Are you legally required to carry a bear canister in any of the jurisdictions that the trail passes through? In the Sierra, bear canisters are required by law in some areas and you are not allowed to hang your food. Is this the case along the BFT or is it okay to just bring a bear hang?
I agree! That’s what I was planning on doing. Just wanted to make sure. I imagine the Klamath Mountains to be a lot more remote and less visited than the Sierra, where you are guaranteed to come across lots of people and even the occasional Park Ranger on long trips.
A bear was in my friend’s camp at Twin Valley in the Siskiyou Wilderness last week. Luckily they hung the food and one used an Ursack. The bear appeared to have messed with the line hanging the food. I just finished the BFT section from Poker Flat to Sand Camp and bear scat and prints were numerous in the Siskyou Wilderness.
Emily and I saw four bears in two days in the Siskiyou wilderness and had a bear try to approach camp at one point. We always hung bags, but I do think that the Siskiyou bears are more bold than most! I carried bear spray for the first time in many years, and it gave me a sense of comfort, though I was mostly glad that I didn’t need to use it. If you’re hiking alone, it may be a good idea.