What’s up everyone? It’s time to get an early spring trip on the calendar… I haven’t solidified the exact location just yet, but below are a couple of options I’m kicking around. Looking for your feedback or recommendations.
Instead of trying to do something really ambitious, I’m hoping to put something together that will appeal to the group and that will get us outside together! That’s also why I’m leaning towards just 1 night vs. 2. Would love your input and if you have other ideas, speak up! Here are the options I’m currently considering for this one:
Option 1: Peninsula Trail in Charles C. Deam Wilderness (2 hours south of Indy)
– Hike the Peninsula Trail and camp by the Lake Monroe. This would be about 10 miles round trip (5 in, 5 back) with about 800 ft of elevation gain. Possibly some light cross country towards the end of the trail to find the ideal camp spot. Here’s a link for more info: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/indiana/peninsula-trail–3
Option 2: Sycamore Loop Trail in Charles C. Deam Wilderness (2 hours south of Indy)
– There are some great campsites along the creek on the Sycamore Trail. It’s a 6.4 mile loop or it could be done as a shorter out & back, but I’d prefer to do the loop. There’s only about 500 ft of elevation gain on this hike. Here’s a link for more info: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/indiana/sycamore-loop-trail
The plan would be for us to either meet in Indy at around 8 AM or at the trailhead at around 10 AM on Saturday, 3/23. We’d hike in, setup camp, explore the area a little, get to know each other, make some awesome camp gourmet, sit by the fire, tell camp/backpacking stories, then hike back out in the morning.
Obviously we have no idea what the weather will be like this far in advance… It could be warm & sunny or it could be a winter trip… Time will tell… Hopefully it isn’t cold and rainy… Anything else is fair game. :)
Hit me up with any questions, comments, suggestions, etc… Also, spread the word if you have other friends that you think would want to join the group on future backpacking trips & hikes. Thanks everyone!