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Little Bald Hills Trail

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Moderate: climb to 2,000 ft. Rock Creek trailhead: 560 ft State Park trailhead: 100 ft. Trail starts out wide/flat and then starts to climb into the old growth of the Redwood trees. As you continue up to the summit it climbs into a narrow-rocky single track. You come across several small creeks which you will cross on your way up to a large meadow.You can terminate @ the meadow that came from the North half which is in the Jedediah Smith State Park.( Turn around and go back down}. Or you can turn Left from the Meadow and continue on the South half {5.1}in the Smith River NRA which will bring you down to the South Fork Rd access trailhead terminating your bike ride at Rock Creek.
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Latitude
41.78715302857287
Longitude
-124.07044887542725
Trail Directions
Trailhead Access: Travel west 7.2 miles on Hwy 199 to junction with south Fork Rd. Turn left on south Fork Rd; continue on south Fork Rd another 7.9 miles to the Rock Creek Bridge. Turn right onto Forest road 16N23; continue 0.9 miles (very rough road). Road loops; trail begins at creek. SHUTTLE: FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS TO SOUTH FORK ROAD; AFTER CROSSING SECOND BRIDGE TURN RIGHT ON HOWLAND HILL ROAD. TRAVEL ANOTHER 2 MILES TO PARKING AREA. [JEDEDIAH SMITH TRAILHEAD]
Trail Length
4.5 miles+5.1 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Hiouchi
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 13, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Captain Cobb ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Ahhh the litte bald hills trial!! This was my trail of choice when I was a teenager, being brought up in rock creek that was always where I'd start from. Only once did I ride it from the other end. I recomend starting up paradise trail about 6.5 miles up south fork road on the right. Climb up that and than ride to stout grove it's a much better way to go! Enjoy! I know I did!

Recommended Route:
Rock creek to stout grove

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Coastal trail



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Review Date
November 17, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Jude Stromberg , from Arcata, CA

Summary:
The trail start out as a wide graveled path...kinnd of a drag to ride but it soon turns to sweet singletrack. The climb continues for about 2 miles, then continues along the ridgeline. Along the way is a backcountry campsite that makes a great stopping place. The downhill is an old mining road that is slowly turning into singletrack. In the spring there are numerous spring crossings. The wildflowers and views of the Siskiyous are incredible. The downhill is not steep, but it is down none-the-less and is some of the best riding on the North Coast. At the bottom you must cross a stream that can be deep. I usually avoid it until at least June. A cold, refreshing swimming hole just upstream from the crossing cools you down. I like to ride the South Fork road back. The headwinds are strong, but there is a 40+ mph downhill section and incredible views of the Smith River. Immediately across from the starting point parking lot is another ride-Craig's Creek Trail. This is a 3.5 mile out and back ride, but is my favorite trail ever. It is fairly technical and has lots of steep climbs and decents, but the extreme exposure is what makes it fun. The trail is literally cut into the side of the STEEP mountainside. In all, both rides equal about 26 miles, give or take and require 2-3 hours of actual ride time is you are pushing it.

Recommended Route:
About a quarter of a mail off of 199 on south fork road there is a river access parking lot that provides a great base for starting out. Follow south fork road to Howland Hill road until you get to the trailhead.



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Review Date
August 25, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Randy , from Walnut Creek, CA

Summary:
Great ocean view from the summit (when the permafog lifts). Overall a great adventure for an area that doesn't have much advertised legal single track. If the 26+ mile version is a bit long, do the ride one way or as the original post and come back on South Fork Road

Recommended Route:
We camped at Jeddidiah State Park for the weekend, and started from the campground. We rode to the South Fork Bridge off of 199, but headed went right at the intersection and headed west down the paved then dirt road through the park. Started at a trail head for Little Bald Hills trail and started climbing in earnest!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ossagon Trail



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Review Date
August 15, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mark , from wisconsin

Summary:
climbing in redwoods is something every body should do.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
elk camp ridge trail,french hill( down hill)



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