Little Bald Mountain Trail

Area Status: Open

The Little Bald Mountain trail is a 3.39 mile long loop. It begins near the Robinson Flat Guard Station. You can access the Duncan Peak fire lookout from the trail.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Difficulty Level:  Moderate Use level:  Moderate 
Information Center: For information, follow this link to a brochure on the trails. 

General Information


Trailhead Access: From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 28 miles on Foresthill Road to Robinson Flat Campground. Park in the day use area and follow the signs to the trailhead (to the right of the historic guard station and between the equestrian campground and the meadow). 

General Notes:

Trail description: The Little Bald Mountain trail begins near the historic Robinson Flat Guard Station. There is a day use area and an equestrian campground to stage from.  The trail starts a moderate incline for the first mile and levels out at the top of Little Bald Mountain. At the top there are spectacular views of Red Star Ridge, Duncan Canyon and French Meadows Reservoir. From there you may choose to make a short side trip to Duncan Peak Lookout, which is staffed during the summer months. The trail continues to switchback down to Little Robinson’s Valley, where wildflowers abound for most of the summer, and eventually intersects with the Western States Trail and brings you back to Robinson Flat at the family campground.

Elevation: 6700 to 7060 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Topo Map: Duncan Peak


NOTE: Water is often not available along the route.  Only water from developed systems at recreation sites is maintained safe to drink.  Open water sources are easily contaminated by human or animal waste.  Water from springs, lakes, ponds, and streams should be properly treated before drinking.  You should carry water with you.  One method of treatment is to use a backpacker’s water filter.  However, the best way is to bring to water to a full boil for 5 minutes. 


Day Hiking

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  Area/Length : 
3.39 mile loop

  Elevation : 
6,700 feet - 7,060 feet