John Grubb Ridge and Terrill Ridge Loop Trail

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Charles C. Deam Wilderness

John Grubb Ridge and Terrill Ridge Loop Trail is a 19.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Heltonville, Indiana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 19.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,919 feet Route Type: Loop

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This is a hike of a combination of old and current trails in the Deam Wilderness Area. The trail condition varies from good in most places on current trails to barely visible/bushwhacking on old trails. There are stream crossings where your feet will get wet during most of the year. There are pretty valleys along these streams going through nice hardwood and pine forests. There are fairly large hills to climb, but the grade is moderate. Views of Lake Monroe can be had from the ridge tops when the leaves are off. During the summer, stay on the more maintained and used trails to avoid greenbriars and poison ivy.

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muddy
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over grown
2 months ago

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muddy
7 months ago

When it was done raining it was more enjoyable. Gets very muddy. Only part I didn’t enjoy was the fact that a large chunk of the trail is alongside a road. Kinda irritated me. If you don’t want to see many people go on a weekday.

It was an okay trail, not much to say about it.

Sat Sep 22 2018

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

camping
Sun Feb 07 2016

Brother and I hiked in Friday -Sunday to mess with our bushcraft. Always an awesome area to hike. Were a lot of folks out enjoying. Not cold enough.

hiking
Fri Jul 04 2014

This trail was rather boring. The bottom part of the loop runs right next to the road for much of the trip. Fairly easy with minimal elevation and little wildlife. I suggest hiking deeper into the deam wilderness. More wildlife and a little better scenery. However if your mushroom hunter this Trail offers numerous different species of mushrooms.

hiking
Sun Oct 27 2013

The trails in Deam Wilderness are easy to moderate by my standards. The main trails are wide and easy to follow. You can get lost by taking side trails but that is difficult to do.

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5 months ago

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Sat Apr 20 2019

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Mon Oct 08 2018

Sun Aug 19 2018

Sat May 26 2018

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Sun Sep 24 2017

backpacking
Sat Sep 02 2017

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Sun Feb 05 2017

Mon Oct 17 2016

Sat Mar 28 2015