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hiking
20 hours ago

First time on Red Trail. Easy to Moderate. Slight elevation changes. As of post (7/2018), portion was shut down due to construction. Some trail markings were missing. Paper map worked better in questioned areas versus app.

This is a beautiful fun trail. You can make it moderate to rugged or easy depending on which turn you take. This is clearly marked on the trail maps provided at the entrance to the campground. The rugged section contains ladders and ascends a ravine.

This along with trail 8 has become my favorite trail at The Shades. We began on an easy trail from the campground to the main trailhead. Once we got to trail 7 we descended down Kickapoo Ravine to Sugar Creek. We went directly to Sugar Creek instead of taking the stairs that ascended back up the ravine. Once we reached Sugar Creek we turned left to meet up with Trail 8, which ascends Shawnee Ravine. By taking the trails in this manner we were able to avoid most stairs and ascend using rugged ravine terrain instead of the stairs. It is also cooler in the ravines so during the summer especially I would reccomend taking the trail in this manner.

Did trails 5 & 7. Enjoyed the forest, cave and ciew of the White River.

hiking
1 day ago

This is my favorite place in Indiana. I would not call this a Hard trail. My 68 year old mother can do this trail with her tiny yorkie under her arm. Moderate for sure. Potentially depending on how much water is on the trail. I see small children doing this one all the time. Its absolutely beautiful though. The rock walls are so full of color and character. Its just breathtaking down there.

The whole 12.8 was open today and was an enjoyable hike. It’s a lot sandier than I expected so it’s a good idea to wear ankle socks or even gaiters if you’re intense! The trail is mostly flat but there are some small, exciting elevation changes within 2 miles of battleground. Bathroom and water stops accessible along the way.

It says for the very experience but I was able to do so quite well on it and I am about moderately experienced. I loved it. The prettiest I have seen in a long time

backpacking
2 days ago

The scenery is not super exciting for the first half of the trip, but once you loop around to the woods it gets a lot better. It is also used for mountain biking so the second half of the trail is a lot more windy, with small hills to hike up and down which we liked. We used this trip as practice for a week-long camping trip in August so we picked it for the distance/elevation changes and didn't care as much about the scenery.

FYI - no pit toilets so be prepared with a trowel to dig a hole and toilet paper. Also, the only campsite that has access to the lake is #6 (or #2 if you're looking at the map that just has two campsites listed) so if you are packing light on water with the intention to use a filter to refill, be sure to at least stop at this campsite.

Really liked this trail! It wasn’t super hard, but be prepared for a lot of sand.

closer to 10 miles and that was longer than I thought!! Nice trail that were well marked. Mostly shady with some open meadows. Around mile 8 were some odd cold air pockets which were refreshing and unexpected! My son and I had a lot of fun and are glad we can say we made it!

Well marked trails, especially because as you enter the park (and pay $9 if you’re from out-of-state), you get a trail map. You can choose how long/short you want to hike. Nice stretches of shade and sun. A little buggy. Trails were well maintained.

on Trail #3

birding
3 days ago

Trail 3 is absolutely beautiful. The rock formations are huge and keep the air cool even on hot days. We hiked almost the entire trail. The description is hard but our 11, 8 and 4 year olds did fine on it for the most part. I opted to avoid the ladders by connecting with trail 10 for the last part of the trail. My husband and 8 year old did the ladders with no problem.

I enjoyed this trail, in the middle of the day, in mid July. The tree canopy provided lots of shade. The trail moves up, down, left, and right which kept it interesting. The lack of trail markers and use of different coloured flags took away some enjoyment as I wasn’t always sure of where I was. I helped a group of boys find their way as well. Not a safe idea with sketchy trail markers. Note also, this park doesn’t have garbage cans. Your asked to carry all your garbage out. Enjoy.

hiking
4 days ago

Walked this trail with me 2 yr old grandson and his mom. Excellent day.

hiking
4 days ago

we had a great hike today! beautiful location!

Nice maintained trail.

backpacking
4 days ago

Went with my wife on her first backpacking trip. Didn’t get full trail in and had spots that were grown over and had to carefully look for blazes. Plan to do myself in the near future.

hiking
4 days ago

None gorge section is easy-moderate. Gorge section is not difficult but very rugged. Went with my 11 year old daughter without much trouble. We descended the gorge but plan on ascending the gorge the next time around to make it more challenging. Watch your footing while hiking. Many loose rocks and logs. Only hike with 10+ year old child with them following your lead. Overall would rate moderate trail with rugged sections. Definitely worth it and would recommend if you are even out of shape like myself.

I enjoyed this trail as it had some pretty scenery and two spots where you could walk down to the lake. It was definitely over 6 miles by the time we were done but like I said there were side trails to the lake that we walked down. We crossed a couple of fields during the hike and the last one wasn't marked very well so it was a little confusing but it brought us back to an access road used by DNR. Overall nice trail!

I would recommend staying out of the woods in summer due to the bug swarm. The prairie loop was gorgeous. Nice clean, wide trails.

I love this trail. It is a large amount of traversing over creek rock. As you get closer to the waterfall the creek rock turns to boulders, but is definitely worth the climb. You are not permitted to go below the waterfall, as there are no trespassing signs once you get there, but there is an observation area that gives you a great look. The observation area requires you to climb ladders to get there, but if you can handle the trail up to this point, it should be no problem.

hiking
6 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails, thus far. We hit this trail on a Wednesday in June, after a morning of Kayaking. The trail was not overly crowded, but we did pass by a few hikers along the way. This is an adventurous trail. We started by going to the right, causing us to climb down the ladders, but we enjoyed this direction because we got to climb up the cascades. I would highly recommend this trail to anyone looking for an interesting hike. My husband has never pulled out a camera on a hike, but he did on this trail! We will do this again.

Hard rain but we persevered. Can’t wait to return and try it dry

beautiful park. watch north side right now... trails turn into dead end into swamp. bug spray is necessary. you can adjust and take upper dune or lower dune trails instead

Bring bug spray...mosquitos like this park. Nice ravines, streams, ponds. Good to have the GPS trail map b/c lots of trails interconnect... lots of choices...all choices seem good, but good to know where you are so u can stay roughly on the right path.

Beautiful park. Beware... some northern parts are unpassable.... that water body on nw corner of park is spread thru entire north side. if trail gets muddy or is untended and high grass, turn around....it will only get worse and turn into dead end in swamp pond. otherwise, beatiful trails, but bring bug spray!

The trail was wide and maintained very well. Don’t expect great views of the lake, the vegetation makes it hard to see between the trail and the water most of the time. The terrain is generally pretty flat and a great hike, however!

Nice clean trail, some nice views

hiking
7 days ago

The trail itself is nice., Good inclines, white diamond blazes on the trees. The trail head sign was slightly covered today. My friend and I hiked it counter clockwise. To hike it clockwise walk down the gravel road a bit and pick up the trail with the sign that is marked “High King Hill”.

If hiking it counter clockwise you’ll come to a shared trail/road that has blazes all along the way and it eventually comes to a T. Go left and you’ll see trail markers on the left. It says it’s the Tecumseh trail but it carried the white diamond blazes and brought us to the bottom of High king hill. A few downed trees at one point which required climbing but nothing hard.

The road in is gravel and had signs that cautioned about flooding. So keep in mind how much rain we’ve had when you’re heading to the trail.

7 days ago

Great views of the river. **Section of stairs was inaccessible right after the river overlook.**

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