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hiking
9 days ago

Second hike of the new year. This was the first time on this trail. The elevation changes were good and some really pretty views. The trail was muddier than I had anticipated. I had also brought a bag to carry litter out, and it was surprisingly clean! Nice hike and I can't wait to do it again when the trails aren't as wet.

Very nice trail, occasionally eagles hunt creek

mountain biking
1 month ago

I love this trail mostly for biking but I’ve hiked a portion of it. Very wide and beautiful, clean and long!

Great trail close to Indy. Good elevation changes for those looking for a challenge. There are many established campsites in the backcountry area. Great trail for a first backpacking overnight. Love this trail.

Pretty easy trail to get done in a day. I did it in under five hours. The trail was pretty wet and soggy but it was still a good hike. I would definitely recommend this trail for a good day hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views

on Low Gap Trail

2 months ago

The Low Gap is a great trail for quick overnight backpacking trips. While the trail isn’t overly difficult there are some elevation changes that will get your heart rate up. Also, some creek bed hiking (beware of slick smooth rocks). The scenery in the forest is nice, particularly in the fall. I’ve been here several times and have not seen the sort of litter you see at campsites on other trails, which is nice. There are several established campsites in the backcountry area. Look near Gourley and Shipman ridge for some really good spots. There is one thing about the trail that to me really makes it more of a 3.5 star, the infamous overly long gravel road portion of the trail. The large pieces of sharp gravel can hurt your feet even in decent boots. Even with the gravel this is a worthwhile trail and worth repeat visits.

Absolutely beautiful hike. Make sure you are prepared for the inclines/declines if you are planning on doing the full trail. It does get crowded by the lake views, and the rocks, especially the purple ones, are incredibly slippery, so prepare for that. Otherwise, absolutely beautiful trail with beautiful views with various landscapes.

Absolutely beautiful trail. It can get very busy in terms of other people in the area around the lake. There are two parking lots near it and many of them are just looping it. Be careful of the purple tinted rocks are there are pretty slick. The trail leading towards the lake is intimate and has great views that rival the lake section but without the traffic. Once you head away from the lake it’s much more solitary.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice well maintained trail. Dog friendly. 2 way traffic (several bicyclists). Beautiful in the fall! Indoor bathroom near parking lot.

backpacking
2 months ago

The trail was much better than expected from the reviews here. I enjoyed the outing. I walked it straight through, so I didn’t camp, but the sites looked much nicer than I had envisioned. It was nice to not have to dodge the muck left by horses on so many of the other trails at Salamonie. My watch tracked the distance at 11.65 miles. I’ll be back.

hiking
2 months ago

well groomed, beautiful color tour trail... ready for the challenge?! walk the whole thing morning to evening!... 34 miles of beauty.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice enough trail. When it goes to a seasonal road it is very easy to loose the trail. Lots of trail signs that make it kid of confusing.

3 months ago

Completed the loop on October 13. Trail is a nice endurance hike, as we are preparing for Bright Angel in Grand Canyon. Not a lot of stunning scenery, and a lot of gravel road. Trail is poorly marked, so pay attention!

walking
3 months ago

Scenic. Great for hiking on foot, dogs on leashes and especially for bikers.

hiking
3 months ago

The fire road is lengthy and the less pleasant of the trail but the rest of it is nice. If you like trail running it’s not bad. Still have to keep your eyes open for roots and such. It’s reasonably close to get to from Indy and in general a nice hike. This time of fall with the sudden warmer temps bring a ton of gnats and mosquitoes so be prepared (end of September).

backpacking
3 months ago

I hiked to campsite #4 during mid to late summer on this trail.

The first few miles are pretty boring, as said here elsewhere, but then you get into some trees and eventually near the lake.

When I was there, there was an infestation of spiders in the forest. I'm not joking when I say I walked through hundreds of webs and spiky butt spiders in the couple of miles of forest. They weave particularly strong webs so it is pretty annoying. Not sure if it was the time of year or what, but it's worth noting.

3 months ago

Great trail. Maintained very well.

3 months ago

Good workout on these trails. Even my dog enjoys hiking. Bring water.

I went on 9/19/18 from 1:20pm-5:30pm. Gnats started to annoy the hell out of me around 1/5 of the trailer and they literally made it horrible for me and I really just wanted to get the hell out of there. Other than the gnats and the cobwebs and spiders I ate and displaced which was about 100 of them it was pretty cool. Saw some chipmunks and some squirrels, and also some frogs. Oh and I saw one guy with a HUGE German Shepherd. Lol thank god he was friendly

Beautiful spots along the lake.

A nice trail with turn offs to the shore. I was disappointed because per the ratings it was supposed to be “difficult” and it very flat and easy. Does not have the elevations stated

I wish the trail was better labeled. However, the trail itself is beautiful and serene. Awesome for dispersed camping and it's nice that you can choose between hiking deep in the woods or closer to the lake!

walking
4 months ago

I love this trail! Great for daily/weekly exercise and many peaceful views along the way through Stevens Point and Plover. Many small trails off of it to explore. The Schmeeckle Reserve section is fun for kids to explore as well. Always see deer and they love how tall the cattails are.

backpacking
4 months ago

Enjoyed the trail as this was my first time backpacking.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Great enduro. All climbs are very doable. No steep up and down. But lots of turns. I really enjoyed my afternoon.

hiking
4 months ago

Stay with the southern sections if you want less traffic. The entrance in Minocqua can be quite busy during summer.

backpacking
4 months ago

One of the best places to backpack in Indiana. Some of the sites have great scenery of the lake. The only access to water is from campsite 6 so make sure that is something you bring

4 months ago

Got a little lost on an unfinished trail, but in a good way. Great because you can walk 2 miles or 20 miles.

5 months ago

We love to trail run here.

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