Bald Mountain Trail

HARD 62 reviews
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Bald Mountain Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop 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
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1778 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

2 hours 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!

4 hours 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
7 days 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
4 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
6 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.

8 months ago

Beautiful hike. It was harder getting down than up!

hiking
8 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
9 months ago

Fun trail great views.

hiking
9 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!

9 months ago

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

off road driving
9 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
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Great trail!

Monday, May 30, 2016

fabulously awesome. with some hair raising places. try it but take your time.
enjoy

hiking
Friday, May 20, 2016

It's not very challenging and has beautiful views

off road driving
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Easy for a modified off road vehicle. Great views and well worth the drive.

hiking
Friday, April 29, 2016

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.

off road driving
Thursday, February 25, 2016

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!

off road driving
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

So much fun in the snow on this trail.

hiking
Monday, March 30, 2015

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.

off road driving
Monday, July 28, 2014

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!!!

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