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Best trails in Bull Creek State Wilderness

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Explore the most popular trails in Bull Creek State Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Bull Creek Flats Trail
Bull Creek State Wilderness
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
The full loop can only be hiked in the summer and fall. The Bull Creek loop consists of two trails: the Bull Creek Flats Trail on the south side of the creek and the Big Tree Trail on the north. At the western end, the two are joined by an automobile bridge, but at their eastern end is only a seasonal footbridge that's normally installed between mid-May (but sometimes not until the end of July) and late September. At other times the creek may still be only a few inches deep and easily forded. When the footbridge is out and the creek becomes a raging torrent, the best alternative to the full loop hike is an out-and-back on the Bull Creek Flats Trail, which is the better of the two trails.Show more
#2 - Johnson Camp Trail
Bull Creek State Wilderness
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 5 h 15 m
Trail through old growth Redwoods leading to Johnson Trail Camp Winner of the 2005 Annual Achievement award & funded through the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration. $234,922 went into creating this trail for our enjoyment: thee years' work yielded five miles of new trail on moderate grade, available both to hikers & equestrians. In other words: it's worth it. Construction was done almost entirely with materials found ON the trail. You won't find rebar reinforcement here; it's all redwood. The destination is a trail camp where you can pitch a tent and stay, or rest a while. Be sure to bring water or a filter, as the water is untreated. A chemical toilet is available, but you need your own TP. Camp is an old "tie hacker" camp, a base of operations for the men who manually cut railroad ties out of trees. From here you can meet up to the Grasshopper MUT for another 2 miles to reach the Grasshopper Lookout. Heading back down Grasshopper would make it a loop.Show more