Let's hike the entire Tecumseh Trail

This will be a strenuous, self-sufficient trip. You will be required to pack everything you'd need for the duration of the trip.  Discussion about items that could be shared along the way, to minimize redundancy, will be encouraged.

Recent long distance (10 mile +) hiking experience is necessary to be able to complete this trail.

We'd start in Morgan Monroe and head east/southeast; ending at the southern part of Yellowwood State Forest, almost to the Hoosier National Forest boundry.
The two sources I referenced indicated it's between 41.5 and 42.5 miles, with a total hike of approx. 43.3 miles by the time we made it to the end and backtracked 1.8 miles back to a vehicle(s) upon completion.
The average distance of travel would be approx. 10.8 miles. The shortest day would be approx. 8 miles; the longest day would be approx. 12.6 miles.
This will require spending 3 nights on the trail.
I set the date for this to start on a Thursday.  It's feasible to start at the end of the workday and still get in the mileage we need to finish on Sunday.  If none in the group have a Thursday work conflict, we'd start early to mid-day on Thursday, March 20th, 2014.

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  • Arden.Cy

    A pleasure backpacking with all you fine people. A spring equinox hike means Prang Pond has ice and the peepers are singing. Happy trails.

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • Bill A.

    Long days, cold nights, nice views, excellent food Saturday night!

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • David G.

    What a great trip! Thank you to everyone for a fantastic and memorable three days. I'm looking forward to the continuation of the trip to finish day #4.

    I finished the video if anyone is interested in re-experiencing all the memories in video form. The direct link to the video is on youtube at:

    http://youtu.be/sdJMzIsytZM

    I hope you enjoy it!

    David

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Leslie G.

    Great hiking group. Worked well together. Beautiful trail with many good views that we won't see later when it leafs out. Liked the new section on the assent to Indian Hill. Beats the road approach. Sections of the trail near Yellowwood are being used by horses. Trail damage is evident.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Leslie G.

    It was a great trip. Good first of the season hike with lots of good winter scenery that wouldn't be possible at other times. I definitely want to get the last 12 miles in soon. Did y'all hike this morning?

    March 23, 2014

    • Gary B.

      Four hiked....me and my blisters headed for home...after another good meal...

      March 23, 2014

  • Gary B.

    Wow...what a nice weekend...with a great group of "seasoned" hikers. Lots of experiences, stories and knowledge shared.....to be continued....

    March 23, 2014

    • leslie s.

      I am really sorry to have missed the fun.

      March 23, 2014

  • Arden.Cy

    Hiker feed- a great trip gets better! To dial-in my food, what meals are we personally responsible for? Thanks!

    March 11, 2014

    • Gary B.

      Each and every one of your own. I'd expect stoves out in am and dinner time, with quicker trail snacks/lunch for shorter stops throughout the day. Nobody will get left. With these miles and time to cover them, we can be flexible with everyones needs.

      March 11, 2014

    • Gary B.

      Except....sat dinner and Sunday breakfast, unless a person needs something specific. A general idea of those two meals will be identified soon.....as well as an expected $ contribution to share the expense. There will be a $ amount necessary to cover the expense of 2 campsites in yellowwood too. I'll probably just blend the two together to identify total cost per person. I'm hoping to keep it at $15 or less.

      March 11, 2014

  • Katherine "Pippi" E

    I'm recovering from recent shoulder surgery and have to cancel this time. Will be ready and rearing to go on the next trip.

    March 11, 2014

  • Gary B.

    I've gotten confirmation from just about everyone except James and Katherine about being committed to joining us on this hike. If the two of you are going, for sure, send me a message with your email address.
    I intend to get the medical/waiver/emergency contact info form(s) out to each of by Wednesday morning. If something has changed and any of you won't be going, please change your RSVP.
    For those that are left, take a look at this link: http://www.hoosierhikerscouncil.org/assets/Tecumseh_Trail_Guide.pdf

    It has a good description of what to expect at different areas on the trail.
    I recently got confirmation of a "Bonus" for us all. Bill's son will be meeting us at the campground in Yellowwood to help us (or us help him) prepare a nice meal....RV style. Initially, I was hoping to find someone to prep a breakfast Sunday morning. It's a bonus that he's willing to help with both meals. This should allow us to get a nice early start on the last leg of the trail.

    March 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have conflicts on Thursday and Sunday cannot resolved so I need to drop off the list.

    March 8, 2014

  • Kathy H.

    Can't do this one...but if there are some others planned a few months out, I could arrange to go...sounds like fun!

    March 7, 2014

  • Gary B.

    Joe, David, Leslie S, Rose ....please email me, indicating your intent to go on this trip...or update your rsvp. I have some documents to distribute and don't want to bother you with them if you don't have intentions of going. Hope you're all able to make it, just can't tell from the correspondence i've received.

    February 26, 2014

    • Gary B.

      Well.....we'll miss you on the hike, but....congratulations on the new job. Hope to catch you out on the trail again soon.

      February 26, 2014

    • David G.

      Yes, I'm still planning to particpate and I'm looking forward to it very much. Hoping for some of that fine mid-March early spring weather, but I'll take whatever comes our way.

      1 · February 27, 2014

  • Rose

    Gary, Did you get my reply from earlier? Have had problems with my phone. Not sure if my message reached you. Rose

    February 26, 2014

    • Gary B.

      The comment from earlier that was deleted? Yes....thanks..

      February 26, 2014

  • Gary B.

    This is the only place I'm announcing this hike. I plan to do a little over 13 miles on Sunday, March 9th. I'll be doing the Low Gap trail, then the Rock Shelter Trail. The first part of the low gap will take us to just about where our first day will end on the Tecumseh Trail hike (about 8 miles in). I think this one would be good for any of you that can make it. It might be a good idea to do it with the full packs....gear and all, then maybe do a meal prep and/or camp set-up, to simulate what we'll need to do on the hike starting on the 20th. When we circle back, counter clockwise, we'll end up at the lot where we start (on the 9th), then go ahead and do the Rock Shelter Trail, just for the extra distance.
    Leslie Green has offered to cache water somewhere along our TT hike, just in case. We can discuss those, and other potential needs on the 9...if any of you others are able to make it.
    I'm thinking of a 9 am start time....sooner, if it makes a difference for any of you.

    February 15, 2014

  • Gary B.

    There is a mild-ish hike (about 8 miles) coming up on Feb 23rd. It could be amped up with a full pack.....simulating what you might have on the TT hike in March. I'd like to start seeing you guys on trail....so everyone can be comfortable with what we'll be faced with when the time comes.

    February 2, 2014

    • Gary B.

      Impressive. I look forward to hiking with you....

      February 3, 2014

    • Leslie G.

      I'd be happy to see the hikes start earlier too, but I'm usually closer to the starting points.

      February 14, 2014

  • Gary B.

    I think I'm going to schedule a Low Gap hike on March 9th if any of you would like to join me. Look for an announcement soon.....

    February 14, 2014

  • Leslie G.

    Really happy I can join the hike. This will be a good goal for keeping in shape through the winter. I live in Brown County, so if there are any local logistics needed, let me know.

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Gary B.

    This trip will be here before we know it. Please take advantage of some of the winter/spring hikes of 8 to 10+ miles as you're able. I'll need to know that you've done some extensive training before you join us for the trip. The last thing we need is for someone to tag along because it sounds good, but not be ready for it. We'll discuss camping qualifications before departure too. Please be thinking about your worst case weather options, pack weight, equipment on hand, equipment needs, etc. Anybody signed up, as well as anybody on the waitlist, or anybody joining later that wants to be involved with the trip, please send me a message a message with your e-mail address. I'll be sending out the medical form, to be completed and returned WELL BEFORE WE GO. If anybody has second thoughts or a schedule conflict, we need to know so others have a chance to attend. I'd like info from the waitlist people so it's in place in case someone cancels at the last minute.

    January 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      My email address has been sent to you along with my cell. When will we be getting together to plan this trip?

      January 15, 2014

    • Gary B.

      Most everything is planned. I'll start corresponding with the group in the next couple weeks. We'll see what works out to meet and discuss details....maybe by the middle of February. Anybody...feel free to send me a message or call me with questions or input anytime..... [masked]

      January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Remember to put something under your sleeping bag for insulation or you will freeze. Like me this past weekend.

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Kelly K.

    Is it March yet? I'm getting my hammock rig together, and so looking forward to this hike with awesome folks.

    2 · November 12, 2013

  • David G.

    I'm in! I've hiked the Knobstone a few times but never the entire Tecumseh Trail. I've always planned to, and every year I plan a multi-day hike in March, so this one fit in perfectly. Can't wait.

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It would be a lovely Fall hike, I think. I'd like to do more three day (long weekend) hikes around the area. So, it may not be possible to do the entire trail. Leaving Thursday night & returning Sunday night.

    1 · October 2, 2013

    • Gary B.

      Thursday through Sunday wouldn't be out of the question. When I start it, I want it to be the whole length. If I remember right, the first leg is the shortest. We could get 8 miles in on Thursday before settling in for the night.....and be on schedule.

      1 · October 2, 2013

  • Gary B.

    I'd kinda like to do it sooner, rather than later. I was thinking about sometime between November and the end of March...maybe on into April, depending on conditions.

    September 27, 2013

  • Dave H.

    Gary, There has been some talk about doing this as a Club hike next year. Tim Calahan who is both a CIWC and Hoosier Hikers Council member has mentioned this. Any thoughts to what possible dates?

    September 27, 2013

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