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thoroughly enjoyed this hike and want to try it on a wintery day.
I chose to go clockwise on the loop with the goal of visiting the Terrill cemetery...it is Halloween season so had to investigate.
Very creepy place and didn't stick around long. I doubled back and hiked the rest of the loop. The sections of the trail that are covered in pine needles were a treat to walk on!
I hadn't hiked since late winter so the length was perfect and I wasn't too tired after 9 miles.

backpacking
1 month ago

1st ever backpacking trip was here

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

Great trail, easy to navigate. Lots of spider webs, but hey, we are in the woods.

backpacking
3 months ago

We did a two day overnight on this trail. Camp sites are nice. Will do again in future.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday, May 26, in late afternoon on a hot and humid day. On the entry trail, I saw a few hikers and campers, but shortly after taking the right to start the loop, the trail was empty. The initial descent went fast. I did not have any problems with spider webs, although there were some annoying flys that liked dive bombing my head for part of the way. At the bottom of the first descent, I passed a group of husband, wife, kid and the wife was not looking happy and wanted to turn around, presumably because of the kamikaze flys in that area. I pressed on and was soon past the threat.

On one of the ridges up higher, I encountered an area with some open space and very tall trees. Here I spooked a very large bird. On my drive in down the gravel road, I saw an owl, so my first thought was that this too was a large owl, but another flash of it seemed to show a big bushy tail that made me think wild turkey. And then shortly later, i found a hawk feather, so it is still a mystery if i saw a hawk, turkey, or owl, either way it was a huge bird, very impressive.

Later I approached a small stagnant stream where suddenly dozens of frogs, spooked by my approach, began leaping en masse into the water. Then towards the end of the hike, I noticed a 3 foot garter snake slithering away and managed to snap a pic.

Deep towards the final leg of the loop, the trail splits at a really wide portion of trail. I decided to extend my hike a few more miles and take this path less traveled. The trail dead-ended at a random cemetery in the middle of the wilderness. I tried following what looked like a path to regain the trail, but it led me deep into untracked wilderness. I used my phone GPS and the AllTrails app to try to follow where the trail should be, but I ended up just getting cut up by thorn bushes and covered in ticks! Just as I was going to give up and bushwhack back, I noticed the semblance of an old trail, untraveled for several years. It was still hard going, but at least I was able to pick up my pace. I should have looked closer at the map because it did say the trail was (old). I was relieved when I finally made it to the Axiom branch where I promptly removed 3 ticks from my calves and spider webs from my hair. By this point, I just wanted a hot shower and a McDouble, so I double timed it out of there and didn’t look back.

Overall great hike if you ignore my adventurous stupidity made possibly by my overconfidence in gps :)

backpacking
5 months ago

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Went to do the loop for the first this morning- arrived at 8:30 and the spider webs were TERRIBLE. I am a regular hiker and am not phased by bugs, webs, etc., but there were SO many at the beginning of the loop- the first mile and a half- that you couldn't walk 10 yards without running straight into another one. They were large webs and large spiders, so it really made it tough to just relax, zone out, or enhoy the scenery because I was so on edge looking out for the next web. I finally turned around and came back because I was so anxious from it. I don't know enough about the type of spiders they were, or if they cut their webs down (so maybe going later in the day would be better?) but it was really unpleasant. I will have to try again in early Fall!

backpacking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I hiked the trail from the Grubb Parking lot to the campground. It was about 7.5 miles in one direction.

Trail: The terrain was EASY. This is the type of trail you hike if you want to have a nice walk in the woods. There were lots of cobwebs, but I think every trail has cobwebs.

I would hike this again. It's a gentle trail, goes for a long distance, and pleasant.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Great trail

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

We enjoyed the view. The road is narrower than usual state park trail. Be prepared to get muddy on your shoes if you go during a rainy week.

hiking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

We entered the loop at the north entrance after hiking up to the cemetery. This is a lovely trail with varied terrain including a beautiful pine forest, which we would rate easy to light moderate. We encountered quite a few other hikers and there were several cars in all the lots so pretty heavy use of the trails here.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

great

backpacking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

I enjoyed a hike into this trail from Blackwell campground. The hike up to the pond is simple, not a lot of elevation change, clear enough and low creeks. If it rained anyttime soon I would avoid this as this trail sees more horses than hikers. We avoided the mud, but it was firmed up given our recent dry spell.

The pond was about 2.7miles in and a great overnighter. Flat spot to camp (multiple tents could stay there and a nice firepit). I hiked in water (pond water was...well pond looking), and I didn't trust the streams given recent weather but if you are doing a multi day.... there was enough there to be filtered in a pinch.

I didn't see any reason to keep going east to take the loop all the way around....the northern part of the loop is just too close to tower ridge rd (perhaps in the winter when there is no traffic, but not in the fall).

Given great weather (sunny 60s and 40s at night).....the pond was very enjoyable on a fall day. Rather than doing the norther loop....I would recommend doing a longer hike and going all the way up to the Grubb Ridge trail.

Rating stars lost because the loop overlap with the road and horse traffic, but this can still be enjoyed given the low foot traffic (unluck other parts of Deam Wilderness that have high foot traffic).

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Love this trail!

hiking
Thursday, March 31, 2016

This was a nice easy trail, the weather was great and things were really starting to green over. It was a little busy even in March. But if you want a great day hike or to take advantage of some really cool off trail camping spots then this is definitely a must see.

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.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hike was nice and eazy... We went in October and almost no parking was to be found, had to park down the road a ways... Was a bit crowded... but I tend to like the back country... but very nice...

camping
Saturday, November 14, 2015

We get off trail and hammock camp with the kids. It's a great overnight.

hiking
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Not a bad trail for some miles ,scenery not fantastic,terrain flat or rolling, a few nice camp spots

hiking
Sunday, October 18, 2015

One of my go to hikes in the area. Very pretty lots of pine growths along the way and places to camp. Water can depend on the season/ time of year if you are camping out to be aware of that. Solid loop trail always a suggestion for those looking for a solid hike in the area. Park at the fire tower walk through the back of the parking lot where there is a barrier to stop cars from going up the road and the trail eventually starts on the right hand side.

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Great trail for a couple kids (11ish) and well maintained. Did the whole sycamore loop (and some of Axsom, Terrill Ridge and Grubb Ridge) and all very worthwhile. Sycamore was the nicest hike.

Great campsites and the trails are more like a state park trail given how maintained (and worn). Easy hike for sure, less backcountry feel. Been hot lately, so no real water in the creek beds (luckily we packed enough). Would hike again and likely go further north (off trail) to get a bure more remote.

Fire tower is always a plus and given the blue skies.....great view. Will come back in the fall for even better views.

hiking
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Well maintained and little used trail in the Charles Deam Wilderness located in the Hoosier National Forest. The trail was peaceful and you are not only able to see wildlife and flowers but hike along a creek and past a small pond. There are also multiple camp sites located on this trail that are in excellent locations.

hiking
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Maintained well with some nice camping spots along the way. Nice sections going through the pine forest and along the creek. Parking right by the fire tower where you can go up for an amazing view.

hiking
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

My first hike in the Charles deam wilderness. Loved the solitude. Nice single track for the first 4.9 miles. Not a fan of the Terrill ridge road (maybe 2.5 miles) the took me out to the graveyard and back to the car. The drive from the west side of Indy to the trail head was maybe 90 minutes. My Guide book said the trail head was 5.5 miles on Tower ridge road. However, It was a little further.

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
Saturday, May 24, 2014

This was very very muddy because of the horses and the ticks we're terrible..

hiking
Thursday, April 17, 2014

It is a very nice trail. Has a nice stream that you walk along for a while. Very nice camping spots around groves of pine trees. I didn't see anyone all day. I did see several deer.

hiking
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Well maintained. It was the first beautiful day outside this year and a lot of people were hiking. Campsites are well-marked. Not too difficult of a hike and it took me approximately three hours to complete.

hiking
Sunday, February 23, 2014

Was a nice overnight this winter. Didn't see a soul.

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