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hiking
5 days ago

Low gap is my go to trail for anywhere near Bloomington Indiana. The 10mi loop trail averages the same elevation change per mile as the Appalachian trail and has a two mile extension in the rock shelter if you're interested in traveling further or wish to see something slightly different from the rest of the trail. I will note that the parking lot on low gap rd is probably best situated for hiking the best this trail offers. I will note that there are dozens of deer that bed inside of this trail, I've seen a puffball mushroom twice the size of my head, and I've seen a jack-o-lantern mushroom bigger than an ice cooler at the rock shelter extension trail head.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail with a friend on December 16, 2017. We started at Cherry Lake and took the loop clockwise. There was a bit of confusion as we got to the road, just past the Stepp cemetery. The original trail (the one still shown on the map) crosses the road to the west of the cemetery lane. However, it has been rerouted to follow the forest road to the east for a hundred yards or so. (The blazes say follow the road, so get off of your phone and follow it!) The reroute is well marked, as is the rest of the trail. There is another reroute, closer to the end of the clockwise loop, that avoids a timber harvest area. It stays down in the creek bottom instead of climbing back up into the hills. There was no active timber harvesting at the time of our visit. Hope this is helpful. Happy trails!

hiking
1 month ago

Did it as a long day hike. Challenging with lots of up and downs. Look forward to backpacking it. No wildlife sightings. Most of trail easy to follow, although there were a few tricky areas.

Nice trail. I went clockwise like the reviewer below. This saved the best part of the trail for last.

hiking
2 months ago

Great Hike! First time hiking this trail, and I had a blast. I went clockwise from the Forest HQ, and enjoyed keeping rock shelter for later in the hike. It was a great spot to take a break, on a beautiful day. Really enjoyed it, and looking forward to hiking it again.

hiking
3 months ago

Is there anywhere near the trail to set up a pop-up camper to boon-dock?

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, well kept. like the addition of the log book.

on Low Gap Trail

3 months ago

Whew, this was a workout! Nice challenging hike, well-marked once you are on the trail, some minor blowdowns. A couple we came across mentioned that they spotted 3 rattlesnakes in Rock Shelter a month ago.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun trail! Like others have said, there are some spots that aren't well marked and a little confusing (esp. around Bryant Creek Lake) but not too bad. Lots of blazes throughout the rest of it though (white diamonds) which was really reassuring on my first solo hike. The cemetery is definitely worth checking out, too! The whole loop took me about 4.5 hours.

hiking
4 months ago

I went counterclockwise and there were many parts of the trail in the first 2 or 3 miles that were not very well marked. I couldn't have been happier that I brought my trekking poles- almost the entire 10 miles had spider webs right at face level every several feet, so I walked large portions of the trail essentially swinging my trekking poles out in front of me to avoid getting spiders in my eyes. There wasn't really anything challenging about the terrain and all the creeks were dried up, but it was still a nice and scenic hike. I stopped at one of the lakes for lunch and it was very peaceful and pretty! Also, there wasn't much foot traffic on this trail which was great.

Great trail! Hiked out with my friends and found a great place to camp with trees perfect for all of our hammocks :)

backpacking
4 months ago

This is a nice trail with several alternative trails to complete a long week end. We parked at the south crossing of Low Gap road to hike into camp. This made it much easier to have a supply base at the car for water. The only water I found was at the Low Gap road and two ponds on the ridge east of low gap road. They were very green. The creak beds were dry, very dry. Yes the northern part of the trail was miserable with golf ball size rock making up the gravel road. We meet up with a Gentleman by the name of Cheesy. A very interesting younger guy that said he was 83 years old. We talked for a few minutes then he said he had to go and disapeared over the horizon. I would like to say I hope I am in that kind of shape when I reach my 80s but I couldn't keep up with this gentleman if I were on a bicycle now. Best wishes Cheesy. Other than the golf ball size rock on the road the trail was great. From the southern crossing of Low Gap road going east for about a mile and a half there are many camp sites on the ridge and through the valley. This Labor day week end there was a fair amount of traffic. We saw a dozen camp sites across this area. We meet up with at least 30 to 40 hikers over the week end. The southern part of this trail is also part of Tecumseh trail. We meet up with a lot of people thru hiking the Tecumseh. When doing this trail I highly recommend doing the rock shelter section of the trail as part of this Low Gap Trail. This is the south west partition on the map (Sweedy Hollow). It adds about two miles to the trail but is by far the best part of the adventure. I took my first major fall this year at the stone cove. (My own stupid fault not watching what I was doing) No broken hip so I am good to go.

hiking
4 months ago

great hike!

this was a difficult hike. nearly the entire 10 miles i dealt with spider webs. most of the "lakes" and streams were dried up. only came across 3 people passing by but not hikers. i enjoyed the different levels of elevation and it really felt like a forest. no noise. there were times the trails was not identified very well. make sure you take a map and compass.

Did not have a great experience on the trail. May try it again some other time.

on Jimmy Nash Trail

hiking
5 months ago

I was pleasantly surprised that they were able to fit a nice little hike in a city park. There are two parts with a pretty steady climb, lower areas could be muddy or impassable with lots of rain. I think it may have been rerouted, as the HHC (who built the trail) currently lists it as 2 miles. Well-maintained and well-marked. Would have been nice if the trail led more directly to the overlook, or if it was marked. I can see how someone could miss it if they didn't know it was there. Overall, nice to have a wooded trail in a city park.

backpacking
5 months 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
5 months 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. ;)

on Three Lakes Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike, well-marked and despite some minor blowdowns, well-maintained. The distance is balanced by gentle ups/downs and makes it doable in a decent amount of time. We started at Cherry Lake which made the picnic tables at the other lake a nice lunch spot.

trail running
5 months ago

Excellent trails. Well groomed and great scenery.

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