26E219 - Bald Mountain

Shaver Lake, California (Fresno) Technical Rating: 3-8

Last Updated: 10-07-2017

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Status: Open
Difficulty: Easy-Difficult
Length: 4.4 Miles
Category: Altitude, Forest, Overland, Rock, Sand, Snow Wheeling
Highest Elevation: 7,851 '
Duration: about 4 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Go: West
Connecting Trails:
25E213 - Tower25E2090 -Bend26E330 - Powder Hill26E211 - Plain
Nearest Town:
Shaver Lake
Nearest Town w/ Service:
Shaver Lake
Nearby Trails:
Dusy-Ershim Trail26E213 - Coyote Lake Trail 26E212 - Red Lake Trail 26E216 - Mirror Lake Trail Brewer Lake Trail 8S42 to Sand Flats8S10 - Red Lake RoadSwamp Lake Strawberry Lake Trail25E318 - Deadman’s Curve25E208 - Bow Tie
Forest Service Road: # 26E219
Forest Service / Park District:
Sierra National Forest / High Sierra Ranger District

26E219 - Bald Mountain Highlights

Highlights: 26E219 - Bald Mountain - Shaver Lake, California

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

From Fresno:

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.

 

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:

37° 6' 4.22"N
119° 10' 11.03"W

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Route Description

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.

Forest Service Trail Status

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: Blad Mountain Trailhead (0.0mi)

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The trailhead is on the west side of Rock Creek Road.

2: 26E330 - Powder Hill Intersection (Turn Left) (0.3mi)

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Turn left / south here to stay on Bald Mountain. Straight is 26E330 - Powder Hill.

3: Optional Steep Rock (0.5mi)

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Continue straight or turn up this optional steep rock obstacle.

4: Open Area (0.7mi)

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Continue straight or take a break at this open area before heading up Slab Hill.

5: Slab Hill (0.8mi)

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Continue up Slab Hill. There is no bypass for section, so pick your line and make your way up this rocky grade.

6: Rocky Up (1.0mi)

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Continue up this Rocky Hill. Again, there are no bypasses here, so you will have make your way over these rocks.

7: Ledge (1.1mi)

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Continue up and over the Ledge. Again, there are no bypasses here.

8: Hollywood Hill Intersection (1.3mi)

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Turn left to follow this track to V Rock and Hollywood Hill.

9: V Rock (1.4mi)

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Continue up and over this monster or bypass it to the side.

10: Hollywood Hill (1.5mi)

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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)

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Continue straight or stop to checkout the views. This is another scenic waypoint.

12: 26E330 - Powder Hill Intersection (west) (2.1mi)

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Continue straight. To the north is the west end of 26E330 - Powder Hill.

13: Dirt Alley (2.7mi)

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Continue straight, through Dirt Alley, where the trees and surrounding hills enclose on the trail.

14: Dirt Alley Hill (2.8mi)

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Continue up and over Dirt Alley Hill.

15: 26E211 Plain Intersection (3.0mi)

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Continue straight. 26E211 - Plain is on the right / east.

16: Big Shot (3.1mi)

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Turn sharp left to head up Big Shot; 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)

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Continue straight around Bear Rock. This is another great spot to stop and enjoy the views.

18: Posi Hill (3.9mi)

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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.

19: Final Climb (4.1mi)

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Continue straight, up this final climb to the Bald Mountain Peak.

20: Intersection with Northern Trails ( Keep Left ) (4.3mi)

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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)

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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 & Lodging: 26E219 - Bald Mountain - Shaver Lake, California

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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G. Martin

This wheeler is a California native. Born and raised in northern California and now living and wheeling in southern California. He enjoys exploring new trails and...

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Trip Reports

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G. Martin
Official Crew

Offroaded on 10-07-2017

Status: Open

Conditions: Dry

Camping GPS Coordinates:
37° 7' 26.54"N
119° 10' 26.74"W

Trip Report: 26E219 - Bald Mountain - Shaver Lake, California Trip Report: 26E219 - Bald Mountain - Shaver Lake, California Trip Report: 26E219 - Bald Mountain - Shaver Lake, California

Another great time on this trail. We went for all the hard options this time; V Rock, Big Shot and Posi Hill.

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G. Martin
Official Crew

Offroaded on 11-12-2016

Status: Open

Conditions: Dry

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.

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