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Great trail to see the lake up high and really explore the area

blowdown
1 day ago

My wife, dog, and I did a chunk of this trail 3/21 - 3/23. Trail was pretty easy to follow minus a couple areas where we immediately knew we weren't quite on the path but still headed in the correct direction. Mud was an issue being that it rained Wednesday night into Thursday morning. We started about 1pm at Old Forest Rd. after stashing water at Cold Friday Rd. We were pretty flexible with planning since neither of us had any prior backpacking experience. After staying at the primitive shelter on night one and the Ohio River shelter night two (caught a sunset and sunrise there), we finished our time by hiking to the Pioneer cabin and up the road towards the park office. We felt we could have finished the trail with another days food supply, but decided to cut short based on supplies and pacing. Great experience though. Look forward to doing it again, maybe with some friends.

great trip.

hiking
2 days ago

The map here is actually incorrect. Follow the signs and don’t go across the dam. You will miss a mile or so of windy trails around a forest area. If you follow the trail (not the dam) it is a 10 mile loop

on Low Gap Trail

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blowdown
3 days ago

I feel the other reviews say it all. With the low gap the Sweedy hallow area is a must see. Really good hike and lots of camping in back country. Walk back is mainly on gravel road but beside that very nice trail.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
4 days ago

My 14-year old son and I hiked the full loop this weekend (3/23 - 3/24). We measured the full loop, as far as our total trip distance, at a little over 23 miles using the AllTrails app. This is a tough, tough trail with a lot of steep ups and downs. We stashed a water jug where the trail intersects Cold Friday road and then parked and started up by the intersection of Highway 462 and Old Forest Road.

We hiked clockwise, so crossed our water drop at about 8 miles. There are a lot of blowdowns, but this trail is really well marked. We had to scout around for a trail marker a couple of times, especially in the Blue River bottoms on the west side, but we always found them. If you watch for the green and white markers and boot / shoe prints of others who have gone before you, you won't get lost.

I read one review that said the Indian Creek shelter had the best view and I disagree. This time of year (March), the shelter where we stayed (Ohio River shelter) has a phenomenal view of the river from up on a bluff and the shelter was nice. It's also a nice halfway point if you're doing the trip in 2 days like we did.

It was a bit mucky in spots, but hey, that's part of hiking, right? I'll definitely do this trail again.

The trail is challenging in that the route is consistently going through rolling hills but there are little to no outlooks. There’s a repetitiveness to it but there’s a great flat area at the 3 mile marker that made my pup’s trip and in turn was a great spot to refresh.

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blowdown
muddy
off trail
rocky
7 days ago

The trail is very fun and great for early spring hiking. If you want to hike this trail I would stash water at the road access points, hike clockwise, and pack lots of calories.
WARNING the full loop is not 25.5 miles it is 35 miles.
The Ohio river shelter is amazing and comfortable.

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muddy
scramble
washed out
7 days ago

hiking
muddy
8 days ago

Great trail! I will definitely be back to do the loop counter clockwise. Great all around trail - it was very muddy and creek crossings were higher than usual due to rain, but what do you expect? Well marked and maintained - lots of options for camping around the lakes if you wish to do so. Not sure why I waited so long to check it out.

hiking
8 days ago

I would recommend this trail for a good day’s hike. The Sweedy area is really pretty. You do walk on a gravel road for a bit and that is hard on the feet, but the rest of the trail makes up for it. We did not camp, but saw several really nice spots where we may come back with the kids.

hiking
10 days ago

I liked the scenery and the calmness of the area around it.

Very good day hike. It rained most of the time we were there and the shelter behind the waterfall was a great place to dry off and catch a snack before continuing on.

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closed
muddy
off trail
washed out
25 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

aht day 3 complete

hiking
30 days ago

aht day 2

Hiked this in the winter - well marked and groomed with a nice view of the water and lodge. Gently rolling terrain makes for some good exercise without wearing you out.

nobody told us we would have to cross a river

washed out
1 month ago

nobody told us we would have to cross a river

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snow
1 month ago

Went in winter, didn't complete the loop but it was snowing so the waterfall was rushing which was cool. Very peaceful with no one around.

Great place for a day hike. Parking lot overflows and some dog owners aren't real considerate, letting them off leash and dog poop not picked up (on the trail).

Beautiful views and an enjoyable hike close to home make this a place we will likely return to.

Beautiful trail with waterfalls. Well worth it!

Love the trail, it's nice and I've done it twice. Very nice, fun trail.

great hike on a hot day and a cold day anytime of the year

2 months ago

Not too much to see. But if you want to feel secluded, this is a trail for you. A good mental and physical workout. Not sure why, the mileage isn’t high, but this trail tests you BRING. WATER.

2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

aht day 1

backpacking
2 months ago

First trip of the year, around 10 degrees! I carried in enough water so I wouldn't need a filter, but there were many sources. No mud issues because it was so cold, but I can tell it will be very muddy once a thaw comes. All major turns were well marked, and most had benches. Maybe it was white blazes in the 2-3 inches of snow, but I for sure found it difficult to spot the next blaze more often than not. Drive time was right at 4 hours from Chicago, Ill have to split between here and Huron-Manistee NF as my main overnighter destinations.

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