so how long is it? all trails lists as 5.9 miles out and back, but when you get to the top, it says 5 miles back to the road, making it a 10 mile hike, which seems kinda longer than it felt. Anyhow it is gorgeous, with amazing views. I would take trek poles if I go again to deal with rockiness.

I've hiked this trail multiple times. There's usually not too many people, especially towards the top. The views up there are fantastic and worth the incline. The trail is pretty exposed, so bring plenty of water and sun protection. The only con is a good portion of the trail is a fire road

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no shade
14 days ago

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17 days ago

You’re going to feel this one the next day if you’re not in shape. It’s a steep trail in places. It’s 100% with it though! It has beautiful views of mountains and wildflowers. Great places to stop an paint. It was windy in places and varied between shade and sun.

Beautiful trail. Pretty steep and strenuous, especially the top 1/3. Areas of this hike burned in 2017 fires with scars still visible, but still very scenic despite this.

Very challenging but worth it! The elevation gain is brutal and some of the trail is very rocky with little shade. Please don’t let that scare you because the views are incredible. On a clear day you can see for what feels like forever. Trail is very well maintained and marked. Parking can be a little limited but the trail head is super easy to find. Highly recommend!!

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bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

I thought this trail was pretty easy until we passed the Nattkemper bench, which is when it got really steep and strenuous. AllTrails lists this trail as 5.9 miles round trip but I clocked it 8.2 on my Fitbit (phone died on my way down). Very rocky as you get higher so try to protect those ankles. No shade.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Incredible work out! Involves some scrambling. The views and elevated heart rate make it all worth it. Not puppy friendly :-(

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fee
2 months ago

Wow what a beautiful trail. Very well-maintained, little bit of poison oak creeping around at the edges, but no big deal.

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3 months ago

It's an easy trail, varying between a very wide and well maintained dirt path to a fire road. So, no technical or challenging parts at all, but it's steep much of the way. There is a pretty steady uphill grade from beginning to summit with few breaks. It's a lovely hike and the view from the top is great although it can get pretty windy up there!

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fee
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

Not the easiest but not the hardest. There's a brook where you need to hop over some rocks and then farther up some big jagged rocks to climb but it's worth it.

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fee
no shade
4 months ago

I consider myself an occasional hiker. This hike was a definite butt blaster; it was steep going up to the top but it was worth it. I started about 11:30 am and got to the top in an hour and a half. Fortunately the air was crisp and it was slightly nippy, which made for a great hike especially since the trail was not shaded. I was still able to see Mount Tamalpais, Mount St.Helena, Cobb mountain, Napa, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Mountain Ridge, to name a few. On the way back I took Vista Trail, which was quite interesting. This trail was somewhat shaded and run parallel to a creek. I was happy that I made it to the top.

fee
off trail
scramble
4 months ago

Main trail is paved but there are a bunch of little trails off the main trailhead. I took some little back trails up to the summit then the main trail back down. Ended up being 7.5 miles and 2k' climb. Nice area.

Great hike! Well maintained. Nice views

on Bald Mountain Trail

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fee
4 months ago

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