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Little Bald Hills Trail #1E03

Intermediate
 4.2 (5)

A beautiful, fun trail through old growth redwoods.


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Map Key

10.2

Miles

16.4

KM

Singletrack

1,946' 593 m

High

121' 37 m

Low

1,777' 542 m

Up

2,138' 652 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

A fun, varied trail in Jedidiah Smith State Park. Starts in lush, old growth Redwood forest. As you climb, the trail goes from mostly buff, loamy dirt to red clay with some exposed roots and rocks.

There is a section a little less than a mile long where, for some reason, the forest service covered the trail with pea gravel. It's mostly packed, but can get a little loose in areas, especially in the few switchbacks, all of which are rideable.

Near the top, the trees thin out, the trail turns to mostly crushed serpentine rock, and there are some views of the Smith River valley. You can either turn around and head back down or continue on to the Paradise Trail. If you head back down the way you came, be mindful of hikers and equestrians, both of which are regulars on this trail. The downhill is super fast, flowy, and lots of fun.

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aaron livingston

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  4.2 from 5 votes

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Redwood forest.
Jul 19, 2016 near Bertsch…, CA
Bald hills.
Jul 19, 2016 near Bertsch…, CA

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Jul 22, 2019
Brittany Maitland
butt kicker 6mi — 2h 30m
Jul 28, 2018
Michael Sturtevant
Road to summit from howland hill road, turned back and descended. Spooked a Rattlesnake on the ridge. Pretty fun downhill 10mi
Jul 1, 2018
Luke Peterson
Started on North side, did an out and back. The last 3-4 miles on way back to car was super fast and fun, definitely worth it! 18.4mi
Jun 10, 2018
Britt Grell
Aug 22, 2017
KEV MAC
Jul 21, 2017
Missie Wikler
Jun 20, 2017
Ash Shepherd
Did Rock Creek variation. Saw a black bear 21mi
Apr 27, 2017
KEV MAC