Bald Mountain Trail

HARD 74 reviews
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Bald Mountain Trail is a 5.4 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.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1430 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

off road driving
12 days ago

Lots of fun for my first trip. Stock 2017 Toyota Tacoma. Had a couple hard spots because of clearance issues. But FUN!!

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful views!

hiking
23 days ago

The difficulty rating is appropriate, there’s a lot of up hill hiking. Getting to the top of Bald Mountain was easy enough. The views are beautiful. Yet somehow coming back down we got lost quite a few times. The trail is not defined and you kind of have to guess which direction the trail is. There were a lot of 4x4 vehicles the day we went. We were the only hikers. Im glad I did this hike but will probably not do it again unless in a vehicle.

off road driving
27 days ago

Moderately challenging. Saw stock vehicles doing though. You can opt out on some of the hard stuff. Beautiful views. Well worth it. It was a challenge to find the head of the trail. Look for the stacked rocks to stay on track.

hiking
1 month ago

amazing hike, blinded by the white granite. very steep at the beginning overwhelming views and finally Meeting a bear on his path.
Start was a little difficult to find, but when heading North where the sign of the Summit is place easy to find. the silence in there is amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was great to do during May when it was still relatively cool and the clouds provided coverage from the sun. The effort is worth the view at the end (if not totally surrounded by clouds as it was for all but a few minutes when I was there). It’s very easy to lose the trail and I did so multiple times, but being able to reference this app helped. But beware, it drains your battery. Early in the trail, ribbons mark the route relatively well, but once the terrain opens up you have to rely on the rock piles which are obvious in some places and almost impossible to rely on in others.

hiking
1 month ago

A great hike overall. Hiked it in mid-May while it was still fairly brisk and chilly, which was nice. I do t think it’d be a good hike at all during hot weather since there’s little shade for most of it. Trail starts towards the right side of the parking area. Approx. first 1/3 to the peak is very steep. Make sure you’re in decent shape.. I wasn’t but still made it though. Cairns can be tricky to follow on the way down.

1 month ago

Great trail. A nice challenge. Not to intense for a fun day hike. First quarter of the trail is pretty easy to follow. But after a while it get rather difficult to read. DONT follow the 4x4 trails. They don’t lead to Bald Mountain. This app helped tremendously.

1 month ago

An awesome trail, especially as a fallback when everything else is closed!

2 months ago

Definitely need a fully charged phone to keep track of the trail! Lost track of the ribbons once the trail tapered off, and had to search for stacked rocks in order to know where to go until you find the Jeep trail. Good luck!

2 months ago

Overall pretty cool hike. View was nice at the top, but I would love to see it with Shaver full of water. All trails app isn’t really effective, it pulls you away from main trail. Also trail Head is a little hard to find with a ton of wash out debris blocking the main path and a incorrect path to its left that will lead you straight up the mountain. Good luck have fun, I wouldn’t go alone....

hiking
2 months ago

The route shown on alltrails isn't well marked, if marked at all, up until you get to the fork half-way up. You need to keep you eyes open so you don't get too far off trail. Taking the left at that fork also appeared to be off trail as well with the random stone cairn every once in a while. It's fairly straight-forward to find your way back to the main trail though.

hiking
4 months ago

Definitely a hard hike during the winter, but if you can make it to the peak... get ready to be amazed!

hiking
6 months ago

27 degrees when we started with a little snow and frost, but it was perfect. Highly recommend for a last minute pre snow hike.

hiking
8 months ago

The trail is labaled here HARD , but I think it is medium.
The first part of the trail is a steep , but later on it turns to a relatively flat or slow slope walk on the ridge. The last part joins a jeep road to bald mountain peak, so I had lots of vehicle company. Bald peak has a observation deck tower and offers great views of Shaver lake and the area. Although the trail is marked well, with color ribbons ,where there are trees and with piles of stones is the more exposed areas - still I lost the trail several times and used the app to return to the track.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike. It was harder getting down than up!

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful views of Shaver Lake, watch tower with swing at the top! First half of the hike was pretty hard, straight up hill, climbing along rocks- then mellows out the rest of the way. Followed the pink ties and stacked rocks. Got a little lost on the way back and had to back track- pulled out the all trails map though and found the trail again. Definitely start early, most of the trail is exposed- hence bald mountain!

off road driving
11 months ago

Fun trail great views.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike with beautiful end view! There was still snow on the trail when we went so some of the markers were covered up. The trail markers are stacked rocks, but they're pretty staggered. If you can't find them just follow the tire tracks. This trail is used frequently by rock crawlers. We did see a bear on the way down so it would probably be a good idea to bring bear spray. Can't wait to go again soon!

11 months ago

Hiking this trail made you feel a bit like a mountain goat! Beautiful views made the hike worthwhile.

off road driving
11 months ago

Great trail and great views! Couple bumper busters, 3.5" lift with 35's on a Jeep Rubicon did just fine on this trail.

off road driving
Saturday, June 17, 2017

hiking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Great trail, challenging and beautiful. Starts steep and mellows out in a meadow before the final summit pushes. There were still patches of snow on the ground around 8k ft up on Monday, May 29. Have to agree with the last review that the trail is not well marked once you get to the meadow and again when you're following the creek path. It was very easy to get lost but luckily the snow-capped mountains to the east helped me keep my bearings and find the trail again. Parts of the trail area doubles for jeeps and ATVs but their trail starts in a totally different place so it's not like you can follow them back down. All in all a great trail but could use more TLC

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

First let me say that this trail is magnificent and beautiful. And the top is absolutely amazing. That said, you better have some serious navigation skills because it is not well marked and easy to get lost. My girlfriend and I were the only ones up on the mountain Sunday and we got lost and had to sleep there for the night. We made it out because of the good people at Fresno County Sheriffs search and rescue.

Beautiful hike but better be prepared.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Very beautiful hike and even in at there was snow patch and I went last Wednesday! Loved seeing all the rock formations

off road driving
Monday, December 05, 2016

Love this trail

hiking
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I hiked this trail back in April and there was still snow pack for the top half of the hike.

I liked that this trail was easy to moderate and definitely can be considered a day hike. The views of shaver lake and the surrounding sierras are beautiful at the top. I recommend this hike for all levels.

off road driving
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Had a blast, very nise trail. I'm hoping to go soon again.

Monday, June 06, 2016

gonzo

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

beautiful and fun

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