August 18, 2021 UPDATE

Mark your calendars for October 6th, Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM (social time) and 7:00 PM meeting start.  This will be a public meeting at Holliday Park, Indianapolis.  Our speaker will be CIWC  member, Harry Morris.  Harry will present a recap of his recent journey on the Pacific Crest Trail which is 2650 miles and runs through California, Oregon and Washington from the Mexican boarder to the Canadian border.  

More information as the date gets closer.  

July 16, 2021 UPDATE

CIWC has reopened and we are planning trips and member gatherings.  Our next public meeting at Holliday Park is scheduled for the evening of October 6, 2021.  Program to be announced, so stay tuned, it will be announced here, on social media and email blasts.

In the meantime we are working on planning more trips.  We've already had 4 beginner backpacking trips that were spawned from our Beginning Backpacking Class which was held on May 1.  Those trips were all successful.

Keep in mind that dues-paying members always get first notification of trips and most trips do require membership to register.  For the remainder of 2021 all trips will be within Indiana, but we are anticipating returning to a full North American schedule in 2022.  

If you have questions contact CIWC at

The Links below have all been tested and are still active for COVID-19 Status and Updates. 

Center for Disease Control

US National Parks

Indiana Department of Health

The latest DNR update

Knobstone Trail Update

Additionally the DNR Trails Section has contacted us with these suggestions.  

The best practices we have personally been trying to promote are hiking at non-peaks hours (weekends or late afternoon or early evening) if possible as well as considering taking the less popular trails when possible. For example in the Indianapolis area, maybe consider hiking the trails at the Nina Pulliam Ecolab at Marian University or Southeastway Park rather than the those at Eagle Creek Park, Holliday Park, or Fort Harrison that are often very busy. And if you do go to Eagle Creek maybe you don’t try to hike the red trail and instead opt for the green loop or the newer trails on the west side that are less popular.

Update From Hoosier National Forest - Deam Wilderness

If you go out for exercise please use common sense and adhere to the CDC guidelines for social distancing and employ sanitation strategies.  


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