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1 day ago

Very soggy a few days after a heavy snow, but beautiful nonetheless!

Cold, clear morning in January and therefore very few people around. Trails a little muddy because of heavy rain the day before. Trail becomes the creek once you get into the bottoms, and there was ankle deep water for a good stretch so wear waterproof boots if you go post-rainfall. Beautiful area with the rock formations and the clear creek running through. Ran into some Hoosier Hikers who were working on the trail. Very friendly people. One of my favorite trails in this part of Indiana.

Great trail, very challenging at times. There are a few places that are hard to navigate, particularly when you got to the road just past the cemetery. You need to go left to pick the trail back up, but your instinct will most likely tell you to go right. (Clockwise hike). .

hiking
14 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.

Nice loop off the Tecumseh trail. Most fallen trees were already cut but a few we had to climb over, not difficult at all. Pond is unexpected and the rock shelter is worth a visit.

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.

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.

backpacking
2 months ago

The Tecumseh trail is the primary through hiking trail for central and south-central Indiana hikers. There is also the Knobstobe, but it is located much farther south and less accessible for hikers that reside in the Indianapolis area. I have through hiked the Tecumseh trail several times and during all seasons. I have also hiked it north bound and south bound. Despite logging along several areas, the trail is still very worth while. Every time I spend time on the Tecumseh trail I come out as a better version of myself.

backpacking
3 months ago

Started near the Tecumseh Trail head near Low Gap. The park is finishing the trailhead parking and park office across the street. So you have to park a 1/4 mile up the road at the Fire Tower. No biggie. the tail itself is well marked. However there was a reroute around Big Bear and reconnects just north of Fox Den Shelter. This is a little difficult to navigate but doable. My dog Sasha and I made it to Fox Shelter by 5:30pm the first night and Yellowwood lake to camp by 6:30pm the second night. It rained HARD on day one making switchbacks slippery. Then it temperatures dropped from 50°s to late 30°s at night. The logging really became a little annoying. But I do understand the need to revitalize the forest. Carry your water in. Most water supplies we're dried up. Look at a 4day/3night trip. All in all it's a great hike.

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!

Easy beautiful hike ... well worth the walk to see the cool rock shelter as the entire walk is nice. The trail also passes a small pond in an unexpected place. Parts of the trail include a gravel road but even it was lovely winding through the trees.

The trail is not super well marked. When in doubt on which way to go, look for white paint blob on the trees. If it has rained prior to your walk, wear appropriate shoes as the trail gets muddy.

My phone clocked the trail around 2.7 miles total.

hiking
3 months ago

Quiet trail, nice to put your feet in the water. some colorful fungi and other plants.

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).

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
4 months ago

Enjoyed the trail as this was my first time backpacking.

hiking
5 months ago

Backpacked the full route this past weekend with friends. Loved the trail and terrain. Hats off to the volunteers who've created, maintained, blazed, etc. these trails. Fantastic job. Couple of quick tidbits to pass along, buy the official trail map - I can't imagine how much more difficult it would have been without it. Download the HHC trail guide and take it with you. It has key info regarding places where it would be easy to get lost, and upcoming water. Note that the Pine Rd. exit off 37 no longer exists so you'll have to access the SF HQ from the south (Bloomington) or the north (Martinsville). Stop for a cold drink at the Hickory Shades motel in Belmont, the only vending machine we found on the route.
90 degree days with no breeze to speak of...quite a challenge. I'd like to do it again in the full color of fall.

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

Nice little hike that is used enough to be easily followed. Recommend pants as both sides of the path have a significant amount of poison ivy. The hike took about an hour with a short stop at the rock shelter.

trail running
5 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.

backpacking
6 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!

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
7 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.

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
7 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
8 months ago

backpacked this weekend from Indian hills to low gap backcountry area. I planned to retrace my route tomorrow back to my car but the total disruption to the trail experience by the multiple timber harvests made me change my mind. instead getting a ride in the morning back to my car.
The actual trail is good and well marked but the reroutes leave you bushwacking or road walking for miles on end.
Lutheran Hills and the Foxes Den Shelter area are supposed to be closed based on signage but it wasnt on trail site so I went anyways and regretted it. It seems the lumber company used the trail and blocked it more than any other area.
Kudos to the volunteers who have cleared the trails and blazed them - great work!! I really wanted to love this trail but I was left wanting a less unstable trail. I am really disappointed in how Yellowwood Forest has been pillaged.

hiking
8 months ago

NIce hike, but the name is a lie. There are only two lakes.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail for central Indiana. The biggest negative would be the good chunk that was on a gravel road. We ran into maybe 5 other groups on the trail on a Sunday, so it's reasonably secluded. The spring vegetation was beautiful. Others suggest going clockwise, but we went counter clockwise and were happy we did. The most beautiful section was at the beginning for us, when we weren't tired. If we had seen the best part after 8 miles, we probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much.

8 months ago

I very much enjoyed my hike on this trail. Beautiful woods landscape with in and out routing across various creek beds. I found Bryant Creek Lake to be exceptionally pretty today. There were some confusing spots of where the trail was but overall the markings were well done. I will be visiting this trail again!

Hikers need to be aware that there have been some changes to the trail. Check the Hoosier Hikers Council website for a more recent map.

hiking
9 months ago

Plenty of birds and wild life to look at. Saw some wild turkeys. Good incline hike. Bring good shoes for there is water crossings.

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