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hiking
14 days 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).

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

backpacking
1 month ago

Enjoyed the trail as this was my first time backpacking.

This is a great hike with beautiful views at the top of the ridge. There are intense hills, so if you’re looking for a good workout, this is the hike. The sign says 5.6 miles, but my Fitbit recorded 7.7 miles.

been hiking our beloved k.t since 1982

Great views, not crowded!

it's sad that they had to reroute the trail but still a great local hiking trail. great overlooks of the river, some loose rocks but overall and easy trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Not as difficult as the description says it is, my wife and 3 kids did it in a bit over 2 hours and my youngest 2 are 4 yrs old. anybody can do it just put your mind to it and enjoy the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

yellow loop is now closed permanently which is a 3 mile hike, terrain isn't the best. it is meant to be for horses. red is still open but is a 6 hour hike 9 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Would not grade it as hard. More of the high end of moderate. Well marked. Dachshund friendly. Great workout. No real excess to the lake.

Not a bad trail system. An excellent trail to see scenery and get some exercise. There are enough trails here to keep you busy all day. Several facilities and bathrooms. I really enjoyed throwing on my backpack and spending a day here. I will be returning soon to explore some more.

Awesome trail with a cool reward! Maybe 2-3 miles of gravel. Up, down, repeat!

trail running
2 months ago

This loop is long enough (10+miles) to count as a serious training ground for the mountaineering expedition for which I am in training- a weeklong attempt of Mexico’s Pico de Orizaba. The Low Gap Loop features glorious single track, horse trail, scenic forest canopy, and a stretch of wide gravel service road. There are ponds, stream crossings, interesting rock overhangs and good vertical rise and gain. I do this trail several times per year, and have completed it in pouring rain, intense heat and bitter cold. There’s perhaps no place equal to Low Gap’s combination of challenge and length nearby. Definitely recommended.

not sure why this is listed as hard. My 4 and 6 year old love this trail. good scenic lookouts. nice trail for dogs. watch out for snakes occasionally, did run across a rattle snake last year. one of my favorite quick trails in the area.

Moderate well marked and not busy. , but mid July @ 94 degrees may not be the best time to try it.

a lot of down trees. a lot of ticks. other than that nice rugged trail.

backpacking
3 months ago

I’ve hiked parts of this trail more than once. There’s a backcountry camping parking lot if you plan on staying the night. Various campsites along the way, some a little too close to the parking lot in my opinion. But the rock formation is cool once you get out to it. Living in Indianapolis, this might be the “closest” difficult backcountry trail. Plan to hike again!

Was on this trail yesterday and got lost when I got to the Creek… Not very well marked on the other side. Literally spent four hours yelling for help. Luckily I remembered honeycomb rock when I saw it and was able to find the path again. One of the scariest days of my life.

It’s a decent trail with low traffic. Not hard but not a moderate run either.

Bummed. Hiked from cherry lake; followed the markers, then along the creek bed, as there was nowhere else to follow, then dead ended into private property. Followed that to a road, obviously not the trail & had to turn back. Checked with my hiking buddy to see if we missed another branch of the trail. Had not missed any other routes, marked or otherwise. Disappointing to say the least, wish these trails were marked appropriately and/or maps were available at trailhead.

hiking
3 months ago

I took my dog down on Wednesday of last week. We parked at Cherry Lake and went clockwise. The trail is poorly marked in a couple spots. At the end, we ended up at the park headquarters but were able to get back to our car. Total mileage was 10.85. I loved Bryant Creek Lake. We stopped and had a snack there & enjoyed the view. We only came across 4 people all day. Would definitely recommend.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Not too many people on a Saturday morning. Not a "hard" trail as stated, closer to a moderate.

hiking
4 months ago

Not what we expected. Very secluded at the end of a dead end road. The trail was very over grown in areas, very little scenery and some portions were in bad shape related to horses. The biggest issue we had is the area is badly invested with TICKS!. This is not a trail we will do againn. There are too many other beautiful trails. No area to sit either before or aftert the trail.

A beautiful and scenic route that offers alot of challenges if you are trail running. It will be a part of my regular routine training for knob stone trail.

hiking
4 months ago

As other reviewers have pointed out, there are only two lakes. Generally well marked, we got lost at a couple spots and ended up on service roads, but were able to get back on track pretty quickly. Bryant lake is quite wonderful!

backpacking
4 months ago

Used the trail as a short prep for a 12 day later this summer. Carried my full pack. There are some good steep inclines. Took about 1 hour 45 minutes. This trail has very clear paths until about halfway in. Then depending on whether you “loop” or backtrack, the trail gets very tight. Pretty trail and got my heart pumping.

hiking
4 months ago

A good choice for us. Good shade from the heat, good variety of up and downhills. Very pretty, but lacking in scenic lookouts since there's no large peaks around. I'm 45 in fair shape and would consider the full loop moderate. Don't let the 'hard' label worry you too much. We spotted several toads, a few turtles, a snake, and some very active fish once we reached the lake.

on Peewah Trail

4 months ago

The red and yellow trail was not as hard as I thought it would be. It does have it's hard spots but for the most part it's flat. It was a nice 6 mile hike.

Very awesome hike with neat views. I took my puppy and ended up going 6 miles for 3 hours total. Two other people had dogs and both were off leash, so that was annoying. One was well trained but the other was obnoxious and got my dog too excited. Also passed by lots of backpackers and runners. Ended up with 4 ticks at the end, so watch out.

edited to add that it definitely wasn't too hard but it was moderate.

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