I hiked most of the planned route on Sat. 4/12 to check out a portion that reopened recently. The reopened area has storm damage and remnants of logging activity making it a challenge to find the trail. This would be a good place to practice map and trail following skills if anyone wants give it a try.
I'm going to recommend 2 liters or 68 ounces of water minimum for this hike. If it is hot or if you are a little out of shape, you should bring more. Additionally, it's important to start the hike hydrated by drinking a bottle of water right before the hike starts.
In places, the briars are abundant so, if you wear shorts, you will want hiking poles or a long stick from the forest. We will be crossing several one-step streams, a few jumping or rock stepping streams, and a few streams that might require creativity :-).
In order to have a speedy shuttle between trailheads and a timely start, it would be helpful to know who is carpooling, driving, or meeting us at Spurgeon Hollow Lake. For those of us in Indianapolis, the easiest way is to meet at the carpool location (below) but I still need to know who to wait for. Please let me know in the comments area where you plan to connect with the group.
Steps on the KT often mean that your knees
will soon be getting higher than your waist.
Near Oxley 4/12/2014
On this next Knobstone Trail hike we will start heading south for 43 miles one segment at a time.
This will be about a 12 mile hike with 8 steep/long climbs and a total of about 2,700 feet elevation gained during the first 9 miles. Depending on the pace of the group it will take about 5-6 hours to complete with additional time for vehicle shuttling between trailheads.
Please do not underestimate your water requirements and bring an ample supply because this hike will be a continuous workout for the first 3 hours. 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. With warmer temperatures, a longer distance, and several steeper/longer hills, this hike will be very strenuous and is not suitable for everyone.
Meet Location and Shuttling Between Trailheads: Meet at 10:00am at the Spurgeon Hollow Lake parking lot (http://goo.gl/maps/zRVLv). From there, we will leave some vehicles and shuttle people to the Elk Creek trailhead for a 10:30am start. The hike ends at Spurgeon Hollow.
S.E. Indianapolis Carpool Location: East Washington St. Plaza, 7803 E Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46219 (https://goo.gl/maps/rFqJ8). 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.
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.
I65 Exit 34 Austin, IN to Spurgeon Hollow LakeSpurgeon Hollow Lake to Elk Creek LakeElk Creek Lake to I65 Exit 29 Scottsburg, IN (https://goo.gl/maps/PD3B0)
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.
Indiana DNR Knobstone Website
Knobstone Trail North Half Map
Knobstone Trail South Half Map