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backpacking
3 days ago

Trail was mostly gravel, I like the more backcountry trails. Once you hit the lake trail and going counter clockwise, I had to traverse the creek, which while shallow, was far. Bummer. The other creek crossings were dry or dry enough to easily pass. At the dam, the lake view is beautiful, but there's only 1 real campsite - which you can reach via car (38.482765,-86.568347 camping spot, 38.482519,-86.569353 parking lot). There was someone posted up there by early afternoon who drove to the site. I was hammock camping so that was fine for me, but if you weren't, there wasn't much flat area to spread out other than the 1 spot.

It's marked as moderately traveled, but on a mid August Saturday and Sunday with a high of 80 low of 60, I only saw 1 other person on the trail, and he was on a horse.

I would do this one again, but definitely recommend a hammock.

hiking
4 days ago

It is apparently for members only. I'm glad we didn't have to drive too far to get here.

Well marked and maintained. Lotsa spider webs on trail when we went, but that's just nature at work. We did just the loop starting from the boat ramp. Beautiful day!

Love this place... but Mother Nature not so much. good workout and lots of different landscapes. Friends and I had been planning a weeklong hiking and canoe trip, hiking here and canoeing blue river.
Taking off work derby week...$$$
Getting packs, fishing equipment and canoe loaded...just time
Starting off in light rain... no problem
Hiking all day in increasing worst weather... no fun
Getting stuck in a tent for 23 hour because of a monsoon... 2nd worst thing ever.
Hiking back out soaking wet and everything double the weight and most of the trails flooded...Bataan Death March
Coming back after drying out camping in the campground and canoeing across Lake Celina spending all day fishing... best week ever!!!

good weekend getaway. a lot of elevation changes but good prep for a nice hike

on Tecumseh Trail

hiking
6 days ago

backpacking
6 days ago

Out and back overnight from Leota down to New Chapel trailhead- 17 miles. Cached water near New Chapel trailhead and camped near the creek there. Pretty nice hike. Numerous downed trees over the trail and several over grown areas. Overall pretty tough trail.

backpacking
9 days ago

Treeline obscures view of the lake for 95% of the trail. Lots of small gravel in the trail but rain can cause some areas to flood. More than enough hills to get your heart racing, but nothing that will wipe you out. Might be a bit much for beginners. Very limited backcountry camping options, best bet is to bring a hammock.

backpacking
12 days ago

Great, fun trail. Lots of camping spots, but water sources were pretty scarce. Only spot we found to refill our water bottles was near the parking lot at Low Gap Road on the south end of the trail. Also the gravel road was kind of a drag, but luckily we weren't on it for that long.

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

It's a nice trail...reviews from here helped but there were a few things I wish I'd known that I will share. We hiked to the Rock Shelter first and then crossed Low Gap Rd to camp by the creek. There are actually two creeks, one by the road with 4-6 big open campsites (looks like where the locals party.) But just beyond these sites you cross another creek with several backcountry sites along that .5-1 mile stretch, even a few nice campsites up on the ridge just beyond the low land of creek--or just before you get to the creek if coming the other way. There were NO campsites after Rock Shelter until crossing the road. We were exhausted after crossing the road so we set up camp before crossing the other creek (bc we didn't know it was there!) and ended up disappointed to hear cars all night.

There was quite a bit of gravel road walking...but overall, we were on trails the most.

The biggest disappointment was a technology glitch, I assume. According to AllTrails we had hiked the 10.2 miles just after reaching the Low Gap/Tecumseh split. But, we had over two miles to go!! (Backpacking with two teenage girls, so you can imagine the drama this imposed. ;)

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

trail running
19 days ago

Excellent trails. Well groomed and great scenery.