Hike @ Harden Lake

We won't be letting August go by without getting one more hike in, and for this event we'll be headed west of Indy to Harden Lake, which is part of the Raccoon State Recreation Area. It's a pretty moderate park with a few ups and downs, and I'm hoping the weather will be on our side. Our plan for the day will be to hike one big loop through the park that will take about 2 1/2 hours. We'll be starting with trail 3 and then hit 4, 1, and 2, taking us back to where we started.

Admission to the park is $5 per vehicle.

For anyone who wants to meet us at the park, we'll meet at the parking lot where trail 3 begins. Once you pass through the gate house, you'll pass by the property manager's residence and later pass a beach house, and then the parking lot will be on your right. A map of the park is located here.

Car Pool Info: NEW LOCATION! To avoid the Farmer's Market crowd, our car pool will be meeting a new location for this hike, so please be aware that we will not be meeting alongside Broad Ripple High School. Instead, we'll meet along the west side of Bishop Chatard High School, which is on the corner of Kessler Boulevard and Crittenden Avenue, at 5885 Crittenden Avenue. The parking along the street is free and we'll meet on the sidewalk in front of the school at 9:30am.

Please note:

Car pool @ 9:30am

Hike @ 11am

Trails: Moderate

See you at the hike,

Michael

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  • Charlotte

    Didn't particularly like the gravel trails.

    August 28, 2013

  • Leigh Ann P.

    Great to connect & get away - thanks!

    August 24, 2013

  • Joyce N.

    Great people, nice place . Very good hiking experience!

    August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice hiking and great people! Good workout too!

    August 24, 2013

  • Debbie J.

    3 of us on our way, due to get there a few minutes past 11.

    August 24, 2013

    • Debbie J.

      We got lost, guess we will do our own hike!

      1 · August 24, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    Errands got the better of me today. Next time...

    August 24, 2013

  • Elliott

    Sorry for last moment, had a few kids that needed my help to make a ball team.

    August 24, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    On my way.

    August 24, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    On my way.

    August 24, 2013

  • Lisa G. Y.

    Does anyone want to car pool from Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville?

    August 23, 2013

    • Lisa G. Y.

      Great, Leigh Ann. I'll be at the Paradise Cafe parking lot at 9:00 if you want to join me.

      August 23, 2013

    • Leigh Ann P.

      Lisa, ty & apologize for late notice - i'll go with the other carpool - hope to meet you!

      August 23, 2013

  • Sissie O.

    sorry I cannot make it tmr. Really want to go! Hope to join the next event very soon!

    August 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in the Carmel area, and have room for 2 in my car, if anyone needs a ride. Could rendezvous at 126th and Meridian, park near OSSIP Optometry.

    August 23, 2013

  • Leigh Ann P.

    are people meeting for snak after this hike?

    August 23, 2013

  • Charlotte

    I live Speedway area and will be driving and have space for (2) riders. If anyone wants to ride w/me, I'll leave from the Speedway station at 10th & Lynhurst at 9:30 and if not, I'll meet at Chatard and tailgate.

    August 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was just out there for a week last month. There are some great trails and wonderful views. Be prepared as the flooding earlier this year washed out some of the bridges. It is dry enough now that you should be able to hike through but if you hit a spot you can't get through, there are quite a few 'scenic' trails back to the road so you can hike back to the road and go down a little ways to the next 'scenic' trail and pick back up on the other side.

    August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rosalee and I will be meeting you there:)

    August 21, 2013

  • Igor

    I was looking forward to this but there was a small emergency in family last night that requires me to stay home this weekend with girls. I'll sign up for next one, schedule permitting. Have a great time!!
    e

    August 21, 2013

  • kareno

    this will be my toy first encounter with this group and i'm looking forward to meeting some folks that love the outdoors!!

    August 18, 2013

  • Jeannie

    Work conference that day, boo.

    August 18, 2013

  • Vicki A.

    I am really looking forward to another hike with this group. I need to skip this one in order to attend a fundraiser for a 3 year old with cancer. Hope you have great weather and a good time.

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Charlotte

    My guest is tentative, I will confirm with a week before.

    August 12, 2013

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