Seemed just not right to let a long weekend go without another good backpacking trip. This will be a great trip designed to get you home Saturday night if you want. You can also stay over Saturday night.
We'll meet Thursday evening April 17th at the north side of Yellowood Lake. That evening we can get a car shuttled over to the Panther Creek parking area.
We'll hike a southern portion of the Tecumseh Trail. This will be a point to point hike from Yellowood Lake north side to the Panther Creek Parking lot which is about where the Tecumseh Trail ends. The total trip is approximately 14 miles. Since we are in state forests Thursday and Friday nights we will need to camp at designated camp grounds. Friday our mileage is about 12 miles from the north side of Yellowwood Lake to Crooked Creek Road where we'll spend Friday night. We'll want to get an early start around 8 am for our trip Friday.
This leaves about a 2 mile hike Saturday morning to the Panther Creek parking lot. If you are staying Saturday night there is a nice camping area about 2 miles further into Hoosier National Forest down by Panther Creek. Note that you are free to camp anywhere once you enter HNF.
We'll need to shuttle a car from Yellowood over to Panther Creek parking lot to carry people back to Yellowwood Lake and retrieve their vehicles.
You can find a (sort of) map here along with mileage information http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/files/fo-YWDTechTrail.pdf
You will need to bring $20 ($10/night) for camping at the state campgrounds. We will camp at primitive sites. May not need it the 2nd night but better safe than sorry. :-)