Route: Charles C. Deam Wilderness Loop (IN)

Submitted by Peter Hogg on Fri, 11/06/2020 - 05:46am
Location
Indiana, US
Distance
25.6 mi
Vertical Gain
2500 ft
Description

This route is a circumnavigation of the main trails of the Charles C. Deam Wilderness area just south of Lake Monroe. It can be started anywhere along the route and run in either direction. Easiest starting points would be the Blackwell Horse Camp or Hickory Ridge Tower.

Trail map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd603162.pdf

From the Hoosier National Forest Website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/hoosier/recarea/?recid=41554): The Charles C. Deam Wilderness offers 36 miles of trails for hiking, backpacking, and horse riding through scenic hardwood forest and varied terrain with views of nearby Monroe Lake. The area was designated a wilderness in 1982 and encompasses nearly 12,953 acres of the Hoosier National Forest. Wilderness designation places this area in a special legal status (subject to the 1964 Wilderness Act). It is managed to preserve a natural condition and provide opportunities for solitude.

GPS Track