The BFT is a neat little trail. I wouldn’t say it completely knocked my socks off and blew me away like say the Hayduke or Great Divide Trail did, but I really enjoyed the BFT. For a trail that is mostly forested it kept me interested with its big trees, lots of diversity and lots of thinking about where I was going.
It’s a fairly difficult trail. Not difficult in a bad way, but challenging. There’s no one specific thing that makes it terribly hard, but a combination of things that make it challenging. There’s (almost) no insane bushwhacking or trail so bad you can barely move. The following things come to mind as challenging when a couple or several are combined: When on trail it is many times in poor shape and rarely if ever maintained by anyone. Occasionally a chainsaw crew may come out, but most trail tread is in bad shape and overgrown and vague and narrow. At these times navigation can be a bit challenging. The trail had a surprising amount of elevation change. There were a fair number of climbs from 2,000′ to way up. Weather can be a concern in the form of hot, hot days depending on where you hike. The long road section across Hayfork can be demoralizing. So nothing insane, but it ain’t no PCT.