Sheltowee Trace NRT: Section 26
ElevationAscent: 644' 196 m
Descent: -787' -240 m
High: 1,227' 374 m
Low: 1,033' 315 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“Notoriously good hiking along Laurel Lake on the Sheltowee Trace.”— Chris Chaney
Then the hike is a race to the dam contouring in and out of inlets and hollows on well-drained and super fun singletrack.
Take care when passing through the camping areas as there can be foot traffic down to the shore for fishing and boat access and watch for blazes and signs when crossing roads and when passing through the marina area so as not to lose the trail. When in doubt angle back toward the lake. The Trace is never far from the lakeshore in this section.
You can begin at the north end where the Sheltowee crosses 1193 or at the dam. I like starting at the dam because you climb up to 1193 at the halfway point. The benefit of starting at the northern end is that you can also sample the more-technical section of the Trace to the north heading into Cane Creek WMA from the same trailhead.
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