Big Baldy Ridge

Fresno, California 93706

Big Baldy Ridge

Big Baldy Ridge Professional Review and Guide

"This trip takes you to a striking 360-degree view of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks from the summit of Big Baldy, then on to a less-visited view of the west face of Chimney Rock.

The trail enters the forest and almost immediately meets a trail coming up from the Montecito Sequoia Lodge. (This is private property. Unless you are a lodge guest, do not enter this area.) Wind through some large boulders, chinquapin, and snowbrush beneath tall firs and pines."

More Big Baldy Ridge Professional Reviews and Guides

"Big Baldy is a bare, rocky knob with great panoramas in every direction. A forested path to the 8,209-foot summit follows a ridge with several overlooks along the east wall of Redwood Canyon. Redwood Mountain, Sugarbowl Grove and the foothills can be seen in the distance."

"A number of granite domes rise from the western mountains providing inspirational views of the Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley. The 8,909-foot-high dome of Big Baldy is no exception."

"This trip takes you to a striking 360-degree view of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks from the summit of Big Baldy. It continues on to a less-visited view of the west face of Chimney Rock. The trail enters the forest and meets a trail from the Mont"

"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."

"Big Baldy Ridge is an exhilarating hiking destination. The trail is short enough to complete in a couple of hours, and relatively unfrequented for a hike in a national park. A great spot to watch sunrises and sunsets, the trail follows a ridgeline skirting Redwood Canyon, which drops precipitously— nearly 3000 feet below—for most of the trip. The trail wanders, not quite precariously, up and over some sections that resemble a granite dome sliding into oblivion. The trail is safe, though those with an extreme fear of heights may be uncomfortable in a few spots."

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12/17/2011
I haven't been hiking in a while, so a 5 mile easy hike seemed like a good idea. Started at 35 degrees at the car, but it was easily 45+ degrees on top of the mountain. I was winded on a few sections as I haven't been working out. so I am not sure I would classify this as easy. Also the ice and snow did make for some treacherous walking in a few spots. We had our trekking poles which made this a nice way to maneuver the ice. Up and back did take 3 hours, but we enjoyed the view for quite a while. There is no beating this view. It also does not seem like many people are up here in the winter, which makes it seem like you are on top of the world, alone. I highly recommend this hike. It was a great experience and the views were fantastic. We followed this hike with a cool down by walking the General Grant trail and that was a nice afternoon in the Sequoia's. Please do this hike, you will enjoy it. No beginners are on this one.
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This is a fantastic hike for people of all levels as it includes a few moderate uphill climbs, however the majority of the trail is fairly flat and fast. The panoramic views at the top are amazing! Plan to spend some time up there watching birds, checking out the vistas and just relaxing.
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6/25/2005
Very pleasant and scenic hike, becoming more spectactular as it progresses. Several views of Big Baldy come into view as you approach; you can also see it from one of the turnouts on the road coming to the trailhead. Lots of unusual trees and one very large uproot compliment the smaller features such as wildflowers and blooming shrubs. On the hike back, a large rock near the trailhead looks like a dinosaur watching you approach!
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Trail Information

Fresno
Nearby City
5.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 to 3.5 hours
Duration
Best June through October
Season
7,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,209 feet
Top Elevation
Kings Canyon National Park
Local Contacts
USGS General Grant Grove
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018