Axsom Branch Trail
ElevationAscent: 346' 105 m
Descent: -318' -97 m
High: 859' 262 m
Low: 566' 173 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“Nice views along both east and west portions (more so in the east), with several creek crossings in the middle portion.”— Erika V
There are several creek crossings along the middle length of the trail. If there's been decent rainfall, your feet will likely get submerged. One of these crossings is next to a potentially confusing area where remnants of the old Blue Diamond loop trail persist. The Blue Diamond trail is no longer marked on current maps. If you find yourself heading almost straight North toward a leg of Lake Monroe, you're not on Axsom anymore!
When you're at the end of Axsom, there's the matter of getting back to your car. You'll have to follow along Tower Ridge Rd for a bit—as well as a 2.4 mile segment of Martin Hollow Trail (or stay on gravel the whole time). Well, unless you plan on getting dropped off/picked up. You could of course simply do Axsom in the opposite direction.
The nice ridge views are what make the trail "worth it" in my opinion. They're not long-distance views, you're looking down into ravines. Better to see through the trees in Winter. It's just enough to make you feel up high.
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Land Manager: USFS - Hoosier National Forest Office