Bald Rock Dome

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Bald Rock Dome
Bald Rock Dome (1).jpg
Highest point
Elevation 3,509 ft (1,070 m)  NGVD 29[1]
Coordinates 39°39′16″N 121°18′39″W / 39.654331°N 121.3107966°W / 39.654331; -121.3107966Coordinates: 39°39′16″N 121°18′39″W / 39.654331°N 121.3107966°W / 39.654331; -121.3107966
Location Butte County, California, U.S.
Topo map USGS Brush Creek
Mountain type Granite batholith
Near the top of the dome

Bald Rock is a granite batholith located in Butte County, California, in the Plumas National Forest.[3] Located close to Lake Oroville, the dome peak overlooks Sacramento Valley and coastal mountain ranges.[4][5]


The area was once home to the Maidu, a tribe of indigenous people. They left the rock with many unique features, such as, metate, grinding holes used to prepare acorns and grains.[4]


A short trail leads through the woods to the rock, which includes several crevasses and peculiar rock formations. The area is used for hiking, climbing, and rappeling. Camping is allowed but not closer than 300 yards from running water. The site also includes the ruin of a small shelter made from stacked rocks.


The area is home to several animal species, including snakes, deer, mountain lion, and black bear.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bald Rock Dome". Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  2. ^ "Bald Rock Dome". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Petrologic Study of Bald Rock Batholith, near Bidwell Bar, California". Geological Society of America Bulletin. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  4. ^ a b "Bald Rock". Northern California Travel & Tourism Information Network. Archived from the original on 2009-12-14. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  5. ^ "Big Bald Rock" (PDF). USDA, Plumas National Forest. Retrieved 2009-12-06.