Hike the 3 Lakes Trail, Morgan-Monroe State Forest

This Saturday just freed up. This hike is probably 11 miles now due to some reroutes. We will start at the Bryant Creek Shelter, stop for lunch at the Cherry Lake Shelter. Bring water snacks and a lunch. I would rate this difficult due to it’s length and there are some decent hills.

Hike Knobstone Trail Delaney and Spurgeon Hollow Loops

This 9 mile loop trail is rated difficult and if it’s like the mainline Knobstone Trail, it will be hard. I haven’t hiked this portion before, but be ready for steep hills with no switchbacks. Bring a pack with 2 liters of water as well as snacks and a trail lunch. Bring your hiking poles due to the steep terrain.
We will meet at the Gander Mountain 1049 N Emerson Ave, Greenwood, IN 46143, Country Line Road and I-465 at 8:30 AM departing promptly. This hike should take 5-6 hours arriving back at Gander Mountain around 5-6 PM.
This should be a good challenge along with some great scenery. A great practice hike to get ready for the Season!

https://goo.gl/maps/Muevi2GPBzC2 Spurgeon Hollow Location

https://goo.gl/maps/JhnAfX4qFFR2 From Seymour Exit on I65

https://goo.gl/maps/LN5ukc2KoqM2 From Austin Exit on I65

April Fools’ Hike at Pate Hollow

Wear something silly and come a hike an 8 mile loop trail on the Pate Hollow trail in Hoosier National Forest. 

This will be a practice hike for members on some of the long distance trips this summer, but all are welcomed. 

Bring water and snacks for the trail. Those in training should wear their full packs. 

After the hike, those who wish can eat at Trailhead Pizzeria before heading home. 

Those carpooling from Indy can meet in the parking lot of the Kroger store at 1330 W. Southport Rd., Indianapolis at 9:00 am to car pool to the Paynetown parking lot. Please indicate in the comment section below if you plan to do this. 

On any club related trip, including Meetup outings, please be prepared to sign the club waiver (release of liability) and provide emergency contact information. The information would be used to make contact with someone, on your behalf, should an unexpected emergency arise while enjoying a club activity.

Backpack at North Country Trail/Manistee River – Michigan

Trip Leader: Steve Kinch   Email  skinch@comcast.net
Cost: $105 (paid in full at time of registration)
Cancellation Date for refund: May 8, 2017

Register @ https://ciwc.wildapricot.org/event-2392744

Come join us on this 3-day weekend backpack trip in the Manistee National Forest of Lower Michigan. We will meet and drive the club van to Red River Bridge to start our adventure. The 1st day we will hike for a couple of miles on the Manistee River Trail and make camp. This short hike will wet our appetite for the next day’s hike. The 2nd day will be the jewel of the trip. We will have stunning vistas of the river and the forested west shore. We will cross a wooden replica of the mighty Mackinaw Bridge and continue on the west side of Manistee River. We will cover 8-10 miles on the 2nd day and camp near Eddington Creek on the North Country Trail.

3rd day we will hike the NCT back to the van for the ride to Indianapolis. We will cover 7-9 miles.

The club will provide 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners. Each hiker should be prepared to carry some extra weight as we divide up the group food and equipment. Hikers are responsible for all meals in transit, as well as snacks and lunches on the trail.

We will leave Northern Indianapolis area (Location TBD ) approx. 9am for the 5.5 hour drive.

Adults only
Group Size: Maximum 8 Minimum 7
Wilderness Level: 3 
Difficulty: Moderate – 8 mile maximu

Utah Adventure: Capitol Reef to Grand Staircase Escalante to Bryce Canyon

Only two spots left on this Utah Adventure to some of the most scenic areas of the southwest  

To register be prepared to make a $150 deposit and follow this link: 


Utah Adventure: Capitol Reef, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bryce Canyon

May 6-14, 2017 

Trip Leader: Leslie Green lesliekgreen@gmail.com

Co Leader: Lisa Forester  lisajforester@comcast.net

Type of Trip:  Backpacking and sightseeing

Cost: $445

Cancellation Date and full payment: March 1, 2017

Adults only

Maximum number: 10 Minimum number: 8

Wilderness Level: 4  Difficulty: Rugged, Challenging

This trip will be a tour through the geological wonders of southern Utah, several of which are lesser known and more remote than more famous destinations, but still quite spectacular. Starting in Capitol Reef National Park, we’ll take a day hike or two to look down upon the Waterpocket Fold, a massive landform travelling a length of 100 miles through the canyon.  Then we’ll take a two-day backpacking trip to Lower Spring Canyon Trail a 10 mile, cathedral-like hallway that combines easy canyon hiking and foolproof route finding with sights like lush cottonwood stands and massive sandstone amphitheaters. Next we’ll travel on to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and take in the splendor of the scenic byway between Boulder and Escalante, Utah. In this area we’ll take day hikes to some slot canyons and waterfalls before heading out for a three day backpack hike through Coyote Gulch a semi-narrow canyon that snakes its way down through incredible red rock country, passing a good number of arches, as well as the hardy wetlands that thrive within the shade and moisture of Utah’s desert oases. Before heading back home we’ll visit Bryce National Park and hike the Queen’s Garden Trail. 

 The price includes all camping and lodging for 8 nights, 3 dinners and 3 breakfasts on backpacking trips three breakfast at hotels, park entrance fees, and van transportation.  Meals on the road and in trail towns, lunches, and snacks are at your own cost.  Round trip airfare to SLC of about $350-$450 is also additional. 

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Brown County Hiking Week-End February 10-12

There are just a few openings for this trip.

Come spend a winter week-end on the hiking trails by day and in the family cabins at Brown County State Park by night. A combination of hiking, recreation and relaxation will be a great way to get over the winter blahs.

Arrive at the cabins of Abe Martin Lodge on Friday night in time for a family style dinner followed by a night hike on the trails nearby. Afterward an outdoor bonfire or a wood fire in the cabins will provide a great way to relax and visit with your week-end companions.

Saturday morning we’ll travel to Story Inn for a delicious breakfast and then head out to the trails in the Nebo Ridge area. The views from the ridge should be beautiful through the bare trees of winter. Back at the cabins in the late afternoon we may take a soak or play on the slides at the aquatic center at the lodge. Our slow cooked meal will be waiting when we are finished with our activities.

After breakfast in the cabins on Sunday we’ll take one last hike in the Ogle Hollow before heading home.

The cost of $150 includes lodging in the cabin with up to four others, one breakfast and two dinners. Breakfast at Story, and entrance fees to the Brown County Park is at your own expense.

To register for this trip, you must sign up at this link:   https://ciwc.wildapricot.org/event-2387441 

You will be contacted by the leader with more information.  

Backpacking Class – Free!!

The Central Indiana Wilderness Club will present a FREE backpacking class, which is open to the public, on Saturday, March 4th from 9:30 AM until 1:00 PM. The location is the Holliday Park Nature Center (6363 Spring Mill Rd., Indianapolis, IN). Topics will include selecting pieces of gear (hiking boots, sleeping bags, tents, packs, clothing and accessories), learning about “minimalist” backpacking, how to “pack” a backpack, trail safety, water treatment, stoves and cooking, first aid, staying comfortable, and backcountry ethics such as “leave no trace”.

Ever wanted to try backpacking but didn’t know how to get started or where to go? This class is perfect for both novice and experienced backpackers, and a good place for anyone to pick up and share new ideas.

The Central Indiana Wilderness Club has been offering affordable backpacking trips (as well as other adventures) since 1982. For over 20 years the club has presented its annual backpacking class. Come to this class and get on board to take backpacking trips as close as southern Indiana, or as far away as you can imagine. The presenters are seasoned adventurers with experience in places such as the Appalachian Trail, Pikes Peak, the Canadian Wilderness and more. Don’t miss this FREE class! Contact Nicole Oehler (ciwcinfo@gmail.com) with questions.

The Central Wilderness Club is a not-for-profit volunteer-run club founded for the purpose of providing reasonably priced backpacking, hiking, canoeing/rafting, biking, cross-country skiing and and other wilderness adventures for members. Membership is open to anyone with a real interest in the outdoors.

Check out the comments for a list of door prizes!!!

2017 Canoecopia Paddlesports Symposium and Show

To register for this trip you must go to the following Address: https://ciwc.wildapricot.org/event-2377717

Leader: Elden Hartman: elhart54@sbcglobal.net
Co-Leader: Roger Coulter: jroger7@aol.com
Trip Fee: $170.00 Family Rating: Adults only – limited to 10 participants.

Canoecopia at Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI is the largest paddlesports trade show and educational symposium in the world. The show features more than 200 exhibitors, outfitters, and guides, in a 250,000 square foot exhibition hall full of canoes, kayaks, standup paddleboards, outdoor equipment, and clothing. Over 100 presentations scheduled at multiple times over the weekend will inform, entertain, and inspire you. We will be occupying two rooms at the Clarion Suites Hotel, which is connected to the convention center. The rooms are furnished with two queen beds and a sofa bed, microwave, and mini-fridge. Rooms include a complimentary full breakfast buffet, exercise room, and happy hour snacks and drinks. The trip fee does not include admission to the three-day show. The three-day weekend pass be purchased at the hotel or box office for $25.00, or may be ordered online from Rutabaga (the show sponsor) at https://www.rutabaga.com, for a discount rate of $22.00. To view the Canoecopia 2017 show guide, go to: http://www.canoecopia.com. You can request a Show Guide be mailed to you, and order wristband admission tickets on the www.canoecopia.com. We will travel in the CIWC van, leaving at approximately 9:30 a.m. from the northwest side of Indianapolis. We will eat lunch on the way and arrive in time to check in at the hotel by 3 p.m. The Friday show hours start at 4:00 p.m. We will leave the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI on Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m., and arrive home around 9 p.m.

Turkey Run State Park Day Hike

We will be hiking approximately 9 miles in Turkey Run State Park. We can decide which trails we take based on the weather and how adventurous we are feeling. Turkey Run is a beautiful park. Sites we may pass include the suspension bridge, Narrows Covered Bridge, or Camel’s Back.

Trails can be rugged so wear appropriate footwear. Bring water and snacks or lunch to eat on the trail. There is a $7 fee to enter the park so consider carpooling to save $ and the environment.

The park is located at 8121 East Park Road, Marshall, Indiana

We will be meeting at Wal-Mart Brownsburg at I-74 exit #66 – State Route 267 8:00 am to carpool.

Please message Steve with your name and cell phone number if you are planning to carpool.

Others can meet us at Turkey Run at 9 am. Meet at the South East corner of the Nature Center Parking Lot (Near Shelter D).

Out and back day hike Morgan Monroe State Forest

Out and back day hike Morgan Monroe State Forest Saturday, February 4th 10am.

Let’s plan on meeting in the parking lot of the Kroger store at 1330 W. Southport Rd., Indianapolis at 9:15am to car pool to the Low Gap Backcountry parking lot for a hike to Bear Lake for lunch.

The round trip hiking distance is between 9-10 miles of moderate terrain. We will eat lunch and linger for a while at Bear Lake before hiking back to our vehicles.

Bring trail snacks, lunch and water.

Also extra shoes for the ride back, as it could be a muddy hike. If there is snow on the ground, we may opt to start our hike from the Low Gap Trailhead on Forest Road due to steep incline of the entrance to Low Gap Backcountry parking area.

On any club related trip, including Meetup outings, please be prepared to sign the club waiver (release of liability) and provide emergency contact information. The information would be used to make contact with someone, on your behalf, should an unexpected emergency arise while enjoying a club activity.