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  1. #301
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    N.E. Indiana
    DIY Insulated 3.5 season
    Boreal Beast UQ
    Straps and rings .
    Just for laughs I decided to document the trail down the hill from the second parking lot . Ill start at the car park .

    After parking the car follow the big trail down the ridge to the northeast from the parking lot . Soon you will encounter an old Beech tree that's been all carved up ( about a hundred paces )

    Now you will want to leave the trail and walk along the edge of the ridge ,still in a north easterly direction . Soon ( about 25 or 30 paces) you will encounter a small Beech tree that somebody carved a Z on . Ironically that Z sort of depicts the shape of the plummet trail .

    As you look over the edge of the ridge you will see an old trail or fire road that slashed down the bluff at a 45 degree angle .You will have to come back to a more westerly direction to follow this trail . In a very short time the trail turns into a gulley as many abandoned trails do so you need to hop up onto the right or north bank of the gulley .
    After about half your descent I noticed this old trail marker ( probabley Mules ) but it might not be there next year .

    You will be descending between two gulleys now and when you get near the bottom another gulley will cut across your path . It's not that deep and you need to cross it and head up a small ridge where you will see these twin and a half huge ( over 2 foot diameter ) white pines . I put a soft ball size geode between the pines that I decided I didn 't want bad enough to hump up that hill .

    You have been travelling in a north westerly direction untill now but you need to turn right or easterly at the white pines . These pines are in a sort of single file line that marches down to the big creek which Sycamore trail follows . You need to cross that creek and follow it to your right or east until you intersect the little trail that goes to campsight two . You will see a little tee pee symbol with an arrow pointing to campsight two but no number on it . You must turn left on that trail and now your heading almost due north . Within just 20 paces or so you will encounter the sign on Sycamore trail that says Campsight 2 with an arrow . As you all know this is where the trail back to crescent valley begins .

    This trail may be known to a lot of you but if you don't know it in wet weather you'd have a hard time scaleing that bluff . Also this trail has been tested by an out of shape 66 year old with a 40 pound pack .
    Last edited by riverjoe; 04-15-2014 at 23:01.

  2. #302

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Thunderbird 11'
    Tarp Maxtarp
    DIY TQ & M50 UQ
    Dutchness + Straps

    5th Annual Hoosier Hang Prize Drawing

    Thanks again to all the Vendors that supported the gear drawing this year!
    Dutchware, 2QZQ, Hammeck, UGQ,and Zpacks

    Last edited by HomeMadeHiker; 04-20-2014 at 12:19.
    Directionally challenged...comicly so.

    Thanks to all the Vendors that supported the 5th annual Hoosier Hang gear drawing!
    Dutchware, 2QZQ, Hammeck, UGQ,and Zpacks

  3. #303
    Senior Member Countrybois's Avatar
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    Jan 2014
    East Central IL
    SLD Trail Lair TR 11.5 x 70
    SLD Winter Haven
    SLD APEX 5.0 U/Q
    Strap/Cinch Buckle
    That last guy sure looks like a rookie!.... Wait... He IS a rookie.

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