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Elevation: 3,100'
Location: 39.64579, -121.3405 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Justin Johnsen on Feb 26, 2014
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Bald Rock Dome can just be seen on the far left. T...


This area is named for the summit in its midst, Big Bald Rock. Together with Bald Rock Dome, it is part of the Bald Rock areas.

This is an area of rolling granite slabs covered with boulders and some some short cliffs with enough features to do as trad leads or topropes. Problems and routes of a variety of difficulties may be had here. Some of the granite is sharp to the tune of Joshua Tree rock.

A natural year round training ground for Chico area climbers.

Getting There 

Highway 162 east from Oroville, which may be your last stop for grub. Turn right at Bald Rock Road. Turn left on to a short dirt road at a Plumas National Forest sign for Big Bald Rock Trailhead. Park in the dirt lot with an outhouse and follow the signed trail for half a mile to the rolling slabs of Bald Rock.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.6 miles from here

2 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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The rolling granite landscape.
BETA PHOTO: The rolling granite landscape.
A nice moderate trad crack on one of the taller wa...
BETA PHOTO: A nice moderate trad crack on one of the taller wa...
The nearby Bald Rock Dome.
The nearby Bald Rock Dome.
Climber on Bald Rock Dome. (Paul Bernard photo)
Climber on Bald Rock Dome. (Paul Bernard photo)

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By John Jackson
Sep 15, 2014
This area is typically referred to as "Bald Rock Picnic Area". Not to be confused with the nearby (though hard to find without specific approach directions) impressive, Bald Rock Dome area. Bald Rock Dome is comparable to the domes in Tuolumne Meadows, with the upper section of the dome featuring sustained, unbroken steep granite slab climbing up to 700+ feet*. (*Much longer routes than 700' possible if you go all the way to the bottom to start, below the standard upper dome start, and link the wall that drops into the canyon with the upper dome)
Check out the Camp 4 Press website for photos of Bald Rock Dome and to preview the guidebook (Rock Climbs of Northeast California) for that area. camp4press.com
By Justin Johnsen
From: Sacramento, CA
Sep 15, 2014
Thanks John, I added a link to the guide, and updated the page using your feedback.
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