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Bald Mountain Trail

Intermediate
 5.0 (2)

Out of 5 stars, the trail is a 2. The summit is an 11.


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Map Key

2.4

Miles

3.8

KM

74%

Runnable

2,724' 830 m

High

1,352' 412 m

Low

1,374' 419 m

Up

2' 1 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

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Runner Notes

Though quite steep, the surface is perfectly smooth and runnable the whole way - it's just a question of lung capacity!

Description

You don't do this trail for run itself, you come for the views!

This a paved/dirt road (used to service communication towers), so it's not a very nice trail, but the scenery is just spectacular. It just grinds up and up from the beginning to end; not terribly steep, but without many rests. Near the top, the road turns left to a communication tower at Red Mountain. It's not worth the side trip, so take a right on dirt road for the final bit that curves around to the summit of Bald Mountain at 2,729'.

The summit is certainly one of the best in the bay area: perfect 360 degree views in all directions. Vineyards, Napa & Sonoma valleys, Berkeley, Oakland, Mt Tamalpais, the SF bay, and even snowy Sierras on a clear day (130 miles)!

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Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  5.0 from 2 votes

#1257

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  5.0 from 2 votes
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Trail Rankings

#151

in California

#1,257

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Photos

Sunset from Bald Mountain
Dec 26, 2014 near Kenwood, CA
Looking towards SF bay from the top of Bald Mountain
Dec 26, 2014 near Kenwood, CA
Ridgetop spring growth April 2018 (after October 2017 fires)
Apr 25, 2018 near Kenwood, CA
Bald Mountain Trail - not a nice singletrack, but amazing views.
Dec 26, 2014 near Kenwood, CA
Common manzanita Arctostaphylos manzanita
Dec 26, 2014 near Kenwood, CA
Ferny grotto at the beginning of the Vista Trail
Dec 30, 2014 near Kenwood, CA

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