Hiking in the fall? - In the end of October, the trail was fully snow covered which will slow you down somewhat. For those who may not be familiar with the Bald Hills trail, we would suggest sticking to the fire road all the way to the Bald Hills lookout under these conditions. The optional steeper trail (when snow covered), could be too slippery to be considered completely safe. We descended on the steeper, shorter hiking trail, and all of us lost our footing and a little dignity on more than one occasion, which represents an obvious risk.