The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
- John Muir
(Sunset at Terill Pond)
I know -- I had you at UFO!!!
The Charles C. Deam Wilderness is Indiana's only designated Wilderness area. It covers almost 13,000 acres and has a rich history dating back to the Pioneer days.
This will be the first meet-up in a 4-part series. We will backpack different sections of the Wilderness during each season. Each trip is planned in an area of the Wilderness that will give us the best experiences for that season.
Day 1: We will start our adventure at the Grubb Ridge Trailhead. From there we will go south on the Axsom Trail, where we will get the chance to see some ruins leftover from the Pioneer days. We will continue on this trail until we reach the Firetower were we will stop to enjoy the views from high above the trees and have lunch. We will continue our trek west on the Sycamore Trail - which is a hiker-only trail - Yea! We will find camp near Terill Ridge - where a reported UFO sighting was made in the mid- 1990's. (More on that story around the campfire) We can camp near the ridge, pond or hike down to the shores of Lake Monroe. Approx 8 miles.
Day 2: After a good breakfast we will start our day with a little exploring around the Terill Pond and Cemetery. We will get back on the trail for a short 5.5 mile hike back to the trailhead.
(This hike is the Yellow highlighted sections)
• This trip and all future trips are limited to 10 Adventurers per Wilderness Regulations.
• Each trip will be open for anyone to RSVP. Spots will not be held for prior trip attendance. First come, first hike!!!
• Every effort will be made to abide by the Leave No Trace principles.
• There is no additional fees or permits for these trips.
• We will arrange times, transportation and carpool issues after the close of the RSVP's.
• No animals or guests will be allowed on these trips. We will be sharing some of the trails with horses during the different seasons.
• It is recommended that you have some backpacking experience but will not be required.
• The review for these trails have been that they are easy-moderate hiking.
See below links for more information on the Wilderness: