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Indian Kitchen Loop

Intermediate
 3.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice run in the Shawnee.


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4.8

Miles

7.8

KM

97%

Runnable

673' 205 m

High

474' 144 m

Low

359' 109 m

Up

362' 110 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

A fairly easy five-mile run, with a special place in the middle.

Need to Know

Indian Kitchen is the gem of the trail, and definitely worth a look.

Description

This section of the Shawnee National Forest is a designated wilderness area. The trail is not difficult, but not for everyone. There are no blazes, and if you are not confident in your ability to read a map, or are not with someone who knows the area, it is not for you, yet. This being a wilderness area, the main trail maintenance is inadvertently done by the horse riders that use it, and when trails move some, it is not well documented.

Working counterclockwise, you'll take the Indian Kitchen Trail #433 to Indian Kitchen. From there, take the Bear Branch Creek Trail #405. You'll continue on this trail, continuing straight as the 404 trail moves to the right. There will be a downed tree crossing the creek where you cross to rejoin the 405. Runners will continue until reaching the road. Travel south until you hit the parking lot to complete the loop.

Flora & Fauna

Typical Shawnee NF.

Contacts

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A rare ice climbing adventure in Southern Illinois.
Feb 18, 2018 near Golconda, IL
View of Indian Kichen from the top of the canyon. Once you start the descent into Lusk Creek Canyon look right for a small obscure trail. Its very short but leads out onto a bluff overlooking Lusk Creek.
Feb 15, 2018 near Golconda, IL
At the creek
Jun 14, 2020 near Golconda, IL
Frozen Bear Branch Creek
Feb 15, 2018 near Golconda, IL
Water reflection
Jun 14, 2020 near Golconda, IL
Deep woods
Jun 14, 2020 near Golconda, IL

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