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Dayhike to Deam Wilderness

July 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Yesterday I set out on a quick day hike with my son Cameron.

We decided to make a trip to the Deam Wilderness in the Hoosier National Forest, to scope out a potential Camping site near the Terill Ridge Pond and maybe a few that are beyond that near Monroe Reservoir.

It has been so hot lately we have not been out nearly as much as I had hoped this summer. Temperatures were still planned to be in the 90s but we decided to make a go of it anyway. We left about 8 Sunday morning (about an hour later than planned) but it turned out to be perfect. Cam wanted to take subway in for lunch and it turns out that subways don’t open until 9 on Sundays. It takes about an hour to get to Bloomington so we picked up lunch at a subway in Bloomington near the trailhead. After lunch was secured we finished the 20 minute drive to the Hickory Ridge Parking Lot.

We hiked back to a cool old cemetery that is about 2 miles from the trailhead. The Deam wilderness was occupied with homesteads from the 1820’s until around I believe around 1940. I know there are still some old homestead remnants around that I hope to hike to someday. The Terill Ridge cemetery is one of 2 with in the wilderness that I am aware of. You can find head stones from the 1800’s to the 1990’s pretty cool to see that kind of history all in one place.

From there we headed down a trial about 3/4 of a mile and found the Terill ridge pond and the campsite near it. For such a short hike we will have to check it our some time.

We headed down the trail hoping to find some of the other campsites that are supposed to be back there. After about another 3/4 of a mile we found another site at the top of the ridge very close to Monroe reservoir. We could hear the boats in the distance. This was a beautiful area among some old growth trees with a great breeze so we decided to sit down and eat our subway sandwiches.

After eating lunch we were starting to get a little tired and it was starting to get hot and very humid, they had actually had a little rain in the area that morning. Not enough to help with the drought but certainly enough to really increase the humidity level under the tree cover. We decided this would be a good spot to head back from since everything from here was heading down a very steep hill towards the lake and that would mean a very steep climb back out. Maybe next time we thought. On the way back we saw a cool little turtle and a cool looking butterfly (It could be a moth for any insect experts out there, I will never claim to be an expert on bugs)

We made it back to the parking area, put our packs in the van got a drink and headed up the fire tower. It was a clear day and the tower has some of great views of the area.

In the end we hiked probably a little under 7 miles but it was a great day. It always good to spend a day just me and Cameron plus we did not see another person the whole day on the trail so it felt like everything was there just for us!

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