26E219 - Bald Mountain
Shaver Lake, California (Fresno) Technical Rating: 3-8
Last Updated: 12-27-2017
26E330 - Powder Hill, 26E211 - Plain, 25E213 - Tower, 25E2090 -Bend
Dusy-Ershim Trail, 26E213 - Coyote Lake Trail , 26E212 - Red Lake Trail , 26E216 - Mirror Lake Trail , Brewer Lake Trail , 8S42 to Sand Flats, 8S10 - Red Lake Road, Swamp Lake , Strawberry Lake Trail, 25E318 - Deadman’s Curve, 25E208 - Bow Tie
Sierra National Forest / High Sierra Ranger District
26E219 - Bald Mountain Highlights
This scenic 4x4 trail includes something for everyone with its numerous difficult lines that can be bypassed by those looking for an easier route. At the peak of Bald Mountain and Hollywood Hill, you will find panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, Shaver Lake and the San Joaquin Valley. If the daytime views aren't enough for you, head to the tower at sunset and watch the sun fade into the night time lights of Fresno below. 26E219 - Bald Mountain is only one of many off-road trails in the Bald Mountain OHV area which sits just east of Shaver Lake in the Sierra National Forest.
Technical rating: (3-8) Easy-Difficult
Heavy rock and/or severe ruts. Rocks exceeding hub height frequent. Shelves to 12". Deep mud or uphill mud sections. Steep grades to 25 degrees and can be loose or rocky. Water crossings may exceed 30" in depth. Side hill to 30 degrees. One vehicle wide. Body damage possible. Experience needed. Vehicle Modifications helpful.
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Directions to Trailhead
Take 168 east / north toward Huntington Lake for about 12 miles. Continue onto CA-168 / Tollhouse Road for about 21 miles. Turn left to stay on CA-168 for another 14.5 miles. Turn right to follow Dinky Creek Road for 9.1 miles. Turn left on Rock Creek Road. The Bald Mountain Trailhead will be on the left / west side of Rock Creek Road in 3.5 miles.
Bald Mountain Trail is closed 04/01-05/30 each year, but this is subject to extended or early closures. This seasonal closure is to minimize erosion and damage to the trail durring the snow melt.
Bald Mountain Trail includes dirt, rocks, more rocks, twists, turns, climbs, sand, more rocks, optional hard lines and views that will leave you in awe. Bald mountain trail is an easy trail, but includes some borderline extreme obstacle that can be easily bypassed. Leading from Rock Creek Road at its east end to the Bald Mountain Tower at its west end, this trail has alot to offer. At only 4.4 miles long, one might think this would be a quick trail, but you will find it is easy to spend a full day or more here. Bald Mountain is a great trail for any off-roader from beginner to advanced.
The Bald Mountain OHV trail system is maintained by the Clovis Independent 4-wheelers under an Adopt-A-Trail / volunteer agreement with the Sierra National Forest.
1: Bald Mountain Trailhead / Lower Green Gate (0.0mi)
The trailhead is on the west side of Rock Creek Road. The gate here is known as the "lower green gate".
2: 26E330 - Powder Hill Intersection (Turn Left) (0.3mi)
Turn left / south here to stay on Bald Mountain. Straight is 26E330 - Powder Hill.
4: Open Area (0.7mi)
Continue straight or take a break at this open area before heading up Slab Hill.
5: Little Snot (0.8mi)
Continue up Little Snot. There is no bypass for section, so pick your line and make your way up this rocky grade.
6: Rocky Up (1.0mi)
Continue up this Rocky Hill. Again, there are no bypasses here, so you will have make your way over these rocks.
10: Hollywood Hill (1.5mi)
This is an added scenic stop. Get out and enjoy the view or drive around and play on the rocks here. Turn around and head back to Waypoint 8, then Waypoint 11 to continue on.
11: Scenic Stop (1.9mi)
Continue straight or stop to checkout the views. This is another scenic waypoint.
12: 26E330 - Powder Hill Intersection (west) (2.1mi)
Continue straight. To the north is the west end of 26E330 - Powder Hill.
13: Sand Flats (2.7mi)
Continue straight, through Sand Flats, where the trees and surrounding hills enclose on the trail.
16: Big Snot (3.1mi)
Turn sharp left to head up Big Snot; a large pile of boulders protruding from the hill side, or continue straight as the trail curves left / west to bypass this obstacle.
17: Bear Rock (3.4mi)
Continue straight around Bear Rock. This is another great spot to stop and enjoy the views.
18: Posi Hill (3.9mi)
Turn left, up Posi Hill and follow this track to go through the Posi Hill obstacle. If you want to bypass Posi Hill, continue straight at the bottom the hill.
20: Intersection with Northern Trails ( Keep Left ) (4.3mi)
Turn left, toward the tower as the northern trails intersect. The trails to the north are 25E213 - Tower, 25E318 - Deadman’s Curve and 25E2090 -Bend.
21: The Tower (4.4mi)
You've reached the end of the trail. Get out and enjoy the view, check out the tower and take a few pictures. There are great views of Shaver Lake and the surround mountains here. When you've had enough, head out the way came in or you can follow the northern trails up to Rock Creek Road. If you choose this route, head north on 25E209 - Bend, to 25E208 - Bow Tie and continue north to Rock Creek Road. Once at Rock Creek Road, turn right / east and follow it back to the Bald Mountain Trailhead.
Camping and Lodging
Camping on this trail is not recommended but there are plenty of camping locations near-by.
Basecamp @ 37.124522, -119.174052 includes fire rings, picnic tables and vault toilets. Basecamp is opened 04/15-12/15 of each year.
Dispersed camping is available just about anywhere along Rock Creek Road, including an area just outside the Bald Mountain trailhead on the other side of Rock Creek Road.
More improved camping can be found at the Dinkey Creek Campground @ 37.068126, -119.156926.
The nearest hotels, including Shaver Lake Village Hotel, are about a half hour away, in the town of Shaver Lake.
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Offroaded on 12-27-2017
Low Temperature: 20° F
High Temperature: 50° F
Took the Colorado ZR2 to Bald Mountain and found a little snow in some areas, but nothing deep enough to make a difference yet.
Offroaded on 10-07-2017
Camping GPS Coordinates:
37° 7' 26.54"N
119° 10' 26.74"W
Another great time on this trail. We went for all the hard options this time; V Rock, Big Snot and Posi Hill.
Offroaded on 11-12-2016
Camping GPS Coordinates:
37° 4' 49.15"N
119° 11' 49.57"W
It was cold, but no snow. This trail is great! The top of Bald mountain has some incredible views and there are plenty of side trails to explore.