Looking for a great trail in Charles C. Deam Wilderness, Indiana? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Charles C. Deam Wilderness ranging from 4.6 to 19.4 miles and from 787 to 902 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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We had the trail to ourselves after a layer of fresh snow had fallen through the night and low temperatures kept others away. Some parts of the trail were well marked, but many parts weren’t marked well plus the snow hid the trail some. We missed one of our turns which caused us to be out longer, but that wasn’t a problem for us. There is cell service out there to pull up maps. The creek was high in several areas, so we did get wet. The trail was peaceful, pretty, and challenging in a few spots. We’re eager to come back to see the trail in the summer.

Good trail I’ve hiked a couple times. Kind of disappears around the road to a bunch of brush. You’re going to want to take tower ridge road to around the cemetery, then pick up the trail there. I clocked the trail at around 15. But that’s probably because of the rerouting.

29 days ago

Great short day hike! Would love to return to backpack. Easy but satisfying. Crazy blue water, you forget you’re in Indiana for a brief moment.

Beautiful countryside makes for an enjoyable hike. The eastern side of the loop is poorly marked and maintained, which make for more adventurous hiking. Numerous stream crossings on the eastern loop add to the fun!

Backpacked here in the fall. What a great place for an overnighter. Slept right by the water and could hear fish jumping all night. Cannot wait to return.

Poorly marked and difficult to follow with numerous Creek crossings. Not sure if the rain had any part in that but we ultimately lost the trail completely and had to turn around and go out the way we came.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, nothing steep, does hug the road for a little over 3 miles but it still beats walking the road.

hiking
3 months ago

This is my favorite quick overnight backpacking trip, it's also great for younger kids. It's 5 miles from the trailhead/parking lot to the spot at the furthest reach of the peninsula. Horses do use this trail so if it's been wet be prepared for some really chopped up soupy areas.

on Peninsula Trail

3 months ago

Nice trail. We we’ve been backpacking on this trail twice, once in February and once in August and it was a good experience both times. Park at the Grubb Ridge parking area. From there it’s a fairly easy 1.5-2 hour hike to the shore. There are many ready to go campsites right on the lake. This is a popular camping area and there was quite a bit of trash left behind at some sites. On our February trip we got some rain/slush overnight and the trail gets very muddy quickly.

hiking
3 months ago

We did this hike in a cool, windy Saturday with our dog. Lots of traffic on the trail, including dogs and horses. Well-marked and maintained, and the campground at the lake looked nice and secluded. We are 56 and 48, and in very average shape, but completed this 9-10 mile hike in about 4.5 hours with nothing more than some sore feet! Recommended but get there early as both parking areas fill up fast and overflow quickly.

Nice trail. We enjoyed the time out in the woods. Quite a few other hikers. Needed to watch our step as the trail was shared with horses.

Lack of parking. We parked on gravel road with other cars and got an $80 ticket. Watch out for horse poop

hiking
4 months ago

Reached the trailhead around 10:30 on a Saturday and the lot was full. We had to park at the fire tower which added an extra 3 miles onto our hike there, and 2 on the way back because we took the road. The trail is shared with bikers and horses but we only saw horses. All were very friendly and we all shared the trails very nicely. The hike was mostly flat with a few small inclines. The trail is marked pretty well but it would be nice if there were more signs. The path was usually beat down pretty well but having never been, it’s be nice to have reassurance with signs. The turnaround point at the beach is beautiful and totally worth the hike. There are 4 campsites right along the water that I hope to stay at next time!!! The trail wasn’t too busy in October but there were a few groups and some solo hikers/backpackers. Not to secluded/not too busy. It was a great day!

surfing
4 months ago

Only gave 2 stars i’d have given it more definitely worth it but never found anywhere to surf

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice trail with water ways. rugged. last part of the trail goes along the road.

backpacking
4 months ago

Nice trail. Very busy but plenty of camp sites.Rain on the way in but trail was in good shape. We were rewarded with a beautiful sunset

backpacking
4 months ago

great overnight trip. well marked clear trail to plenty of options for campsites! Can't wait to do it again

good trail. easy to follow with some common sense. allitle more challenging with swollen creekbeds.

I try to do this trail annually with a small group. Beautiful sunsets! Firewood gathering can be a challenge, depending on site chosen.

2 hour hike each way. Down hill in, uphill out. Campsites are the nicest remote sites I’ve seen.

backpacking
7 months ago

I've hiked the trail a few time aover the years. My last trip was July 7-8 with the family. The trail is relatively easy. Both my non- hiking wife and just turned 7 year old got through it without any major complaints. The trail was busy but not crowded and there are lots of decent campsites. The trail have some very nice scenery thanks to the lake views and pine forests. That said, I would argue that the woods are always better in the fall. There were a few spots that we're muddy but, there were always walk-arounds. Most surprisingly, the trail and campsites were clean and nearly devoid of trash. I've seen the area around the lakeside campsites completely trashed before. I suspect there had been a recent clean up effort or, people have finally quit being slobs. lol

hiking
7 months ago

There is about 6 miles in of gravel road to get to trail head. The trail is used for horses and is not really very scenic until you get to the pine forest part - it improves at that point. Although we enjoyed this trail it is not one we would do again.

Good and relaxed. The lake is amazing. Bring floating gear to chill in the lake. Your shoes will take a beating from all the horse shit. It's a horse/walk trail. But had fun.... Cheers

backpacking
8 months ago

Super muddy in certain areas but there is walk-around paths to avoid it. Very beautiful. Some areas were just breathtaking. My 5 year old cane along and loved every minute of it!

backpacking
8 months ago

This was a great warm up backpacking trip for the season. The views from the peninsula are breathtaking! They made the somewhat muddy trail totally worth it!

backpacking
8 months ago

Great camping with beautiful sunsets over Lake Monroe. The swimming was great to get all the mud and dirt off. One of our only complaints were about the trail, it is heavily trafficked by horses so it was very muddy for a large portion of the hike. Our doberman loved the hike and the camping.

This hike started out fine. we went counterclockwise from the fire tower. We passed by a few campers but were the only ones on the trail on a late Sunday morning. We didn't realize that part of the trail near the end was on the gravel road we drove in on. The last mile of the path was also super overgrown and muddy like no one had hiked it for months. We probably wouldn't return, but it was a decent length and started out great.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful Trail, travels through diverse environs and ends at a beautiful lake setting. The trail is wide in most places and suitable for younger hikers, if they can handle the distance (4.5 mi). Truthfully, the best campsites are 15-30 min hike from the parking lot. We'll most likely do that next time and day-hike to the lake. It can and did get muddy after the rain as the horses dig up the trail pretty good. You should be prepared for possible muddy conditions. (now the bad part) My wife and I went on Memorial Day weekend. There was moderate traffic during the day and we arrived to the lake in the late afternoon. By that time the lake was hopping and packed like a Lake Havasu Spring Break. What I didn't know is that the boaters come over in the morning and take all the established (read: good) campsites and then go out boating all day. By the time hikers get there all that is left is primitive or non-established sites. Campsite rules pretty much go out the window and everyone was putting up a tent wherever there was an open spot.

8 months ago

Went in the thick of tick season, right after it rained. This was otherwise a pretty hike, but between the mud, overgrown parts that weren't well maintained, constant spiderwebs, and bugs (including the ticks), was ready to be done early. The trail was also hard to follow at some points, which reminds me that the Alltrails trailhead is different from the trailhead located by Google Maps.

backpacking
8 months ago

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