Little Baldy Trail

Sequoia National Park, California

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Little Baldy Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 7,351 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 881 feet. The Little Baldy Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The trail ends near Little Baldy (elevation 8,048 feet).
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Little Baldy Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 7,351 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 881 feet. The Little Baldy Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The trail ends near Little Baldy (elevation 8,048 feet).
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Sequoia National Park
Distance: 1.6
Elevation Gain: 881 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 7,351 feet
Top Elevation: 8,050 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Baldy Trail
Parks: Sequoia National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 7351/8050 ft
Elevation Start/End: 7351/7351 ft
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An excellent vista requiring less than a 4-mile hike should be enough to lure any self-respecting hiker with two to four hours to spare. The moderate climb to the top of Little Baldy follows a well-graded trail to what is arguably one of western Sequoia’s supreme views. So wide ranging is this vista that the Park Service used to maintain a fire lookout on Little Baldy.

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Little Baldy, once used as a fire lookout, is a smooth, rounded granite dome with a commanding 360-degree panoramic view. The summit is considered by many to offer the best views of any hike in Sequoia National Park. To the east and southeast are Castle Rocks, Sawtooth Peak, Silliman Crest, Mineral King and the Great Western Divide. To the northwest is Chimney Rock and Big Baldy. To the south are the many canyons and ridges along the Kaweah River Canyon.

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The summit of Little Baldy gives a spectacular view of the Silliman Crest, the Kaweah Peaks, and the lower portion of the Great Western Divide.

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An excellent vista gained by a less than 2-mile hike should tempt just about any self-respecting hiker. A moderate climb of 700-plus feet leads to arguably one of the western Sierra’s supreme views from the top of Little Baldy, a vista so expansive that the National Park Service used to maintain a fire lookout there. Reach the trailhead with plenty of water because none is readily available en route or anywhere nearby. Despite the lack of water, a few parties each year spend a night on the summit, undoubtedly drawn by the incomparable sunsets and excellent stargazing.

The absolute best time to enjoy the view from the top of Little Baldy is following a rare cleansing storm, when the rains have washed the ubiquitous haze from the skies above the San Joaquin Valley. Thankfully, the eastward view of the Great Western Divide and other notable features in the park is not as dependent on the air quality above the valley, making a snow-free hike anytime from June to mid-October a rewarding experience.

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The summit of Little Baldy gives a spectacular view of the Silliman Crest, the Kaweah Peaks, and the lower portion of the Great Western Divide.

The trail begins by climbing a few stone steps, then a short switchback that is not shown on some maps. At 0.1 mile—the end of this switchback—you may be able to discern an old, abandoned trail bed that leads back to the highway. Next, you climb a long traverse through a thick forest of tall pine and fir trees. As you near the next switchback at 0.4 mile, a view opens up to the west of Big Baldy and Chimney Rock. Many wildflowers grow here in summer, and you may even see marmots among the large boulders above the path.

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6/5/2004
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great trail with great views for very little work, the trail is well maintained. Good for kids or beginners, great 360 view of great western divide. Had lunch on top and took a nap. didn't see anyone on top.



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