Tulare County, California

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

5 Miles Total - 650 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Tobin Akehurst

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.

Read More

Tags

Rock Climbing
Chillin
Photography
Hiking
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Big Baldy Hike In May

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!

Awesome hike in Kings Canyon

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 ;)

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

Stay Nearby

Tulare County, California

Fir Group

Tulare County, California

Cove Group

Forest Route 14S11

Big Meadow Campground

Woodlake-Three Rivers, California

Stony Creek Sequoia

Nearby Adventures

Hike the Sugar Bowl Loop in Kings Canyon NP

6.5 Miles Round Trip - 1480 ft gain

Hike the Hart Tree Loop Trail

7.4 Miles Round Trip - 1348 ft gain

Backpack to Weaver Lake, CA

7 Miles Round Trip - 1075 ft gain

Backpacking to Jennie Lake

10.8 Miles Round Trip

Tours

Win a Vacation Getaway to Santa Cruz!

Experience all Santa Cruz County has to offer this season! Enter to win a customized “Let’s Cruz” vacation getaway and choose from an array of activities to enhance your visit. 

Grand prize includes a 2-night stay at a three-bedroom condo at Pajaro Dunes Resort, a $150 “Capitola Dine & Shop Experience” gift certificate in Capitola Village, a Craftbar Experience at Annieglass Studios for four guests, four tickets to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and four tickets to Roaring Camp Railroads.

Customize your “Let’s Cruz” vacation package entry by selecting four activities below to include outdoor adventure, dining, beer and wine tasting, family fun, spa treatments, and relaxation.