Hike to the Summit of Big Baldy, Kings Canyon National Park

Big Baldy Trailhead, Tulare County, California, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    650 Feet

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Hike the easy to follow trail to the Summit of Big Baldy (8,209ft) for epic views of the surrounding area.

This short and easy trail to the summit of Big Baldy in Kings Canyon National Park is not to be missed if you are in the area.

The trail winds through forest and boulders as it climbs the north shoulder of Big Baldy. When you think you have reached the end, and you see people sitting down with their lunch, KEEP GOING! The trail continues beyond this popular break spot a little farther before it breaks out into a full-on, granite, ridge walk to the airy summit.

Some of the grandest displays of the Sierra Nevada Range dominate the skyline.

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  • Be prepared for activity at high altitude: Slow down, drink water.
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Hiked up there in mid-May. There was still snow on the ground and had to wear winter boots, a puffy and a beanie. A lot of low cloud cover made it hard to see the trail and had to turn back a little early because of the weather. I still loved the hike though. From what I could see, amazing views! I was the only one in the trail the whole time so the solitude was nice. Saw plenty of wildlife, including a few marmots!

9 months ago
9 months ago

I spent 4 days in Kings Canyon and 4 in Yosemite, of all the hikes we did this was honestly one of my favorite. The view is breathtaking and just walking through the trail lined with Redwoods is worth the hike alone. Don't forget a beer for the summit ;)

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Tobin Akehurst Explorer

I am from the Pacific Northwest, where the mountains meet the sea. When I eschew the trappings of the modern world and venture into the mountains I feel as though I am revived by simplicity, renewed by the power of violent geography.

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