Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Hammond In
Hammock: wbbb 1.7 dbl sw1.9 eno
Tarp: oesdel dd superfly
Insulation: 3/4diyuq EEtq
After the Peninsula trail last weekend,I went on the sycamore loop. Due to my lack paying attention I ended up overdoing it and did not hang there that night, tho the two most perfect spots I have seen yet were there! I was truly miffed at myself for passing them up!
So the sycamore is a hikers only trail in the Charles deam wilderness, starting out on a gravel road about 1/4 mile in is the turn off onto the trail. to the right is the first campsite, nice but no water supply and real close to the combined terril ridge and sycamore loop trailhead. Continue down the trail and the first mile or so is swtchbacks down to the creek where right after you cross the first time is awesome site by the creek and small clearing. The second site is set off the trail but marked which imo is the best nestled among big pines and next to the creek seemed to be perfect. ( this is my first mistake thinking im good and these sites get better ) walking and criss crossing the creek among abundant flora and magnifcent trees the third site was nice but didnt look to have a good choice of hanging trees. ( second mistake not making time to really check it out) ONward to the fourth where by now i decided that it was mine but aloas a family was there.adn thats where the trail turns and heads out of the floor and back up. no climbs real steep but steady. some marvelous forest to walk thru. at the top there was another campsite but the pond was pretty stagnat and the trees around the site had widowmakers( ahh good decision) . and then about another mile or so your back on the gravel road. go north to another pond and the terril cemetary or south back to the begining.. that is what i did by this time ten miles in one day w 40 lb pack (30 on this trail ) blisters on my feet and swollen i thought better get to truck and as luck would have it two decent climbs on the road itself! hehehehe
so all in all a good hike and one i want to do again badly but from what i hear once summer sets water is rare in the creek.
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Last edited by mountainhanger; 05-09-2012 at 10:32..
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Columbus, IN
Hammock: WBRR, Lots of DIY
Tarp: MacCat; Cloudburst
Insulation: HG-UQ, TQ; WB-Lynx
Suspension: Whoopie Sling
We hiked Sycamore in the winter. Nice trail. I suggest hiking it the opposite direction to end up at the campsites toward the end instead of the beginning.
I hike it continually with the dog and a full pack load just for a workout before tripping out of state..its the cleanest of them all in my opiniion and away from the horse trails which are always a mess no matter what time of the year. Just be careful during the hunting seasons as your close to hunters especially during deer season.
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Seymour IN
Hammock: One given to me by Acer
Tarp: Kelty Noah's tarp
Insulation: Body Fat
Suspension: Mule's Special
I live only 30 minutes from there.....hike it as much as i can. Love it.
If you bypass the loop, and go north, you will come to the grave yard....pretty cool place, and just West of that was the site of the Halloween Hang....
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Alexandria Indiana
Hammock: DIY Whipped End
Tarp: MacCat Dlx.
Insulation: DIY UQ by Mule
If you look at a map of the Sycamore Loop Trail. You will notice inside the loop is a small valley. Due to it's shape it is referred to as Crescent Valley. It is off the trail so it is a bushwhack. Beautiful small out of the way place where one can usually find solitude.
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Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Bloomington, IN
Hammock: WBBB 1.1DL
Tarp: GuideGear 8.5x8.5
Insulation: PLUQ/CCF Pad
Just did the Sycamore this weekend
Great trail! Much easier going than the Grubb Ridge Loop (or maybe the poles and better conditioning this time out helped). I did it in the opposite direction, starting off in the direction of Terrill Cemetery, and had the luck of nabbing the campsite by the creek with the raised firepit and makeshift benches. Hiked out at 5am after getting woken up by the rain. Had a little trouble spotting the trail on one of the creek crossings, but otherwise went smoothly.