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Backpack the Complete Knobstone Trail

  • May 22, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Maps from Indiana Dept of Resources :

http://www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/files/or-ktsouth.pdf

http://www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/files/or-ktnorth.pdf

A five day trip, so this would require backpacking 10-12 miles per day. I am posting this way in advance because for most (myself included) this would require some advance conditioning hikes and gear shakedown. I want anyone interested to have time to do this and reserve the dates. This is Memorial Day weekend, hopefully before it gets too hot. We will meet at the south end of the trail (new Deam Lake trailhead) at 9AM and use a shuttle service to the north end (Delaney Park), then hike the trail North to South, back to Deam Lake.


A thru-hiker's journal on the KT :
http://www.drurywriting.com/keith/knob1.htm

 

Knobstone Trail - Tornado Damage - 'Then-and-Now' - YouTube

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  • Nancy K.

    Time for some r and r, sitting around the pool, etc !!!!

    May 28, 2013

  • Stephen K.

    Trip Log: 48.5 miles in 4 days

    Weds. - 8 miles beginning at noon @ Delaney Park trailhead, hike Delaney Loop and Spurgeon Hollow, camp @ mm40.5.

    Thurs. - 10.5 miles, camp @ mm 30

    Fri. - 12 miles, camp @ mm18+

    Sat. - 11.5 miles, camp @ mm 6.5

    Sun. 6.5 miles, finishing at 11AM at the old Deam Lake Trailhead.

    Thanks to all attending for the encouragement and good fellowship. A very memorable trip through the "Green Tunnel".

    1 · May 26, 2013

    • Stephen K.

      Plus another 1.8 mile hike from old DL to new DL trailhead to get my car, so that put me over 50 miles.

      May 28, 2013

  • Nancy K.

    So glad trip went well !! I'm heading back to Louisville be back late tonight. When is next trip??

    May 27, 2013

  • Vince

    Enjoyed the trip and the company. Not going to miss the ticks. Weather could not have been better.

    1 · May 27, 2013

    • Stephen K.

      I'm guessing Vince will wear long pants next time :)

      May 28, 2013

  • Ron W.

    A very tough but enjoyable trip.

    May 27, 2013

  • Stephen K.

    3 of 5 showed up, and the weather could hardly have been better. with lots of cool, cloudy hiking weather. No injuries or serious problems and lots of good fellowship.

    May 27, 2013

  • Vince

    If all are confirmed, I believe I will arrange my own transport to the northern trailhead so as to make the shuttle issue more manageable. Would be great to know who is still planning to do this so my choice does not negatively impact the group.

    May 21, 2013

    • Ron W.

      You are safe to safe to show up at the new Deam lake trailhead. One person signed up has not visited the sight in a couple of months and has never shown up at an event.

      May 21, 2013

    • Vince

      Ok, given that and the fact that one other has had a change of plans I will see you there.

      May 21, 2013

  • Nancy K.

    Going to New Jersey to see Mom hope you all have a great time ill be thinking about you.

    May 21, 2013

  • Stephen K.

    Final Report: I went up to the trail on Sunday. Most of the small creeks are still running, so water won't be a problem. Still, I stashed 3 gallons up on the top of the escarpment just in case. Weather looks all but perfect, with maybe some rain on Wednesday. Tim's shuttle service will take us from the south end to the north end around 10:00 or 10:30 at a cost of $75 for four people. If we have more than that, we will improvise. Hope to see everyone tomorrow morning.

    1 · May 21, 2013

    • Vince

      So we need to bring atleast $20 for shuttle?

      May 21, 2013

    • Stephen K.

      Yes. $20 will cover it.

      May 21, 2013

  • Vince

    So when and where is this meeting supposed to take place?

    May 18, 2013

    • Ron W.

      Steve and I met at Panera at 9:00 this morning, sorry we missed you. I look forward to meeting you on the trail. My e-mail is farmer.ron.99<at>g­mail.com if you have any questions.

      May 18, 2013

  • Vince

    Thanks for the welcome. I can say with all confidence that I am, without question, not prepared. I do however possess mercilous determination. Beyond that I have a high threshold for pain, am self sufficient and resourceful, and lacking the sense of any reasonable human being. I am confident, short of a snake bite or being knocked unconscious by a large tree limb that chooses to fall while I am beneath it, that I will not become a burden to the group. I am reasonably fit with no known health issues. My biggest concerns are water and footwear. If I have those issues dialed in I believe success is well within my grasp.

    May 13, 2013

    • Stephen K.

      Seriously now, we have to think of the whole crew. If, as you say, you are not prepared, then you need to consider what will happen if you can't keep up the pace. I can tell you from experience, 9 miles a day with a backpack on these hills will definitely wear you down. I think you should be prepared to drop off at one of the trailheads, if necessary, and call for a ride out. Have your cell phone and have somebody available and willing to come get you if you have to bail. Otherwise, you might spoil the hike for everyone.

      May 15, 2013

  • Stephen K.

    I like your sense of humor! That helps too, when the going gets tough. You will improve your hiking performance and enjoyment if you keep your pack weight as light as possible. I think that is perhaps the biggest success factor, after physical conditioning. I hope to see you on Saturday.

    May 14, 2013

  • Vince

    Additionally, there is a chance that I will have to back out due to work. I should have the answer to that question by Wed or Thu. I will let you know as soon as I do. If all goes well on that front I will join you all on Sat to discuss the trip. Should you have reservations after meeting me I will bow out gracefully or perhaps go it alone.
    I have been looking for an opportunity to do a multiple day trip and stumbled upon this. I acted on this as it solves the shuttle issue and I feel that in a group I would have a better chance surviving any encounter with natives that may wish to reenact a famous scene staring Ned Beatty.
    Thanks for making the difficulty level clear and for asking if I am prepared. The information I have provided should inspire some phone calls among the group to discuss whether or not you are comfortable having me join you.

    May 13, 2013

  • Stephen K.

    Welcome to the hike Vince. This is a five day hike, about 9-10 miles per day, with lots of steep hills. I assume you are prepared for this, and if you have any questions please e-mail me or call.

    May 13, 2013

  • Kyle M.

    FYI, the trail is closed from Pixley Knob to Bartle Knob rd. I don't see anything about a detour or alternate route like the other sections that are closed. You may want to double check with DNR. That's mile marker 4 to mile marker 9 going South to North and from the original trail head, not the new one. You guys may have it figured out already. I would just hate to think your almost done and then have to take a detour on roads that may add miles to the last day of the trip.

    May 2, 2013

  • Ron W.

    I plan to meet you Wed. morning, but have to bail Sat. afternoon.

    May 7, 2013

  • Stephen K.

    Welcome, Nick! I will be backpacking at Grand Canyon from May 2-12. The next weekend is May 18-19. I suggest we get together that weekend to confirm final plans, probably Saturday morning the 18th if that is good for the rest of you. The plan is to meet early on Wednesday May 21 at the new Deam Lake trailhead where we will leave our cars. I will arrange for a commercial shuttle to meet us and take us to the north end of the trail to start the hike later in the morning. We will hike south, back to our cars, and that way we will have transport waiting whenever we arrive. That should get us back to Deam around mid-day on Monday the 27th, Memorial Day, depending on how the hike goes.

    [Continued]

    April 12, 2013

    • Stephen K.

      Sure, understood. Just wanted to make sure you hadn't moved away or something. :)

      April 23, 2013

    • Stephen K.

      Whoops! Sorry, that is Wed. May 22nd.

      April 23, 2013

  • Nick P.

    That actually works pretty well for me, I will be in DC from May 7th to the 14th, so the 18th sound be perfect barring some unforeseen catastrophe. Water was a pretty big concern for me because in my research, I've read sources can be intermittent but I will follow your lead on this one. Do you have a recommended packing list? Generally, I like to travel as lite as possible without sacrificing the essentials but this will be a slightly longer trip then I have previously done. Any insight you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the quick response, and if I don't hear from you before, have a safe trip at the Grand Canyon.

    April 12, 2013

    • Stephen K.

      Packing list? Not really. For a trip like this I am going as light as possible. One spare set of clothes, extra socks. Make sure to have your favorite rain gear, because rain is likely this time of year. I'm a poncho and umbrella man, myself. It's not gonna be cold, so bring your lightest sleeping bag. There will be ticks, so some Deet would be advisable. When we meet, we can discuss items that can be shared, e.g. we won't really need 4 stoves, or 4 trowels, or 4 water filters, or 4 first aid kits. Anybody else with thoughts on gear, please post.

      April 23, 2013

  • Stephen K.

    [Continued]
    On the subject of water, I have always been able to find water on the trail except maybe in the fall. I plan to carry 3 quarts of water and replenish during the day from any water source we come to. That said, I will also stash some water at a couple of trailheads along the trail in case it's dryer than I think.

    Felicia and Nancy, since I haven't heard anything from you since you signed up awhile back, please drop a note here to confirm that you are still on for the trip.

    Any other thought or concerns, please post here or e-mail me. I am really looking forward to this trip!

    April 12, 2013

  • Nick P.

    Thanks for the response. I am actually pretty familiar with the KT, I've had an ongoing interest in backpacking it because of the challenge it presents. Physically, I am confident that I am prepared for the trip. My main concern is being logistically prepared, but I believe you posted about meeting up prior to the trip?

    April 12, 2013

  • Stephen K.

    Nick, we'd be happy to have you along. Personally, I plan to do the trip even if I go alone, but company would be most welcome. I don't know if you are familiar with the KT, but if not just be aware that there are a lot of hills to climb, and we will be doing about 10 miles a day. You need to be in shape for this one.

    April 8, 2013

  • Nick P.

    Hey, I'm relatively new to this group and it might be a little late in the game but I'd be interested in attending this. I'm not new to backpacking but am definitely interested in more experience. Thanks.

    April 6, 2013

  • Stephen K.

    I would like to schedule a get-acquainted day hike on part of the KT one Saturday in April. I'm sure we would all like to meet and get to know each other a little, and discuss the hike. Please let me know if you would come on this hike, and any preferred dates. This hike would also be for anyone who is not commited, but might be interested in the full 50 miles.

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • Felicia B.

    Hi, I am willing to make this hike if we get more people!!! This will make for a very interesting trip for me! Been a very long time for a 5 day trip but I'm ready and willing and got my days off!

    February 10, 2013

    • Stephen K.

      Thanks for signing up, Felicia. I think you will encourage others to come along.

      February 11, 2013

  • Stephen K.

    Tom Grady and I hiked from the new trailhead at mm9 all the way down to the new trailhead at Deam Lake. Only got lost once! I'm now thinking of hiking north to south, rather than south to north.

    February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow just watched the video and was totally blown away. Looks like a battle field. Having hiked that area many times if not form the descriptions would have never guessed where you were at. Have camped a few nights on top of Round Knob amazing the power of the storm that went through there.

    January 29, 2013

  • Stephen K.

    Nate, we got some great photos of the tornado wreckage, but I can't see how to upload them here. Any suggestions?

    January 28, 2013

    • Nate G

      You should be able to put em into the group album. If you cant, Tom can. or email me em. [masked]

      January 28, 2013

  • Stephen K.

    Tom Grady and I hiked past the tornado devastation on the KT this past Saturday, from the new trailhead at mile 4.5 up to the new Pixley Knob Rd. trailhead at mile 9. The valley below the Jackson Road Trailhead and the trailhead itself are unrecognizable - scarcely a tree still standing, like somebody ran a bush hog over it. . Round Knob is the same way. It looks like the pictures of Mt. St. Helens after the eruption. But you can hike on Hilltop Lane and Flatwoods Rd., along the lip of the Escarpment, skirting the wreckage. We rejoined the KT where it parallels Flatwoods Rd., just north of Round Knob somewhere near Mile 6 and hiked north to mile 9. There is one section at Mile 8 where the trail is obliterated by blowdowns, but we were able to bushwhack around that fairly easily. So it appears it will be possible to hike the whole length of the trail, except for a couple of miles by Round Knob and valley south of it where there is a road detour.

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just thought of something that would save you all a bunch of time the first morning. There is a gentleman that does a pretty reasonable shuttle service on the Knobstone. Will also cache water for you if needed. Here is a link to his site of you are interested. Still thinking about this trip. Having done this before just not sure that I want to invest this much vacation time on a trail I have done a couple of times and some sections many more times.

    http://www.snappyshuttle.com/

    January 24, 2013

  • Sheila L. K.

    Oh goodie, now have extra incentive to whoop you into shape! ;)
    See ya on the trail in the morning.

    January 5, 2013

    • Sheila L. K.

      The difference in difficulty from hiking south and north from the Leota trailhead was amazing! We have the hardest section (southern) that we started with to cmpare with all the rest I think.

      January 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have hiked the trail both directions. Would have to agree that the south end is the hardest. Starting there you get the worst days of hills done early on. Not to say it gets much flatter though. Pretty much always up and down.

      January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stephen I wont be making the hike but as someone that lives near the Kt was wondering of you were aware part of the trail is closed. This section will probably not be open by the time of the hike. Maybe a way around but I have not researched it. The portion that is closed was heavily damaged by last years tornadoes. here is some information.

    http://www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/4224.htm

    January 5, 2013

    • Stephen K.

      Thanks for the reminder Marvin. I will be scouting that section well before the trip to determine a feasible route.

      January 7, 2013

  • Nate G

    Here's a deal, yall do it, and take my Spot messenger. If anything happens, I will come with water and ready to pickup anyone who needs to stop. I will support yall in this effort as much or as little as you want.

    January 6, 2013

    • Stephen K.

      Thanks Nathan - it would be better if you come along, though . . .

      January 7, 2013

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