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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

Point to Point

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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Description

You don't do this trail for hike 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

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  5.0 from 2 votes

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  5.0 from 2 votes
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Trail Rankings

#148

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#1,243

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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
Looking towards Mount Saint Helena from Bald Mountain
Dec 26, 2014 near Kenwood, CA
Hiking down the paved section of Bald Mountain Trail
Mar 30, 2015 near Kenwood, CA
Common manzanita Arctostaphylos manzanita
Dec 26, 2014 near Kenwood, CA

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Jan 3, 2020
Rachel Pierstorff
5.5mi
Sep 28, 2019
Margo V
Jun 5, 2017
Jessica Ray
The view is fantastic. I was in Napa with a few friends and we wanted to burn some calories and take pictures after a day or wine tasting. Recommend! 5.1mi