Shirley Creek Trail 12 Mi

Orange County, Indiana

Distance2.1mi
Elevation Gain661ft
Trailhead Elevation851ft
Top870ft
Elevation Min/Max578/870ft
Elevation Start/End851/851ft

Shirley Creek Trail 12 Mi

Shirley Creek Trail 1.2 Mi is a hiking trail in Orange County, Indiana. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 851 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 661 feet. This trail connects with the following: Shirley Creek Trail.

Shirley Creek Trail 1.2 Mi Professional Reviews and Guides

"Located about 10 miles east of Orleans in northwestern Orange County. The West Loops were much better blazed than the East, had less dead wood, and the climbs were farther apart. Even so, plenty of time is spent hike-a-biking due to logs, erosion gullies, and hills that were simply too steep. Whether on the East or West Loop, the defining characteristic of this trail network is elevation.

There are three places you'll be riding here: on the ridge tops, in the creek bottoms, or on one of the hills connecting them. Hit the hills and this is the toughest ride in the state. It's also one of the prettiest, with the trail running along creek channels and under dense woods. The steepest climbs have produced some erosion problems, so those trail sections are slated for relocation. Since there's a stretch where you're riding in a creek bed, it's best to avoid this trail after a heavy rain or when there's snowmelt. On the other hand, the creek makes a nice cool ride in the heat of summer."

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Trail Information

Orange County
Nearby City
Hoosier National Forest, 812-279-3423.
Local Contacts
The Trails Illustrated map or the ROG from the Forest Service.
Local Maps

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Sep 2018