Bald Mountain Ohv Trail

Sierra National Forest, California

Elevation Gain313ft
Trailhead Elevation6,834ft
Elevation Min/Max6834/7134ft
Elevation Start/End6834/6834ft

Bald Mountain Ohv Trail

Bald Mountain Ohv Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Fresno County, California. It is within Sierra National Forest. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 6,834 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 313 feet. This trail connects with the following: Red Creek Road.

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Guide to Northern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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"Just a short drive from the town of Shaver Lake. High views of Shaver Lake from Bald Mountain Lookout. The trail is fun to drive and is reminiscent of slickrock trails in Moab, UT. Rocky, steep and tippy in places. Best done in a modified vehicle. However, a good driver in an aggressive, high clearance stock SUV can get through with patience, a bit of rock stacking and an experienced spotter. For those willing to take some risk of minor damage, this is a very rewarding trail. Sometimes the snow doesn’t melt in the shaded forested sections until mid June. I found deep snow in late May and barely got through with the help of my winch. Route-finding is challenging because much of the trail crosses exposed granite where tire tracks are faint. The trail is marked with closely spaced Jeep symbols, but if you miss a turn, you can easily wander off in the wrong direction. Backtrack if necessary to last Jeep symbol. Best to drive the trail with someone who’s done it before." Read more
Backcountry Adventures: Northern California (Adler Publishing )
Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
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"Bald Mountain OHV Route is a moderate trail that climbs to the fire lookout on Bald Mountain. It is a good trail for beginning off-road drivers to practice on before moving to harder trails. The route should be within the capabilities of most stock high-clearance 4WD vehicles. Navigation is difficult along the trail when it crosses over sections of bare granite; it is marked sporadically with jeep trail signs. Additional coordinates have been given in the route directions to aid navigation. The official forest service route describes a loop; however, the return portion of the loop is poorly marked. The route mapped out below is one way to the tower that has a fairly consistent level of difficulty and is marked by the official jeep route signs. You can either return the way you came or explore other marked routes in the vicinity. Special Attractions: Moderately challenging trail for high-clearance 4WD vehicles; The old Bald Mountain Fire Lookout; Variety of backcountry campsites and panoramic views from along the trail. High-clearance 4WDs are required. This trail has either a rough, rutted surface, rocks up to 9 inches, mud and deep sand that may be impassable for inexperienced drivers, or stream crossings up to 18 inches deep. Certain sections may be steep enough to cause traction problems, and you may encounter very narrow shelf roads with steep drop-offs and tight clearance between rocks or trees." Read more

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Excellent trail for the beginning 4 wheeler. Trail armor on vehicle (rock sliders, skid plates, etc.) are highly recommended to avoid body damage. I have only ran the south loop which is supposed to be easier than the north loop, which was closed when I was up there.

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Trail Information

Sierra National Forest
Nearby City
Sierra National Forest
Sierra National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Dinkey Creek, Shaver Lake
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Dec 2018