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Oriole West Trail

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Everything you could want in a trail through the wooded Hoosier National Forest


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7.5

Miles

12.1

KM

96%

Runnable

831' 253 m

High

449' 137 m

Low

546' 166 m

Up

891' 271 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

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

Need to Know

There are no restrooms or potable water at the trailhead.

Description

The trail starts by meandering through an old pine forest, but then slowly drops for two miles down to the valley and creek where the looping section begins. After significant rainfall, the creek may be more then you can hop across or run through with shoes. Running the loop counterclockwise will take you along a neat section of trail with large rocks on your left and a creek below to the right.

Soon the trail kicks up for a long and steep-ish climb back to the ridge tops. Just after the top of the climb, the small Doan Cemetery will be about 30 feet off the north side of the trail. The trail bounces up and down along the ridge tops for a few miles, but a series of switchbacks around six miles into the run drops you back down to the creek. You'll cross the creek in a different location as you did earlier before starting the long 2 mile climb back to the parking lot. The first two mile section is mostly gravel service road, and the rest of the trail is usually wide enough to run two-wide, but since the trail is open to horses, the surface can be heavily chewed up in places. You'll encounter quite a bit of soft mud if you run this trail after a wet spell.

The trail is fairly well-marked in blue diamonds and rather easy to follow.

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Chris W

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Photos

Springtime daffodils.
Mar 15, 2020 near English, IN
Trail high along the creek bank.
Mar 15, 2020 near English, IN
Wildlife pond in the woods
Mar 15, 2020 near English, IN
Small lake near the trailhead
Mar 15, 2020 near English, IN
Headstone for private William Doan 1836-1908
Mar 15, 2020 near English, IN
Shallow creek crossing a day after a 1/2" of rain
Mar 15, 2020 near English, IN

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