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Bald Hills Road

Beginning Elevation: 30 Feet (9.4 Meters) HIghway 101
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain, Round Trip: 2,560 Feet (798.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 3,000 Feet (935.2 Meters) exiting Redwood National Park
Length, One-way: 20 Miles (33.33 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Fall
Usage: Moderate
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

Bald Hills Road leads southeastward from Highway 101 along the Bald Hills ridge line and ends at the Klamath River. The turn off for this road is one and a half miles north of Orick. Within three miles of Highway 101 are the access roads/trailheads for Redwood Creek Trail and Lady Bird Johnson Grove. Within these three miles the road climbs 1,300 feet on a few steep switchbacks. This 15% grade is not recommended for trailers or RVs.

Continuing past this developed area the road gradient eases as it reaches a ridge crest. Bald Hills Road follows this crest southeastward 16 more miles to exit the park. Upon ascending the crest the road winds moderately for three and a quarter miles to the Redwood Creek Overlook and picnic area. In this three miles the road gains almost 600 feet.

A short distance south of the Redwood Creek Overlook is C-Line Road. A permit and lock combination is necessary to use this road as it is gated. At the end of C-Line Road is the trailhead for the Tall Trees Trail.

Beyond C-Line Road the road continues to gain elevation steadily. It now forms the eastern border of the park. Roughly three and a quarter miles from C-Line Road, Bald Hills Road passes Elk Camp and a junction with Johnson Road, which is passable by high clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles. The road reaches 2,576 feet at this intersection, southward from which the road surface is not paved.

The road descends steadily, reaching Dolason Prairie Trailhead and Dolason Hill Prairie within a mile and a half. The elevation of the picnic area at Dolason Hill Prairie is 2,449 feet. Descending, and continuing southward, the road passes a landing strip on the right as it enters Counts Hill Prairie. Prairie land extends for the duration of the road within the park boundary. Cagle Ridge Road joins our route from the east at the southern end of Counts Hill Prairie.

You may not be able to distinguish the two, but Counts Hill Prairie ends and Childs Hill Prairie begins. This grassy area extends five and a half miles along the Bald Hills crest to the point where the road exits Redwood National Park. Approximately three miles beyond Cagle Ridge Road, Williams Ridge, and Williams Ridge Road, joins the Bald Hills Ridge, and road, from the northeast. South of this junction the road turns southwestward and skirts the western flanks of Schoolhouse Peak, 3,092 feet. The road climbs steadily at this point.

West of the peak the road turns sharply eastward and leads around the southern flanks of the peak. At this turn is the Lyons Ranch Trailhead. Park here for a short hike. Nearly a mile beyond the Lyons Ranch Trailhead, Bald Hills Road gains the crest of the ridge again and turns slightly southward. In this mile long stretch the road reaches its high point within the park, 3,050 feet.

You'll reach the park boundary after driving one mile on the Bald Hills ridge line. After exiting the park the road turns eastward to skirt the northern flanks of Coyote Peak. From this point Bald Hills Road turns northward following French Camp Ridge. At the end of the ridge is a steep series of switchbacks, which ends on Pine Creek Road on the western bank of the Klamath River.

Directions from Orick: Drive 1.5 miles northward to Bald Hills Road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Trailhead Parking Bald Hills Road - Redwood Creek Trailhead, Lady Bird Johnson Trailhead, Lyons Ranch Trailhead, Dolanson Prairie Trail
ICON Automobile Travel Bald Hills Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Bald Hills Road - various trails
ICON Wildflower Identification Bald Hills Road
ICON Mountain Biking Bald Hills Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Bald Hills Road
ICON Picnicking Bald Hills Road - Dolason Prairie Picnic Area, Redwood Creek Overlook
ICON Scenic Driving Bald Hills Road
ICON Viewing Scenery Bald Hills Road

Related Activities
Dolason Prairie Trail - This trail descends 2,119 feet, in three and three-quarter miles, from the Bald Hills Road to the Emerald Ridge Trail.

Lady Bird Johnson Trail - This trail leads one mile through the Lady Bird Johnson redwood grove.

Redwood Creek Foot Trail - This trail leads eight and a half miles south along the Redwood Creek drainage to Tall Trees Grove.

Tall Trees Trail - This trail leads to a short loop winding through the Tall Trees redwood grove. It passes the tallest tree in the world.

More Information

Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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