Big Baldy Ridge Trail

MODERATE 188 reviews
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Big Baldy Ridge Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stony Creek Village, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,391 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
rocky
22 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail to hike! The elevation gain wasn’t too bad at all, loved the views at the end! Overall great day hike!

hiking
1 month ago

The loop on here does not exist. It’s an out and back with very little elevation. Only 4.4 miles with 600 feet

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail with my 12 year old. Great walk and great panoramic views from the top. You can see the Kaweahs and even Mt Whitney in the distance on a clear day

hiking
1 month ago

Took this hike in the morning on a chilly day in October. It was about 55 when I started and ended up being in the 60s when I finished. The trail is very easy to follow and the terrain feels great on the feet. There isn’t too many obstacles that right stick out in my mind. There were no instances of any run-ins with wildlife or bugs while I was on the trail. The views throughout the hike are spectacular, unlike many other hikes where the payoff is at the end. The trail, for my journey, had very small amounts of foot traffic and I was able to park right past the trailhead sign in a turnout. I enjoyed this one a lot!

hiking
1 month ago

Big baldy was a lovely 1/2 day hike that my wife and I did on our last day in the area. It is a true moderate difficulty trail with both some sharply inclined areas and other flatter, easier areas. You have a beautiful view of the valley nearly the entire time which culminates on the rock of big baldy with a spectacular panorama views. There is a good amount of sun exposure which was welcome in the 50 degree weather in October. Truly a perfect 3 hour or so quick one!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, especially on a clear day. there are a few gradual switchbacks to start out the hike, which lead to a nice climb along the ridge that offers views out west towards the valley and Mineral King to the east. The first third and last third of the trail is pretty rocky, but the middle section is a nice easy stroll. Very few hikers considering how it's one of the more enjoyable hikes in the park. Sunsets are nicer here than Moro Rock, with zero crowds.

hiking
2 months ago

One of the best views you can get with only 4.5 miles of distance! Great sense of solitude on the way and expansive view at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Love this trail! Good for hiking and trail runs. Much of the trail is exposed ridgeline with amazing views.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

This trail has some great views especially if you can go on a clear day. There is another peak past Big Baldy that offers a nice panoramic view but it is very rocky so be careful.The trail to the next peak is sometimes hard to follow but it wasn't too bad.

hiking
3 months ago

Can't decide which is best - Big Baldy or Little Baldy. Both have spectacular views after wonderful hikes. Completed both barely meeting another soul - wonderful!

hiking
3 months ago

Surprisingly secluded (only saw 4 people) in the afternoon. Seems longer than the 4 miles round trip to the peak that is listed, but it wasn't challenging even after hiking Redwood Canyon in the morning (you get a good view of it from the top). Some good spots to see marmots among the rocks.

hiking
3 months ago

Really cool hike to see the area. We saw plenty of groundhogs and two black bear. Once you reach the summit there are two elevation markers. Great view for lunch. Took us about two hours each way.

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over grown
3 months ago

Nice views and an easy hike to a great lunch spot. On the way back though, stick to the same trail. We went in a loop by the lake and there weren’t any views and the trail was very overgrown. We all had to pick off 20 stickers each off us

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rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Unbeatable 360° views with minimal effort to get to them! A fair amount of bumble bees in July

hiking
4 months ago

This was a great trail. Great views and not too difficult!

hiking
4 months ago

beautiful

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers on July 4th in a heavy snow year. Good Sierra views of Sierra peaks to the north and east, and of the foothills to the west. Not too crowded later in the afternoon, given it’s relative popularity and it being a holiday.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
5 months ago

Great hike for our family! Quite a few areas of downed trees across the trail, but not difficult to walk a round or step over. If you hike past the big Baldy summit, there is another peek with a great view. You can even go further a long narrow saddle, but we turned around at the second peak and it was about a 7.7 mile hike. We experienced some bees and a few mosquito bites, So just make sure you use some bug spray. Enjoyed the wildflowers, and also saw the marmot. :-) Definitely worth it!

hiking
5 months ago

Went today, what a beautiful trail. It was kind of hazy today though so the views could have been better but they were still stunning. Frequent ups and downs, lots of bumblebees and even saw a marmot. Snow is almost all gone, a few patches here and there.

hiking
5 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. Did an evening hike June 15. It was a little hazy but still great views. Very little snow left and there are a few trees fallen across the trail, but going over or around was easy. Great evening on a wonderful trail.

hiking
6 months ago

I've done this trail a couple times and both times there were wildfires going on nearby and it really hindered the views. Seems like one to do on a clear day.

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snow
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

03/31/19 Beautiful 360 views! Deep snow, but red blazes on trees make it easy to follow the trail. Snowshoes recommended.

hiking
Mon Nov 19 2018

A nice little moderate hike. Air quality was terrible though from the fires. The views must be spectacular when the skies are clearer. I can’t wait to do this hike again after some rain or in the spring.

hiking
Sun Nov 11 2018

This was a great hike, I’m a little out of shape but I kept up with my son! Beautiful views, unfortunately a bit hazy today from the fires but still spectacular and enjoyable!

Mon Aug 27 2018

the sign said 4.4 mi. round trip for this one I thought. i enjoyed it but the air quality was really poor today when I went, to the point where the view of the mountains was obstructed when you get to the lookout. would be 5 stars on a clear day for sure though. Only 5 or 6 groups were on the trail

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