With the weather gradually starting to change to what we would normally call Spring temperatures, it's not only time to get your hiking boots on again but to fire up your cameras as well. For this hike, we'll be not only be putting in several miles in great territory, but this will be a more photography-centric hike. Like much of southern Indiana, Yellowwood has some great scenery, so we'll be hitting the trails and getting some good shots of the forest as well. Everyone's welcome as usual, yet the pace may be slower than usual as we allow for some picture taking to take place.
Our plan for the day will be to hike around Yellowwood Lake and then do part of (or all of, depending on how we feel) the Scarce O' Fat trail. All in all, we'll be doing between 7 and 9 miles all total.
We'll meet at the Forest Office/Visitor Center, where we'll be parking. To reach the park, take State Highway 46 (between Bloomington and Nashville), and turn north on Yellowwood Road, which after some twists and turns will take you into the park. An old convenience store called Knight's Corner is on the corner of Yellowwood Road and Highway 46. A gravel road called Jackson Creek Road off of Hwy. 46 will also get you to Yellowwood Road, but I haven't taken that route before and don't know how quick it might be. I think some folks also have taken Hwy. 45 east to Lanam Ridge Road, and then found Yellowwood Road, which goes south to the park. Any online map source should also be able to help. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources page for the state forest can be found here (http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/4817.htm).
Car Pool Info: At 12pm, our usual north-side car pool will be gathering along the west side of Broad Ripple High School (1115 Broad Ripple Avenue) in the free parking spots along Compton Street just south of Broad Ripple Avenue (this is not a parking lot; we park on the street and usually gather on the sidewalk under the tree near the cement bench). The best places to park are directly beside the high school between Broad Ripple Avenue and 62nd Street. These spots are free on Saturdays.
Car pool @ 12pm
Hike @ 2pm
Trails: Moderate to rugged
Length of Hike: 7 to 9 miles
See you on the trails,