Little Bald Mountain Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews
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Little Bald Mountain Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Emigrant Gap, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 875 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

This is the hike to Little Bald Mountain Lookout (not Duncan Peak) which can also be reached along this trail. Park in the well marked parking area near Robinson Flat Campground, not in the campground. To start you will head west on a dirt road up a hill for a short distance. (If you’re facing the meadow, that would be to your right.) At mile .15 (less than a quarter of a mile), the road goes West. You want to veer on the trail that goes slightly left (SE). Follow it for about 1 mile. Trail dead ends into a trail that goes both left and right. To take in the lookout… Turn to the R (SW) on the trail for about 3/10ths of a mile where it intersects with a dirt road. Follow the road to your left, up the hill to the Lookout. After a beautiful scenic visit, back track the 1/2 mile to the point where you came up from the parking lot, then continue straight ahead. You are heading E now for 9/10ths of a mile (total of 2.9) where a trail goes off to your right (S) deep into the canyon. Stay on the main trail which continues east along a wide ridge till you get to a large switchback with lots of rocks and trees. Enjoy the vistas. Follow the switchback downhill. You will cross Robinson Valley Creek (in the valley) at about 3.9 miles. Shortly the Western States trail crosses your trail. Go left/west on the WST, thru the campground and back to the parking lot.

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9 days ago

trail is in great condition and has excellent views and also a beautiful valley at lower elevations. That being said it is waaaaay out there and probably not a destination in itself, but definitely do the trail if you are staying at Robinson Flat. Mileage can be extended on the WST either east or west.

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30 days ago

Great, morning

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1 month ago

Great trail in the middle of no where. Start early , and take your time exploring. Not many people on weekdays, if any. Don’t tell your friends , keep it a hidden gem! Did Sasquatch beat the hell out of all the signs?

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The mileage is wrong as well as the trail marked on this map. Just look at the sign in the picture. What is shown is starting at Robinson Flat, you go up, turn right at intersection which runs into a road (turn left) that leads to Duncan Peak Fire Lookout. then it goes back down Road that intersects the 93 Road (turn Right) which leads back to Robinson Flat. If you turn left at the first trail intersection, you follow that down and around where you turn left where it intersects with the Western States Trail which leads back to Robinson Flat. There is delicious, cold, fresh water in the middle of the meadow at Robinson Flat.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Dont rely on the google maps link for directions to the trail head. When you get to the camp ground at the end of the road, just park there. The alltrails trail map is off, as one half is a dirt road. The real loop is about four miles (per the sign at the beginning) and does not have any dirt road hiking. If you decide to head off to the fire lookout, it adds another mile. Great views from the fire look out, the rest of the trail is pretty dry and uncovered lots of the way.

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Friday, June 08, 2018

I actually did the longer Robinson Flat Trail, which is about 4.5 miles. And it was spectacular and not terribly difficult. I also went up Duncan Peak - a little side trail that would be easy to miss, but well worth the exploration. The views were incredible. You really feel like you are at the top of the world. This hike deserves more than five stars.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

good hike lots of snow still up there the signs are broke and in need of repair thank goodness for this app

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

This is a great hike , just love it

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