224 - Bunyan Hill Horse and Wagon Trail
Easy - Moderate.
Although this trail is mainly traversed to connect with other trails,
some interesting scenery pops up now and then, especially at the southern end.
Horseback riding and horse-drawn wagons are permitted, though it would be a bit
of a squeeze for a wagon. The walking is easy though some complain about the
initial uphill grade when hiking north from the trailhead.
Access the southern end by crossing the bridge at the
Borden Trailhead. (Please
do not park blocking the gate at the bridge.) The trail climbs steadily for
about the first half mile, Braziel Creek disappearing from view down below.
After about the first mile and a half, the path levels out and even has some
long straight stretches. Some hikers find the northern half of this trail a bit
monotonous. But hikers tend to relish obstacles while horses and wagons
generally do not. And if the winter scenery can sometimes be a little bleak,
there are people who think wilderness is supposed to be desolate. This website
admits a bias in favor of waterfalls and beautiful rocks but, hey,
something for everyone.
About four miles from the south end, you encounter the northern terminus of trail
204 - Bee Ridge. The Bunyan Hill trail continues for
almost another mile, ending at trail 208 - Northwest.
Although the terrain is generally flat enough for camping, you would need to
carry in all your water. The campsites adjacent to the Borden Trailhead are
a better option.
The trail is mainly used for day hikes to the Big Tree, horseback riding, and
as a component of longer loop hikes. For example, from Borden Trailhead down
West Borden (or 200), west on 209 to 204 (or East Bee Branch), north to the end
of 204, return on 224 - about 13 miles all told.