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I can really only write a short review for this trail, as we mainly trekked off the grid after a few miles. We were attempting a miniature backcountry hike, and literally hiked up and down steep ridges until we popped out at Lake Tarzian. It’s private property, you’re not allowed to camp on the boyscout reserve. But the hike was hard and there were pretty geodes everywhere.

This hike started out fine. we went counterclockwise from the fire tower. We passed by a few campers but were the only ones on the trail on a late Sunday morning. We didn't realize that part of the trail near the end was on the gravel road we drove in on. The last mile of the path was also super overgrown and muddy like no one had hiked it for months. We probably wouldn't return, but it was a decent length and started out great.

3 months ago

Went in the thick of tick season, right after it rained. This was otherwise a pretty hike, but between the mud, overgrown parts that weren't well maintained, constant spiderwebs, and bugs (including the ticks), was ready to be done early. The trail was also hard to follow at some points, which reminds me that the Alltrails trailhead is different from the trailhead located by Google Maps.

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11 months ago

A great trail. Not busy at all. Had a few spots where it could have used a few more markers just because if the creek bed crossings. Otherwise it was great! We started where it breaks off from the Peninsula trail.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Just got home from hiking Axsom Loop. It's my first hike in 19 years. it definitely rekindled my spirit and my desire to spend time away. There were a couple of rough spots with trees that were down, but I'm sure USFS will fix it. We also had a major downpour about an hour before my son and I got there, so it was a little muddy. The good news is, it was a perfect break-in hike for my new shoes!

Monday, May 08, 2017

April trip to the Axsom Valley was full of wildflowers, moss, lichens, ferns, mushrooms, thunder storms, flash floods, and The Cabin. Do not come here and camp if you're not prepared for the backwoods. We survived a flash flood and got to experience the aftermath. It was beautiful; The "Flood Epic" story ☺. Please respect the archaeology and wilderness here. It somehow skipped the 20th century and why not see that in perpetuity?

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Thursday, March 09, 2017

Was fortunate to come out on a very warm March day. The scenery was beautiful, the trails were a little rough, but in all it is a trail you want to hike. Next time there will be camping involved!

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Great workout! Beautiful in fall!

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Many different variations of backpacking available. Spend a few nights backpacking, or spend a few hours. I stayed out there two nights, and I did not walk the trails. There were quite a few horse riders, one biker, and no other backpackers. There is a horse campground that is pretty central, if you want to be near some other people, or there are many different private campsites with more privacy than any I have seen in Indiana. Just go out to the area and drive around until you find the perfect area, then find one of the parking sites along the road that are marked/numbered, and then start backpacking or stay and camp there on site.
I just parked my car in the center of the horse camp area, so that I did not take any spots from those whom have horses may need. From there I hiked North, with intention to camp for a few days on the southeast side of Lake Monroe. On the way, we decided to check out Lake Tarzian, which is just southeast of Lake Monroe. There is moderate vegetation if you plan to walk off trail to avoid other people and riders, but there is lots of change in elevation. You make pick to avoid this vegetation, but now you must trek up and down multiple ridges that are >50 degree angles up and down. We only ran into one hunter, but he waved and was friendly.
Upon arriving at Lake Tarzian, we popped out of the woods after two killer ridge climbs. Where we popped out of on the southeast edge of the lake, and it was beautiful. Check out my pictures to see the sunset I captured. Just before the sunset, Ed and Anne drove there Gator of to our camp site, which was hidden under overhanging trees in the distance. These two own the property and take very good care of it. Very clean water and beautiful landscaping. It was like walking into paradise after a 10 mile hike through stickers and over ridges. They asked us to leave, but were kind enough to let us stay after some nice conversation. If you want to stay here, check out my pictures, then call ahead and make it your destination by their approval. It is gorgeous.
My only dislike was the overwhelming number of trails, and not having much description of any of them via the maps. This is why we went of trail, not using the map, and ended up on private property. Check out the fire tower, watch a sunset, and enjoy all of rolling hills of Hoosier National Forest.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Nice 7 mile trail just past the Sycamore trail on the left hand side if you park at the fire tower. Starts out weaving on a ridge before you hit a set of switchbacks taking you down through the ravines. The trail has a few creek crossings before heading up to the Grubb Ridge parking lot. After you hit the parking lot, head west down the road for a little bit until you see the trail pick up on the left. This is part of the Grubb Ridge trail and will eventually take you to a section that branches right or left. Head left when it says Martin Hollow Trail in order to complete the loop back to the fire tower lot. Lots to see with about 2400 ft in elevation gain along the way.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

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