Northwest, Bunyan Hill and East Bee Branch Canyon Loop

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Sipsey Wilderness

Northwest, Bunyan Hill and East Bee Branch Canyon Loop is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mount Hope, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length7.7 miElevation gain980 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeOver grown
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First half is not a regular trail, steep bluffs and Boulder scrambling, sections of steep areas on narrow slippery trail that is difficult to follow. Not for inexperienced solo hikers.

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Ben Walker
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Hiking

Like I had noted in the past, the hike in can treacherous at some parts at the beginning decent, didn’t see any bears which was a letdown. Got to big tree in about an hour thirty in. It’s still there and is still big. Northern part of the loop has a ton of carnage so bring your chainsaw. Saw some bear dropping towards the end. Overall a great hike if you want to make people you are hiking with tired by the end.

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Allan Pennington
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First half should be rated difficult, shouldn’t be a solo trip without plenty of wilderness experience. Large boulders to scramble or navigate, sketchy trails and trails up slick bluffs with unclear cutbacks. Second half easy.

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Charlie Hicks
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HikingBlowdownBugsOver grown

No markers on the trail, so at several points it was hard to tell where the trail was. Also several small offshoot trails made it easy to make a wrong turn. In addition to the trail being terribly overgrown we nearly stepped onto a cottonmouth while following the trail on a ridge line. Wouldn’t recommend unless you’re in the mood for a very overgrown trail and have a GPS

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Tyler Gresham
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Hiking

We thoroughly enjoyed this trail. The hike to the Big Tree is a lot of fun and incredibly scenic. Once you get to the Big Tree we had some issues finding the trail from there but figured out that you have to go back up the trail we had just come down a little ways and then hike up the ridge to get above Bee Branch Falls. It’s a little confusing even with the GPS. The last half of this hike is super easy, very flat, and no water sources until you get back to the trailhead. We did run across a lot of wild blackberries that made for a good snack!

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Mitch C.
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HikingBlowdownOver grownRocky

So there are many negative reviews of this trail. I get that. Its hard to follow in places and does require a bit of route finding to climb out of the canyon at Big Tree. That being said, if you have done your homework and are prepared for a bit of a navigation challenge, this is really an excellent experience with some great waterfalls and rock formations.

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Nanette Cole
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First to Review

The trail was pretty easy, but after the "largest tree in AL" the trail disappeared. Gone. Nada. Be sure to download the trail before setting out.

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Robin Carney
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Silver Eagle
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Brandon McNeal
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Brett Leslie
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Chadwick Wilemon
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Kurt McDonald
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John Schutes
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Daniel Bales
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