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Hike the Knobstone Escarpment – Strenuous

Our next Knobstone Trail hike will be about 12 miles long as we continue heading south one segment at a time.  With breaks, it should take around 5-1/2 - 6 hrs. to complete.  Because of the 12 mile length, steep climbs, summer temperatures/humidity, and faster pace, this hike is not recommended for the casual hiker or for those not conditioned for strenuous hikes.

We will meet at the Jackson Road Trailhead and then shuttle cars to the start of the hike at the New Chapel Trailhead.  At the end of July 2014, this segment had some areas where the trail is completely overgrown by weeds so long pants may be advised.  There will likely be several large fallen trees to climb over.  The hill at the 11MM will be very steep with about a 350 ft. ascent. 

Toward the end of the hike we’ll have a couple more steep and long ascents as we venture into the tornado damaged area near Henryville, IN, where miles of trees and vegetation were completely stripped to the ground.  A short jaunt off-trail to the top of Round Knob will be about a 150 ft. ascent straight up with no switchbacks but the unobstructed 360 deg. view of Louisville and the Ohio River Valley will be worth it.  The tornado damaged area has no tree canopy or shade.  We could be in the open for 1 - 1-1/2 hours so, if it is a sunny day, I recommend that you bring a hat in your backpack.

With warmer temperatures, please do not underestimate your water requirements.  Pack your water so that you can drink while hiking without stopping.  Also, bring snacks/energy bars for the trail that you can easily grab from a pocket or pouch.  We will take short breaks as needed with one longer break at about the 1/2 way point.

Meet Location and Shuttling Between Trailheads:  Meet at 10:00 am at the Jackson Road Trailhead

From there, we will park vehicles and shuttle people to the New Chapel trailhead for a 10:30am start.

S.E. Indianapolis Carpool Location:  East Washington St. Plaza, 7803 E Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46219.  Meet at the large safe parking lot behind Blueberry Hill Pancake House (great place for breakfast before carpooling).  I have room for 3 passengers comfortably.  Park near the red dot on the map.
Carpool Departure Time:
8:00 am... (please be early)
Driving Time:
About 1 hr 50 min from carpool location.

Driving Directions: Please print and bring with you.
http://goo.gl/maps/kUHdl

Trail Conditions: All Knobstone Trail hikes are to be considered rugged and are maintained to backcountry standards with the potential for loose earth, narrow footings, drop offs, mud, rocks, needle sharp briars, poison ivy, fallen trees, wild animals, stinging/biting insects, ticks, hanging spiders, etc.

Carpooling: If you can, please consider offering to drive for carpooling to the hike and for shuttling between trailheads. 

Ending Time: Because remote hikes often have unforeseen variables, hikers should be flexible as to exact time they arrive home after the hike. 

Additional Information:

Indiana DNR Knobstone Website
http://www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/4224.htm

Knobstone Trail North Half Map
http://www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/files/or-ktnorth.pdf

Knobstone Trail South Half Map
http://www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/files/or-ktsouth.pdf

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  • Marsha

    Yes - vinegar "helps", but doesn't seem to get rid of them, which is what I'm looking for. It's not so much the itching for me, just the ugliness. Something else I've done - Vick's vaporub mixed with salt. It gives that wowee vinegar feel, and it made me cold; I just hope it helps to make them GO AWAY!

    September 4, 2014

  • Jerry

    I also got chigger bites but only where I didn’t reapply Off/Deet during the second half of the hike.

    September 3, 2014

  • gina m.

    Tylenol pm works along w a spray of vinegar!

    September 3, 2014

  • gina m.

    I've been told chiggers, poison Ivy, and poison Oak. It is all over my body! Still using vinegar, and it does seem to help! Next time, long socks! Double ugh!!!!

    September 3, 2014

  • Teri

    I was debating between chiggers and poison ivy. I have them on my legs and I wore pants!!! Any good suggestions? Driving me mad as I can only sleep a few hours without waking up in agony!!!

    September 3, 2014

  • Marsha

    Are you sure it's not chiggers? That's what I have.. and quite a bit. Arrrgh! My fault for not wearing pants. Lesson learned... I'll have the mushroom pics up soon. Thanks everyone for a great hike and great company!

    September 3, 2014

  • Teri

    Sorry to hear that. I have several bites/bumps that itch. Hope your poison ivy disappears quickly :) I don't have any suggestions.

    September 1, 2014

  • gina m.

    Well, I sprayed vinegar on it, and so far so good. Vinegar seems to be the wonder heal all to so many things. Thought I'd give it a shot. A HOT BATH MAY BE NEXT IF THE VINEGAR DOESN'T WORK. gina

    September 1, 2014

  • gina m.

    As expected, looks like I have a bad case of poison ivy. Any old home remedies? gina

    September 1, 2014

    • Jerry

      You'll like this remedy Gina. Read at the bottom of this article about hot baths. It always works for me. Use the hottest water tolerable. http://www.healthcent...­

      September 1, 2014

  • gina m.

    yes, very strenuous

    August 31, 2014

  • gina m.

    Challenging. Always nice getting to know new people.

    August 31, 2014

  • Jerry

    Thanks Marsha, Teri, Gina, for making my first “girl hike” such fun. I didn’t feel outnumbered at all even on that last gravel hill LOL.

    August 31, 2014

  • Teri

    Great company and a beautiful but challenging hike

    August 31, 2014

  • Teri

    Great company and a beautiful but challenging hike

    August 31, 2014

  • Christopher L.

    Hope you all had a good trip!

    August 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel. I really wanted to join. Hopefully next time.

    August 29, 2014

  • Christopher L.

    I am a big fan of these hikes and have gone to every one I could. I didn't inform the crew at home and didn't realize we have Labor Day plans. Jerry and crew are great to hike with so I am sorry I won't be able to make and particularly sorry for very last minute notice on cancellation.

    August 29, 2014

  • Faye-Rose

    Hate to cancel but got dumped with last minute presentation for upcoming surgical conference this coming week. Need to prep. :/ Hopefully another time!! Want to put my new camelback to use!

    August 29, 2014

  • Jerry

    It looks like this Saturday’s 12 mile hike will be hot. Here are a couple calculators as a guideline for how much water to drink on the trail.

    http://www.camelbak.com/HydrationCalculator
    http://walking.about.com/library/cal/ucwatercalc.htm

    We can lighten our backpacks by caching water at 5.5 and 8.5 miles so please don’t skimp on water - bring plenty.

    August 27, 2014

    • Christopher L.

      Are there any active streams? I am thinking the hike is dry.

      August 27, 2014

    • Jerry

      This segment was dry a month ago except for tiny stagnant pools. I’m guessing that flowing streams from rain in the last few days have dried up already.

      August 27, 2014

  • gina m.

    Jerry,
    Are you still up f hiking on Sun? Looks like it might be just you and I? gina

    August 23, 2014

  • gina m.

    Sat later afternoon will work for me or else Sunday, possibly a little earlier or later. Either is good f me. Let's pick a time. gina

    August 21, 2014

    • Kristian

      Hey guys,
      I've come down with something so I probably won't be able to make hiking this weekend. Go ahead and make your plans without me and if I can knock this bug out of my system, I'll try to meet you!

      August 22, 2014

  • gina m.

    Hey Kristin and Jerry. I am still up for hiking this Sunday at Fort Harrison, Aug 24, preferably later if you both are still interested? gina

    August 19, 2014

    • Jerry

      The Sycamore Shelter parking lot and Lawrence Creek Trailhead parking lot would both be good places to meet and find each other.
      http://www.in.gov/dnr...­

      August 20, 2014

    • Kristian

      Hey guys, I don't think I could stay much later than 6pm on Sunday. Would Sat possibly work better for either of you?

      August 21, 2014

  • gina m.

    Well, I can't hike on Sat or sun the 16th or 17th, but would love to do it the following w/end, either later on the 23 or on Sun, the 24th? Game any one?

    August 11, 2014

    • Kristian

      Hey Gina! I would be able to meet you on Sunday if you're still up for going!

      August 19, 2014

  • Carole

    Gina: I have not hiked with this group before, but i would love to meet you to hike at Ft Harrison. Maybe next Sat or Sun afternoon. That is the 16th and 17th.

    August 10, 2014

    • Carole

      Sunday after 5 works for me. Thx. Anyone else?

      August 11, 2014

    • Christopher L.

      I will probably be on a trail run on Sunday afternoon there. I might see you all there.

      August 15, 2014

  • gina m.

    Would anyone like to join me to train for this hike by hiking around the loop at Fort Harrison Park this sunday and the w/end of Aug 22, 23, or 24? gina minks

    August 8, 2014

  • gina m.

    Yippee! Can't wait! Although I will say 12 miles up and down is along way. Maybe I should start training! See you then. gina

    August 8, 2014

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