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Bald Mountain Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Shaver Lake, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.2 mi Elevation gain 1,519 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

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Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.

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Reviews (169)
Photos (140)
Recordings (106)
Completed (276)
Kelly Green
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky
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Julia Pernick
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HikingRocky

Download the map and follow it! Very easy to get lost but worth the journey! Beautiful views from the top

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Jessi Pettenuzzo
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Hiking

Really great trail! Look for rock piles and flags to help find the trail, difficult to find at parts. The varied terrain is fun, from steep dirt/rock trail to large boulders to wooded trees and then exposed rock at the top. Beautiful view of the mountains and Shaver Lake from the top. Good mix of sun and shade. Definitely recommend hiking shoes, as it is slippery/sandy at a number of parts. Funny to see all the cars driving up while we hiked it. It took us 2.25 hours up, 1.25 hour lunch break, 2 hours down.

Markie M.
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HikingOff trailRocky
Sarah Husein
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HikingOff trailRocky

June 6, 2020 Fair warning to hikers - this trail connects with an off road vehicle trail leading up to the top, where on any given weekend, 30-50 off roaders are having cookouts and stuff. It’s cool to witness, but a warning to stay alert for oncoming vehicles and to hike super early if you want to keep peace and solitude. Some parts were sandy and very slippery. Slid on my butt a few times. Overall, really fun hike. Diverse landscapes- boulders and trees and open space, and when I went, visibility was extremely low which gave it an ethereal feel.

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Paul Gutierrez
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OHV/Off Road DrivingGreat!Rocky

Very popular off road spot in the East of Fresno area. Used my FJ cruiser on 35s with a little over 3 inches of lift and it did great. Haven't touched the rocks with the armor yet but I'm sure I will at some point. But that is a part of the 4x4 game and it should be expected. Still trying to put together a group of folks to do a night. Can't wait to do that.

Abbie Joy
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Hiking

Not well marked. Multiple ways one can go, but some ways are barely a trail. Super slippery dirt. It’s like going vertical down hill. The view was nice. But I would say this is not dog friendly or kid friendly and for experienced hikers.

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Katie Gundermann
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Hiking

Lots of cairns and some flagging to follow at the start of the trail. And then Jeep trail to the top

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Scott Rodda
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HikingOff trailRocky

Challenging trail for my 9 year old daughter. Download the route, you can easily get off trail. It was Memorial Day weekend, fun to see all the JEEPs! There were only 2 other hikers on the trail. We found/ made a trail near a stream to avoid the OHV trail. Do yourself a favor, bring hiking poles.

Paula Garcia
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HikingBridge outRocky

Great views! Very steep & tough at the beginning/end though, so beware! Recommend downloading the map, it’s so easy to get off track.

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Jordan Briski
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HikingRocky
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Tracy Eisenberg Naftaly
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Hiking

Amazing trail and worth the trip to the lookout. Fun to see the off road vehicles. The trail is very confusing, look for the rock formations and ribbons in the tree. We made it there but got so lost coming back trying to find the trail from the 4x4 road. Please download the AllTrails maps before you leave so can follow offline. I’m thankful had a whistle too because we truly were lost. It was worth it!

Chris B.
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HikingScrambleSnow

This trail was incredibly hard in the beginning. A few switch backs in the beginning, take a fully charged phone and a pocket charger. Once at the top, there’s a place beside a big rock that blocks the wind for cooking on a small burner. A lot of gravel, be careful, especially going back down. View is so totally worth it.

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Toni Bromell
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HikingBugsRocky

Just finished this trail up with my 15 yr old and 12 yr old... the first mile is pretty tough going up and even more so coming down, it is pretty much loose gravel and had a couple of slips, coming down you have to be very careful. We used our bums to slide down at a few spots. The trail is pretty well defined for the most part but there are a few areas that you have to stop and search for the trail marks. There are also rock formations that people have set up to help.

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Jordan Reckmann
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HikingScrambleSnow

A pretty decent day-hike. I would recommend to start around sunrise if you want most of the trail to yourself. There were a few Dirt Bikes and ATVs on my way back down mid-morning. It’s a bit of a scramble coming back down due to the loose gravel but...nothing too terrible. There is still snow in the shaded valley but I will expect it to be gone within the next 30 days.

Niko Kingi
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Hiking

5/10/20. Solid day hike that takes you through gravel, forestry, stone, and a bit of snow to a summit that houses a fire lookout tower overlooking Shaver Lake and provides a view of the snow-capped Sierras. You'll feel most of the elevation gain right in the beginning of the hike and just before the summit. Trail can be difficult to find at many parts, so keep a watch-out for stacked rocks and ribbon ties to stay on the trail. Also beware of loose gravel where you can lose your footing. Overall, a hike I'd recommend.

KikiVanz User
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HikingOff trailRockySnow

This hike was fun, you run into loose gravel, snow, rocks. It was uphill most of the way to the tower, then down hill back. Coming back was adventurous, went the wrong way a couple times. Thank goodness for the flag marking and stacked up rocks to help us find our way back.

Brandon Salazar
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HikingOff trailRocky

I would not do this in the middle of summer unless at the crack of dawn. That being said the trail is steep the first third and then easy incline uphill. The top third is all granite and you can easily bushwhack (rockwhack) the whole thing if you have a map/compass. Their is a defined trail at the beginning so stay on it and follow it till you get to the OHV route.

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