Big Baldy

Fresno, California

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Several granite domes rise above the forested terrain on the west side of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, offering inspirational views to those who can gain their summits. At 8,209 feet, Big Baldy is one such dome, offering hikers a 360-degree view east toward the Sierra and west across the San Joaquin Valley as the reward for a mere 2.2-mile trip to the summit. Bring along plenty of water because none is available at the trailhead or along the trail. From the vicinity of a wood trail sign on the west side of the highway, follow singletrack trail through a sparse fir forest, soon crossing the boundary into Kings Canyon National Park and following near the crest of an undulating, south-trending ridge. From the top of a granite outcrop, about a half mile from the trailhead, the trees part enough to allow a fine view down into neighboring Redwood Canyon.

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"Several granite domes rise above the forested terrain on the west side of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, offering inspirational views to those who can gain their summits. At 8,209 feet, Big Baldy is one such dome, offering hikers a 360-degree view east toward the Sierra and west across the San Joaquin Valley as the reward for a mere 2.2-mile trip to the summit. Bring along plenty of water because none is available at the trailhead or along the trail.

From the vicinity of a wood trail sign on the west side of the highway, follow singletrack trail through a sparse fir forest, soon crossing the boundary into Kings Canyon National Park and following near the crest of an undulating, south-trending ridge. From the top of a granite outcrop, about a half mile from the trailhead, the trees part enough to allow a fine view down into neighboring Redwood Canyon."

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Fresno
Distance: 4.4
Elevation Gain: 975 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Sequoia National Park

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Jun 2018