Upcoming Hikes

Hiking Schedule for 2015

FALL
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
SPRING MILL STATE PARK
Spring Mill State Park has several beautiful and interesting trails that are all relatively short. We will piece together all or parts of five trails to make a hike that is approximately five and a half miles long. We will see the pioneer village, the lake, cave entrance, and beautiful hardwood forest, which may have some fall color. We will plan to eat at the lodge or a local restaurant before returning by mid-afternoon.
Leave Time: Depart at 7:30 a.m. from the east side of the K-Mart/Bloomingfoods parking lot, near Clarizz Dr. [Saying east is fine, but we usually park near the NE corner of the lot. I think the problem is that you think in terms of Bloomingfoods, but I think of it as the K-Mart lot since it is on their property.] DISTANCE: 5 miles
HIKING TIME: About 3 hours
DIFFICULTY: Moderate
WINTER
Sunday, January 24, 2016
MILWAUKEE TRAIL
Beginning near downtown Bedford, the Milwaukee Trail is one of Indiana’s newer trails. Currently about 5 miles long, when completed it will stretch to 20 miles. This wide, crushed gravel path, follows an old railroad bed along Spider Creek, as it winds through tall trees and limestone bluffs. It gives one the impression of being in deep woods. Because it is flat, even on a snowy day, it should be easy hiking.
LEAVE TIME: 1:30 p.m. from the Kroger (south), parking lot, at the corner of South Walnut & Rhorer Road, near Wendy’s
DISTANCE: 4 – 5 miles
HIKING TIME: About 3 hours
DIFFICULTY: Easy
SPRING
(FR) April 15, (SA) April 23, (SA) April 30, (SA) May 7
HAYS TRAIL in the Deam Wilderness
We will depart from our usual format for our spring hike by having four hikes instead of one. Saddle Creek Valley, which is accessed by a five-mile round-trip hike on the Hays Trail in the Deam Wilderness, had a spectacular show of wildflowers in 2015. Anticipating that it will be beautiful again in 2016, we are scheduling four hikes to take advantage of the succession of wildflower blooms from early through late spring. Participants can chose to take one to all four of these hikes. The hikes will take place on different days of the week to accommodate more schedules. We plan to return shortly after noon each day.
LEAVE TIME: 8:00 a.m. from the east side of the K-Mart/Bloomingfoods parking lot, near Clarizz Dr.
DISTANCE: 5 1/2 miles
HIKING TIME: About 3 hours
DIFFICULTY: Moderate (hills, uneven terrain, crossing small streams)
SUMMER
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
STONE HEAD NATURE PRESERVE
Stone Head is a 122 acre, privately owned Nature Preserve. The 5.5 miles of woods and meadow trails access wet lands, abandoned farm fields, and wooded hills. Unique stone and metal sculptures along the paths surprise and bring smiles to those who slow down to observe their surroundings. Prepare to relax and quietly reflect as we amble through this outdoor museum.
LEAVE TIME: 7:30 a.m., east side of K-Mart/Bloomingfoods parking lot, near Clarizz Dr.
DISTANCE: 1 – 4 miles
HIKING TIME: About 2 hours
DIFFICULTY: Easy (moderate if you climb in the woods)

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