A 2nd Easter Weekend Trip! (on the Tecumseh Trail)!

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. :-)

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  • Steph

    Nice background picture we have for the meetup now ;)

    2 · May 1, 2014

  • Sandra M.

    I enjoyed meeting everyone. You made a shy hiker like me feel welcome and comfortable. Looking forward to more adventures. I added some photos and also made a montage which is uploaded to YouTube. (I added a link on the FB group, too)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6xUSWmsS9E

    3 · April 20, 2014

    • Gary C

      Awesome...

      April 27, 2014

    • Katie A.

      Thank you... Found it...

      April 27, 2014

  • Shannan M.

    Great meeting everyone. Hope to hike again soon.

    April 23, 2014

  • Katie A.

    Oh my gosh Sandra..... That little video is great!!! Put a big smile on my face. Love it.. Great pics of the trip.

    2 · April 20, 2014

  • Katie A.

    I had a great time John... Thanks for organizing.... I will try not to be a scared-e-cat next time. :}

    3 · April 19, 2014

  • Gary C

    Outstanding trip! Where do I put my pics? I have one from the first night then a couple from phone because I lost the camera in my pack. Found it and took some photos at the Friday camp.

    April 19, 2014

    • John L.

      I see you found it. Nice pics!

      April 19, 2014

  • John L.

    Truly enjoyable trip with some great folks!

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Mark B

    Great trip! Thanks for organizing John.

    April 19, 2014

  • Gary C

    +1 is backing out. So we are meeting at the north end still then moving in the morning down to Scarce O' Fat?

    April 17, 2014

    • John L.

      sort of. see above.

      April 17, 2014

  • John L.

    Hey everyone,

    Mark is at Yellowwood and relocated the campsite. It is up by the forest office, #73 and #76. Mark is a green Subaru. Should be easy to find him. I am running a little late at work but will be there!

    John

    April 17, 2014

  • Katie A.

    All packed and ready to go....My plan is to leave Sullivan around 4:00. Hoping that will put me there around 6:00. So John I will probably give you a call or text when I get close if I need some directions.

    1 · April 16, 2014

    • John L.

      Ok Katie. We'll all be waiting with bated breath for your arrival :-) Well, except Steph who may be driving through Indy traffic...

      April 17, 2014

  • Mark B

    I am in, will go down early on Thursday to fish a bit if you need a campsite squatter.

    1 · April 2, 2014

    • Mark B

      John, I will send you a text when I get there and hopefully the campsite on the NE side of the lake. I will be in a plasma green Subaru with Boy Scout plates.

      April 16, 2014

    • John L.

      Sounds good Mark.

      April 16, 2014

  • Katie A.

    that is another good question. I am needing to leave on Saturday also. how will I get back to my car?

    April 16, 2014

    • Steph

      I'll have to shuttle my car over Thurs night as well so I can leave Sat. Don't leave without me! I have to get through Indy traffic :/

      April 16, 2014

    • John L.

      Steph we would not dream of doing such a thing!

      1 · April 16, 2014

  • John L.

    Oops! Ok right about now I'm feeling a little embarrassed. What I called Panther Creek parking is actually Crooked Creek parking. At that point we are actually about 2 miles from the end of the Tecumseh Trail.

    So what that means is when we hike 11 miles we will be at Crooked Creek parking when leaving from our campsite at Yellowwood Lake.

    So what I'm thinking is Friday morning we drive over to Scarce O' Fat parking on the south end of the lake and leave from there. By doing that we will get in our 11 miles and camp Friday night on the end of the Tecumseh Trail at Panther Creek. This will put us 2 miles past the cars and an easy 2 mile hike out Saturday morning.

    Let me know what you guys think of doing that.

    April 16, 2014

  • Gary C

    We are going to leave a pickup vehicle for my plus one who has to get going straight away on Saturday. I can't find a Panther Creek parking lot on any maps?

    April 16, 2014

  • John L.

    Hey everyone! Looking forward to an epic weekend on the Tecumseh and meeting/seeing everyone!

    I would like to be on the trail no later than 8:30 if at all possible all three mornings. We should expect a 5-6 hour trip Friday depending on stops and group speed.

    There are a some that have quite a ways to drive either on Saturday or Sunday and have company coming for Easter. In both cases we'll be about 2-2.5 miles from the trail head and cars. If we're up and on the trail early everyone should be able to meet their schedules.

    Hopefully the early morning hikes are ok with everyone!

    The temps look like they will be great for backpacking all weekend! Highs in the 60's and lows in the the mid 40's.

    We have a 60% chance of sunshine on our hike Friday :-). I'll see everyone Thursday night..except for Jo..we'll meet her Friday night.

    Send me an email if you have any questions!

    John

    April 15, 2014

    • Gary C

      Need to check the ratings on my warm weather sleeping bag. Would like to save the pack weight. Looking forward to it! (save for the potential moisture on Friday)

      April 16, 2014

  • Jo L.

    Hey john as much as I am looking forward to seeing you and hanging with the group, my son and I are gonna stay home this weekend.

    April 15, 2014

    • John L.

      Waahh. Party Pooper.

      1 · April 16, 2014

  • Katie A.

    Hey john on thurs. Should i bring dinner.for.camp.or plan on eating before i arrive? Wasnt sure and planning meals

    April 16, 2014

    • John L.

      Hi Katie, I plan on eating dinner at camp. I think it may depend on when you get there. I'll probably be no later than 5:30 or so. If it were much after 6 I would probably eat before arriving.

      April 16, 2014

  • Katie A.

    Hey John, I am thinking about bringing my dog too. Would love to have him with me. I sent Hiedi a message asking if her dog would get along. Would this be okay or would two be to many. Spent the weekend in Deam. Hoping the weather is the same this weekend. Can't wait to meet all of you.

    April 14, 2014

    • John L.

      That said by Gary I have had my dog there without a leash..but she is very well behaved and does not run off. The people that I met on the trail didn't mind her at all but she stays pretty close to me and didn't bother them. So far as more than 1 dog it doesn't matter to me so long as they are socialized and get along with other dogs. With that I'll leave it up to you. Look forward to meeting you!

      April 14, 2014

    • John L.

      One thing I just thought about as long as we are at Yellowwood Lake you might want to use a leash to make the Conservation Officers happy. Once we're past High King Hill ti probably won't matter as much. WE also have some road hiking so keep that in mind.

      1 · April 14, 2014

  • Gary C

    I will be plus 1... can't figure out how to add one

    April 9, 2014

  • John L.

    Here's some good information on the Tecumseh Trail. On this page you can download a trail guide and a gpx file. I have one of their topo maps but if you want one they are $5. Heidi, they have a distance to water matrix on the Tecumseh Trail Guide that you can download. Keep in mind that we will be stopping at Crooked Creek which is about 2 miles before the HNF which is their last point on the matrix. This would make it about 5 miles as there should be water there..even if it's someone's car. :-) I want to make sure that you are comfortable with the distance for Bella. http://www.hoosierhikerscouncil.org/tecumseh-trail/

    April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bringing my golden retriever Bella

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • Gary C

    I am in, possibly a couple guests but me for sure.

    April 6, 2014

    • Jo L.

      Yay Gary!!

      April 7, 2014

  • Katie A.

    Excited about going on this.

    April 7, 2014

    • John L.

      Yep it's going to be a fun trip. Glad you can make it!

      April 7, 2014

  • Jo L.

    I'll be a +1 ..do I need to bring extra money for my son?

    April 4, 2014

    • John L.

      Actually, re-reading the description it looks like it might mean per campsite. It really doesn't say one way or the other. I would in case we get called on it.

      April 4, 2014

  • Jo L.

    Hey john wanna join you but won't be there till Friday night..so can I meet up with u that day?

    April 1, 2014

    • Kyle M.

      You could still make it.

      April 2, 2014

    • Jo L.

      Not if I work Friday too :(

      April 2, 2014

  • Mark B

    Need to change an appointment then I am in until Saturday night.

    March 29, 2014

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