up. Still be careful where you step there is a lot of loose gravel and it is very easy to slip and fall. On your final decent back to your car take your time on your way down and sit down and crawl your way across loose gravel if you don't feel comfortable standing. Good luck!