|Typically Open:||06/01/2018 - 03/31/2019|
(EASY - DIFFICULT)
|Highest Elevation:||7851 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour 40 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||West|
|Nearest Town:||Shaver Lake|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Shaver Lake|
|Official Road Name:||26E219|
|Management Agency:||Sierra National Forest|
|District:||High Sierra Ranger District|
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.
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.Read more about our rating system
The trailhead is on the west side of Rock Creek Road. The gate here is known as the "lower green gate".
Turn left / south here to stay on Bald Mountain. Straight is 26E330 - Powder Hill.
Continue straight or turn up this optional steep rock obstacle.
Continue straight or take a break at this open area before heading up Slab Hill.
Continue up Little Snot. There is no bypass for section, so pick your line and make your way up this rocky grade.
Continue up this Rocky Hill. Again, there are no bypasses here, so you will have make your way over these rocks.
Continue up and over the Ledge. Again, there are no bypasses here.
Turn left to follow this track to V Rock and Hollywood Hill.
Continue up and over this monster or bypass it to the side.
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.
Continue straight or stop to checkout the views. This is another scenic waypoint.
Continue straight. To the north is the west end of 26E330 - Powder Hill.
Continue straight, through Sand Flats, where the trees and surrounding hills enclose on the trail.
Continue up and over Sand Flat Hill.
Continue straight. 26E211 - Plain is on the right / east.
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.
Continue straight around Bear Rock. This is another great spot to stop and enjoy the views.
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.
Continue straight, up this final climb to the Bald Mountain Peak.
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.
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.
Trailhead Coordinates: 37.101173, -119.169731
Starting Point: Fresno, California