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Salamonie Lake Trail,IN
“We ll meet at 10am est. Saturday. Route to be determined. This is a new trail, to me anyway. Probably will hike 10-15 miles total. Dont expect a lot of hills!
Anyone been on this trail before?? See ya
Its trail #4 on this map
trail map below
“Sorry, Can not make this one. Have fun! Yo bear!”
“Would like to try this in the spring.”
“why wiat till spring, Knee?”
“ime inn lyke flin”
“hey, whats #6 on that DNR map?”
“Cuz I cannot make it this Saturday”
“the nature center is at the lost bridge west SRA. first right on new holland road”
“Im not sure what #6 is on that map? it seems to be mysteriously missing or removed---oooooh misterious.
ok Knee-catch ya later
Yeah crash Im thinking thats where we'll meet, and was going to confer with rando as he said he has a better map.
Not sure when you were going to head there but I can pick u up , its kinda on the way.”
“We'll meet here saturday!
nature center at lost bridge west SRA.”
“it's very on the way”
I might be bringing another along. He wont know until Friday Pm though.
See ya later.
“Randall is picking Laura up?”
“Oh no, not wonderfool!
weathers looking great
“gonna need the warmer/heavier sleeping bag!”
Atilla. I found my poles and no WK No Laura!!
See ya later.
“That was a nice hike/trail.Thanks for the invite guys.It was nice meeting you,Crash and Attila,I had a great time!I posted video on You Tube.
it was good to meet you too and hope you can make more! Ill post a short trip report soon
“Crash and I met up at the Salamonie Visitors center saturday morn in NE Indiana. After a few wrong turns Randal and Theronmiller arrived. We got our start on the Bloodroot trail heading eastbound after some review of the trail maps.
Interestingly, the name Salamonie came from the Native American (I believe Miami's) name of Osahmonee which means yellow paint. They made yellow paint from the bloodroot plant that grew alot along the river banks.
The bloodroot trail is quite flat the whole way (13 miles). It follows the reservoir most of the way, then makes a elongated loop back,pretty much only feet away from the other side of the trail. This is becuase its used as a snowmobile trail too-complete with one way signs! About half way we ran into a nice big beaver pond. It was real pretty and made for a picturesque spot.
We camped at backpack campsite #2 which was quite nice on a hill overlooking the lake, near the east end of the trail and reservoir. this campsite and campsite one apparently had campers the previous night becuase the fire pits were still smoldering and had numerous empty food cans in them!
We had a cold night-down to 30. No problem we had a great, hot fire to sit around and enjoy. Randal played some harmonico, and I played some penny whistle, and we jammed together some. It was a beautiful clear cold autum night.
The next morning we ate, packed up and hit the trail back. We passed a lot of farm fields next to the woods of the state property on the way back. The Trees had some good color to them still, to contrast agianst the empty agg fields. We made it back to the Visitors center where we had left the cars. Since we started at the visitors center we cut out 2 or 3 miles of the trail. Then we headed to Marion for some vitles.
The dnr website lists a 40 mile trail here, but it is actually a collection of trails. Directly across the street from the Visitors center there is another 10 mile loop; plus another 20 miles of horse/hiking trails that head West from there and extend all the way to the dam. I'd guess those are also very flat given the terrain in the whole area being quite flat.
Also expect lots of hunters in the area during hunting seasons.
“Dam kool video's theronmiller! I didnt know you taped us jammin.”
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