FKT: Brannon Forrester - Bucks Big Loop (CA) - 2021-06-14

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Standard loop
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2h 58m 50s

What a beautiful loop!

I ran the standard loop in the clockwise direction from the suggested start, but would suggest future endeavors begin from the Mill Creek Campground.  The dirt road is somewhat passable for a 2WD drive, but is not kind on any car's suspension.

I ran unsupported and carried 2 handrunners for water.

The Mill Creek trail is very open and runnable, with the first section's uphills being very gradual.  The PCT section is a little more challenging, but the Right Hand Branch trail is steeper, more technical in sections, and very thin and indistinct in sections.  Doing the loop counter-clockwise might be faster, to attack the Right Hand Branch climb while fresh, cruising through the PCT section, but then one could make a very fast pace down the open, easy-to-follow and gradual downhills of the Mill Creek Trail.

Just a thought!

Thanks to Ashly Winchester for putting up the route, and Jason Wheat for putting up a time to beat.  Just saw Nicolas's time as i am posting this!  Thank goodness i beat his time by 5 minutes so i don't have to go back right away! :-)