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I’m looking to do a two night (three day) backpacking trip in the BSF. Which trail is my best option?
There are several options, depending on what sort of features you want your hike to encompass.
One popular option is combining Middle Creek Loop Trail with Slave Falls Loop Trail, Jakes Place and Twin Arches Loop. Start at the Middle Creek Trailhead on Divide Road. The total distance is about 14 miles. There are a lot of features packed into this little hike, including Charit Creek Hostel (where you could stay one night if you make reservations ahead of time). Middle Creek and Slave Falls are easy, the connector from Slave Falls to Charit Creek is moderate and the Twin Arches Loop is difficult.
Another option is to start at Burnt Mill Bridge and do Burnt Mill Loop, Beaver Falls and Honey Creek Loop. The total distance is about 18 miles. Burnt Mill and Beaver Falls are moderate, Honey Creek is difficult. Beaver Falls is actually the John Muir Trail connector between Burnt Mill and Honey Creek. If you wanted to add some distance to this hike, you could do the John Muir Connector from Honey Creek Loop to O&W Bridge, which would add about 6 miles round-trip.
Another is to start at Bandy Creek Campground and hike Litton Farm Loop to Fall Branch, Fall Branch to Grand Gap Loop/John Muir Trail, John Muir Trail to Laurel Creek, Laurel Creek to West Entrance, and then back to Oscar Blevins Farm Loop and Bandy Creek. The total distance is about 23 miles.
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