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hiking
4 days ago

on Jimmy Nash Trail

hiking
12 days 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
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
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

on Three Lakes Trail

hiking
19 days 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
19 days ago

Excellent trails. Well groomed and great scenery.

hiking
22 days ago

One of the best trails for backpacking in Indiana. Very secluded and the climbs will get your heart pumping. Most elevation I've seen Indiana yet. Reminds me of the Appalachian Trail in some sections. Great trail to train on. Did the 10.5 loop just over 3 hours with some stops. Not a fan of the gravel road walking.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiking on gravel gets old pretty quick, but the rest of the trail was great.

I do love Low Gap!
As per usual it was absolutely beautiful! There weren't many people on the trail despite being 77 degrees and dry.
The only downside on this hike was the spider webs... the west side of the loop that runs parallel to the road was littered with spider webs. Even after using a stick to try and rid them I still easily wore over 40 spider webs... I found 3 spiders crawling on my arms (so who knows how many were on me that I didn't see).
Still, it is the best hike in central Indiana. I still highly recommend it!

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