Backpacking in the Charles Deam Wilderness HNF

Two nights backpacking in the Charles Deam Wilderness. The total mileage for the weekend should be 10-12 miles.  Half of the trip will be on trails that I am familiar with and the other half will be ones I have wanted to explore. 

We will meet Friday evening at 5:00 at the Grubb ridge trail head.  We will then proceed down Frank Grubb ridge and camp toward the end of the ridge at a pond. It is about 2.5 miles from the parking lot to the campsite. Saturday we can swing past Patton cave on our way across Tower Ridge Road on the Cope Hollow Loop.  Again we will camp by a pond and then hike out on Sunday. 

I would rate the difficulty as moderate with a couple of rugged sections.

Directions: Take State Route 446 south from State Route 46 out of Bloomington and turn at Tower Ridge Road. You will see a sign for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness and the Maumee Boy Scout Camp. It is a gravel road. The Wilderness boundary begins just a few hundred feet down this road and continues for several miles. Please get a map before visiting this area as the boundaries are not clearly marked. GPS Coordinates for the Grubb Ridge Trailhead: Lat- 39o 1'[masked]"N Long- 86o 20'[masked]"W

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/hoosier/recreation/natureviewing/recarea/?recid=41554&actid=63

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsbdev3_017286.pdf

The trail we will take Friday night is not shown on the map above.

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  • Mary B.

    I'M COVERED in chigger bites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 30, 2013

    • Stephen K.

      And yet, I don't have a single one - and I used no bug spray. Go figure.

      October 1, 2013

    • Ron W.

      No chiggers, but a little poison ivy on my arms.

      October 1, 2013

  • Stephen K.

    Great company in a beautiful place. Loved our Saturday night campsite! Patton Cave was worth the crawl, followed by a refreshing swim in Lake Monroe to wash off the mud. I hated to leave.

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • Mary B.

    Fantastic! The park is beautiful with so many interesting features.

    September 29, 2013

  • Ron W.

    A great time backpacking even if things didn't go exactly as planned.

    September 29, 2013

    • Mary B.

      1 · September 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's the best comment ever^

      1 · September 29, 2013

  • Christin R.

    Found it, but okay I'll stay here :)

    September 27, 2013

  • Christin R.

    Lost cell service completely, passed the penacostal church, drove until saw charles dean sign, took right, forced me on way to hickory ridge campground so far.

    September 27, 2013

    • Ron W.

      Find you a spot to camp tonight and we can regroup in the morning.

      September 27, 2013

  • Christin R.

    Little lost, almost at norman

    September 27, 2013

    • Ron W.

      Stay on 58 until you get to 446 then turn right.

      September 27, 2013

    • Ron W.

      Give me a call[masked]

      September 27, 2013

  • Christin R.

    Getting off Austin now, will still be a lil bit...

    1 · September 27, 2013

    • Ron W.

      Will be at the trailhead.

      September 27, 2013

  • Christin R.

    I'll be running late, roommate stuff, but am to be there before 7pm

    September 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can you need me a beer?

      1 · September 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lol

      1 · September 27, 2013

  • Chris F.

    On my way.

    September 27, 2013

  • Chris F.

    On my way.

    September 27, 2013

  • Mary B.

    If I get off work at 4:30 in downtown Louisville do you think I could get there before you take off?

    September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      So is there just one site down there? How far past the gate?

      September 26, 2013

    • Ron W.

      A couple of miles, you gonna join us? There is a pond at the end of the ridge.

      September 26, 2013

  • Chris F.

    I might be a little late. Ron, please send me your cell number again. I lost it when I transfered to new phone. TY.

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There will be a few of us from Btown Outdoors group out there as well. We will be heading out on the peninsula and also stop by Patton Cave.

    As for parking there is parking at Blackwell Horse Camp, Grubb Ridge TH and the firetower. Parking can get crowded on these nice weekends so carpooling is best. Parking on roadsides is prohibited.

    We hiked Sycamore Trail yesterday and there were several people at the firetower but did not see many on the trails (actually none while we hiked)

    September 23, 2013

  • Mary B.

    Is there a parking lot or do we park on the roadside?

    1 · September 22, 2013

    • Ron W.

      There is a couple of parking lots at the trail head.

      September 22, 2013

  • Christin R.

    The guest may or may not come

    September 21, 2013

  • Christin R.

    The guest may or may not come

    September 21, 2013

  • Zack S.

    Unfortunately, I'm going to have to pull out guys. I have corporate challenge that sat. Totally space it.

    September 14, 2013

  • Kyle M.

    Ron, I don't know if you know this, but most of the trails in Deam are on Google Maps. This link should be pretty close to what you're talking about.

    http://goo.gl/maps/Ht6DA

    1 · September 12, 2013

    • Ron W.

      Not quite, the Frank Grubb ridge trail is not shown on the map.

      September 12, 2013

  • Kyle M.

    Wish I could make it. Already have a Michigan trip planned.

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Nathan G.

    I could go fri, sat. I'll have to see if I can't trade a day off and do the whole thing.... I'm scheduled for Sunday.

    1 · September 10, 2013

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