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Low Gap Backcountry Trail

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Length


10.6 Miles 17.0 Kilometers


964' 294 m

Ascent

-968' -295 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

935' 285 m

High

639' 195 m

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Shared By Marc Shotts

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A challenging and fun trail through the hills and hollows of southern Indiana!

Marc Shotts

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Park at either the main lot or at the smaller Tincher Ridge parking lot 50 yards west. Hike for about one mile down Tincher Ridge before falling off into the Rock Shelter Hollow. See many rock outcropping and a large "rock shelter" before climbing out to a high ridge. The trail follows mostly ridges until it drops and crosses Low Gap Loop Road.

Cross the road and enter the Backcountry Area of Morgan-Monroe State Forest. There is a camping area located near the road. Cross a couple of nice bridges before climbing to the top of Gourley Ridge. Drop again into an isolated valley filled with creeks and pine forest. Depending on the season, wildflowers, wildlife, birds and fungi can be observed.

Climb out of this hollow and head along a fringe of trees with a logging road. Turn left for Low Gap Loop (Tecumseh Trail turns right) and follow the logging trail to Low Gap Road. Cross the road and continue down/up the gravel road which turns back into another logging trail.

Follow this trail past Indiana University Hardwood Ecosystem study (look for the tubing and buckets) until it turns to the left. From there, the trail runs just south of the main forest road back to the parking area. Look for pileated woodpeckers on this section.

Overall, this is a very nice trail with some isolation, especially in the backcountry area.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, squirrel, turtles, birds, woodpeckers, frogs. Typical southern Indiana forest with mostly hardwoods.

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Sep 15, 2018
Randy Poynter
9.9mi
Aug 19, 2018
Brian L
10.6mi
May 26, 2018
David Taylor
One nighter with Sarah. Not alot of water sources anywhere but along the south at Honey Creek. 10.6mi
Mar 5, 2018
Chuck Tumey
Feb 27, 2018
Maree Le
Awesome trail.! Features a series of high points to immediate low points, lots of rapid changes. Definitely worth the hike! 10.6mi
Oct 14, 2017
Tanda E
Had a beautiful day for this hike. We started near the Morgan-Monroe HQ and hiked counterclockwise. So glad we did! Favorite part: Rock Shelter! 10.8mi — 4h 57m
Oct 14, 2016
Kate McConnell
Oct 10, 2016
Kate McConnell
10.6mi

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  4.4 from 10 votes

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