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

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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.

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  • Be prepared for activity at high altitude: Slow down, drink water.
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Rock Climbing

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

650 Feet

Features:

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Added by Tobin Akehurst

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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