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Monday, October 12, 2015

Many different variations of backpacking available. Spend a few nights backpacking, or spend a few hours. I stayed out there two nights, and I did not walk the trails. There were quite a few horse riders, one biker, and no other backpackers. There is a horse campground that is pretty central, if you want to be near some other people, or there are many different private campsites with more privacy than any I have seen in Indiana. Just go out to the area and drive around until you find the perfect area, then find one of the parking sites along the road that are marked/numbered, and then start backpacking or stay and camp there on site.
I just parked my car in the center of the horse camp area, so that I did not take any spots from those whom have horses may need. From there I hiked North, with intention to camp for a few days on the southeast side of Lake Monroe. On the way, we decided to check out Lake Tarzian, which is just southeast of Lake Monroe. There is moderate vegetation if you plan to walk off trail to avoid other people and riders, but there is lots of change in elevation. You make pick to avoid this vegetation, but now you must trek up and down multiple ridges that are >50 degree angles up and down. We only ran into one hunter, but he waved and was friendly.
Upon arriving at Lake Tarzian, we popped out of the woods after two killer ridge climbs. Where we popped out of on the southeast edge of the lake, and it was beautiful. Check out my pictures to see the sunset I captured. Just before the sunset, Ed and Anne drove there Gator of to our camp site, which was hidden under overhanging trees in the distance. These two own the property and take very good care of it. Very clean water and beautiful landscaping. It was like walking into paradise after a 10 mile hike through stickers and over ridges. They asked us to leave, but were kind enough to let us stay after some nice conversation. If you want to stay here, check out my pictures, then call ahead and make it your destination by their approval. It is gorgeous.
My only dislike was the overwhelming number of trails, and not having much description of any of them via the maps. This is why we went of trail, not using the map, and ended up on private property. Check out the fire tower, watch a sunset, and enjoy all of rolling hills of Hoosier National Forest.