Unincorporated Outdoor Adventurer Biking Hiking Trails

Explore Big Bald Rock

Big Bald Rock is a gran­ite batholith that is a promi­nent fix­ture along the sky­line of cer­tain parts of Lake Oroville, and is a beau­ti­ful vista point on a clear day. Because it’s a fair­ly large area, Bald Rock is a per­fect place for hik­ing and back­pack­ing! Enjoy Oroville’s Half Dome with­out the crowds”! 

Enjoy spec­tac­u­lar views over­look­ing Oroville Lake and the Sacra­men­to Val­ley. Chil­dren of all ages will have fun search­ing for the snail­rock” or sit­ting inside the shel­ter, com­plete with a stove. If you are a night owl, come sit in the light of the full moon, count the stars in the wane of the moon, or cap­ture some spec­tac­u­lar astrophotography.

While you’re explor­ing, be aware of snakes and oth­er crit­ters such as mos­qui­toes. There are a lot of places to fall, so watch your step.

Make sure to review hik­ing best prac­tices and trail eti­quette and fol­low Leave No Trace prin­ci­ples as you explore.

Bald Rock Dome

The near­by (and often con­fused with) Bald Rock Dome hov­ers over the Wild and Scenic Mid­dle Fork of the Feath­er Riv­er, and is par­tic­u­lar­ly vis­i­ble from Feath­er Falls. 

Explore Big Bald Rock


There is a restroom facil­i­ty at the trailhead.


To find Bald Rock, go to Oroville and get onto the Olive High­way, east-bound. It’ll then turn into the Oro-Quin­cy High­way 162. It’ll take you over a rel­a­tive­ly large bridge and a small­er one some miles after.

Con­tin­ue onward until you hit Bald Rock Road on the right. Be care­ful though, you’ll find it after dri­ving through a curve, so it’s easy to zoom by.

There will be a small clear­ing right next to it. Take a right onto that road and con­tin­ue. There will be a turn-off on the left even­tu­al­ly — there should be a sign indi­cat­ing Bald Rock. Park there and then explore!