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Hike a segment of the Knobstone Escarpement

  • May 25, 2013 · 7:00 AM

This hike is capped at ten participants.  Please do not RSVP if you are not reasonabley certain that you can attend, you will keep others from attending that would like to hike.  Members with plus one OK if slots are open.  No dogs or youth under 18 for this hike due to dificulty. 

We will do a total of three to four hikes on the Knobstone over the next few months. It is the intent to hike as much of the Knobstone that is open (a portion is closed from the tornado damage, per the DNR) as possible. This is the second for this summer.  We possibley will be hiking the segment from Oxley Trailhead to Elk Creek.  Generally trails along the northern section...should be about 12 miles.

This hike is rated very strenuous and should only be considered by those with prior experience in hiking at this level and who are in excellent physical condition. THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER HIKE. There are several creek crossings including a couple where the easiest way to cross involves walking over a fallen tree/branch laying across the creek. The combination of steep grades, fallen leaves and mud cause it to be quite slippery underfoot. Hiking boots and poles are strongly recommended. It is, however, a beautiful hike and in 12 miles one will see more red cardinals and other plants, flora and fauna than people.  Plan on bringing plenty of water and a lunch for during the hike.

If you are not aware of the Knobstone (then again this hike is maybe not for you) it is referred to as the little AT and considered an excellent conditioning hike for the AT. It is a series of knobs that have a high degree of climb rate and decline. Rarely are you walking on level ground. If you have questions as to whether this hike is for you please contact me and discuss.

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  • George F.

    I was looking forward to this hike and it did not disappoint. It was a challenge. Thanks Jim.

    May 26, 2013

  • Jerry

    Thanks Jim, the Knobstone almost kicked my butt yesterday but I survived. “Thank you sir, may I have another?” :-)

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Deb

    This hike was a lot of fun. We did great! I had no ticks at all, after spraying myself WELL with Off Deep Woods Dry (it cost under $5 at Walmart).
    You did a great job leading, Jim!

    May 25, 2013

    • James E.

      Thank you. All was good.

      May 26, 2013

  • Sharon

    Thanks, Jim! Was great hiking with you! I'll post pics later this weekend!

    May 25, 2013

  • Sharon

    Deb and I are on our way

    May 25, 2013

  • Jerry

    Does the link below show the correct location of the start of this hike?

    http://goo.gl/maps/MFCeF

    What time should I be at the trailhead?

    May 22, 2013

  • Jerry

    I'd be glad to give a ride from the SE corner of I465 & E. Washington St. http://goo.gl/maps/kwEZc

    Large towing-safe parking lot behind the Blueberry Hill Pancake House 7803 E Washington St. where Service Merchandise used to be. Great place for breakfast also.

    May 20, 2013

    • Deb

      We always know you are kidding, Jerry. Isn't a cat fight what you guys are usually hoping for? Sharon and I had better get along-we are the only girls going.

      May 22, 2013

    • Sharon

      Lol

      May 22, 2013

  • Deb

    The ticks were the worst I have ever seen at the hike at Salomonie, they were everywhere and on everyone. We will need lots of repellent for this hike.

    May 19, 2013

    • Roger A.

      Oh and here is another one http://www.lymeneteur...­

      May 21, 2013

    • Deb

      NOW I remember: Off will melt your nail polish!

      2 · May 21, 2013

  • James E.

    After feedback from Tom and Roger, thank you both. The segment selected will be from Elk Creek to Leota. This will be an out and back hike of approximately 14 miles total. We should be done with the hike somewhere around 5:00 PM. There is an exit at the I-65 interchange where there is a Cracker Barrel Resturant. With a wide menu this would be a good place for dinner, we can try and work that out depending on everyone's schedule. I know we will all be hungry. If there are questions you can email me or call at[masked]

    May 8, 2013

    • Roger A.

      Contact Nila Armstrong with DNR she is very helpful and knows the trail well. She can be reached at[masked]

      May 8, 2013

  • Roger A.

    I backpacked from Spurgeon Hollow to Elk Creek this past weekend. There is a reroute according to DNR but we did not locate it.
    This is definitely a workout and the streams are rapidly running. A lot of fun to do but be prepared for a workout. We spent the night between mm38 and mm39. A good portion is very muddy south of John Stuart Oxley Memorial TH due to logging. You definitely should locate the reroute to avoid the logging mess.

    May 7, 2013

    • Roger A.

      However I don't think I would want to go through the logging thing twice during a yo-yo hike. I would stick with a lineal hike in one direction. But that is just my preference.

      May 8, 2013

    • Jerry

      I think logs are fun especially when they are pointed in the direction I'm hiking :-)

      1 · May 8, 2013

  • Deb

    Alright!

    May 7, 2013

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