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|trail:||Logging road, not a loop. Appropriate for biking, hiking and horseback riding.|
|difficulty:||Easy, almost flat|
|length:||8 miles round trip or easily extended to 11 miles if desired|
This trail parallels Hare Creek for 4 miles and ends at Bunker Gulch Bridge which is an excellent spot for rest/lunch. This hike can be extended to 11 miles round trip if Road 400 is followed to the end of the trail or where it becomes too overgrown to navigate.
Take Highway 20 to Milepost 2.2 which is marked as Gravel Pit Road on the south side of the highway. Follow Gravel Pit Road, about 1000 feet or until you reach Gate 400. This is the beginning of the Hare Creek trail. (#1). There's ample parking on Gravel Pit Road. Follow this trail along the creek. The creek can be accessed approximately one mile from the beginning (#2), where there is a short trail to the right that leads down to Hare Creek. This spot is heaven for water loving dogs. Back on Road 400, continue another three miles or until you reach Banker Gulch Bridge. This is a good spot for lunch or whatever. Road 400 continues another mile and a half past the bridge to make the trail 11 miles round trip or turn around here to make it 8 miles round trip.
Hiker Kim offers "two important warnings. First, Road 400 veers off to the right (a few hundred yards before the turnoff for the creek) while Road 420 goes straight. ...Avoid inadvertently staying straight and ending up on a seemingly endless (and unfortunately garbage ridden) Road 420 since it is nowhere near as enjoyable as Road 400. Also, the bridge is GONE!"
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