Shades State Park

The boy and I have been itching to get out of Indianapolis and back on the trail after this long cold winter. The past few fair-weather days have been devoted to prepping garden soil and planting a few seeds. I’m not one to garden when it’s wet, so despite the threat of rain today, we headed west out of town.

Sugar Creek at Steamboat Rock
Sugar Creek at Steamboat Rock

It’s no secret that Shades State Park is my favorite park in Indiana, rain or shine, so the boy and I headed to the Sugar Creek park . I had originally thought that some photos of a rain-swollen Maindenhair Falls on trail 2 would be great, but the boy wanted to head down to Sugar Creek first. Trail 2 is only a 1.5 mile loop, but it is listed as rugged/very rugged by the park map. We certainly got a workout going up and down ravines via boardwalk and stairs. We also declined to hike the portion of the trail that follows the stream bed in 50 degree temperatures.

Trail 2 follows a stream bed at the bottom of a ravine.
Trail 2 follows a stream bed at the bottom of a ravine.

That meant hiking one way on trail 2, then reversing our course and trying to make it around the long way to the falls. Unfortunately small legs aren’t built for that kind of workout, and the falls remained out of our grasp. That’ll give us an excuse to go back soon.

Some of the many Trail 2 steps
Some of the many Trail 2 steps
Moss-covered roots
Moss-covered roots
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