BloodRoot - Trail, Andrews, Indiana

BloodRoot - Trail, Andrews, Indiana

DESCRIPTION

The grand opening of the BloodRoot trail was on Saturday, 5/12/07.
The difficulty rating of this multi-use hiking/biking trail is Easy to Moderate. The first 2 miles are mowed grass and will lead you into the Lost Bridge West recreation area. The next 3 miles run along the Southern boundary of the Lost Bridge West Recreation area and are a mixture of mowed grass and dirt trails that run through various wooded sections.
At or near the 5 mile point you will begin to enter the wooded sections of the trail, the wooded sections will last for around 4 miles and have excellent rolling and curvy trails, and several large gully crossings. This 4 mile section of trail runs along the 2,600 acre reservoir and has many excellent vantage points overlooking the water.
The remaining mileage (around 3 miles) is a combination of grass and dirt trail that will lead you back to the trail-head.

There are plans to construct technical “mini-loops” to this main trail. The mini-loops will be 1 to 3 mile technical sections of a varying degree of difficulty. There are also plans to create several tent-camping areas along the trail.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 07, 2008]
Curlymurt
Weekend Warrior

The trail is still being broken in, but it has potential. It offers some nice hills, bridges, and creeks. The grass paths are a nice change of pace, but could be considered boring. It's not the most challenging but is nice for a more lax ride. If lax doesn't sound fun, put it in gear and see how fast you can complete the course.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Dec 10, 2007]
NickHancock
Cross Country Rider

This 12+ mile loop should be fun and challenging for all levels of riders and hikers. The first 5 miles are mostly prairie-grass, and run through and around many woods and natural areas. You will sometimes feel like you are in the wilderness. At just over 5 miles you will enter the fast and rolling woods sections that often-times skirt near the 2,600+ acre Salamonie Lake. The rolling woods sections will last for around 4 miles and then you will return to the BloodRoot Trail-Head via the remaining few miles of mowed prairie grass.

The long stretches of prairie grass might challenge you mentally and physically, because a trail-bed is yet to be established. Just “hang in there” and remember that by riding the trail, you are helping to establish the trail-bed.

Please thank Dennis White (Salamonie Property Manager) and the rest of the Salamone crew for their hard work to get this trail up and running. The whole crew at Salamonie Reservoir is supporting and promoting Off-Road cycling!!!

12/10/07 NEWS Alert: A new 4-mile section of single-track has just been built. This NEW single-track connects to the 12-mile BloodRoot trail and can be ridden as an optional loop i.e. Mini-Loop. The Miami Indians have been asked to help name the trail. The grand opening will be in the Spring of 2008, but you can ride the trail at any time. This new single-track is in a very well-drained area and should stay dry most of the year.

Customer Service

Go into the main gate to Lost Bridge West and park in the BloodRoot parking lot (across from the Interepretive Center) Follow the trail signs and stickers. Some of the signs are orange arrows (the same signs used by snowmobile riders in the Winter time) and some of the signs are directional stickers on fiberglass posts. The trail signs will be continually improved as the trail matures.

Similar Products Used:

Huntington Reservoir (J. Edward Roush Lake)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 15, 2007]
Nick Hancock
Racer

This 12+ mile loop should be fun and challenging for all levels of riders and hikers. The first 5 miles are mostly prairie-grass, and run through and around many woods and natural areas. You will many times feel like you are in the wilderness. At just over 5 miles you will enter the fast and rolling woods sections that often-times skirt near the 2,600+ acre Salamonie Lake. The rolling woods sections will last for around 4 miles and then you will return to the BloodRoot Trail-Head via the remaining few miles of mowed prairie grass.

The long stretches of prairie grass might challenge you mentally and physically, because a trail-bed is yet to be established. Just “hang in there” and remember that by riding the trail, you are helping to establish the trail-bed.

Please thank Dennis White (Salamonie Property Manager) and the rest of the Salamone crew for their hard work to get this trail up and running. The whole crew at Salamonie Reservoir is supporting and promoting Off-Road cycling!!!

5/15/07 NEWS Alert: A new 4-mile section of single-track has just been built. The Miami Indians have been asked to help with the naming of the trail, and the Salamonie staff will be marking the trail. A trail-opening announcement will soon follow.

Customer Service

Follow the trail markers which are mosty orange signs with arrows on them.

Similar Products Used:

Huntington Reservoir (12 miles away)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 08, 2007]
andrew hoffman
Cross Country Rider

The trail description is right on. It's all easy, wide-open trail. No single track yet, just grass and smooth dirt track. Great loop if you are looking to put in the miles and you want a nice view. IF you are looking for a technical ride, then this is not the place.

Customer Service

Extremely well marked

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Oct 08, 2007]
Brent Shock
Weekend Warrior

Being patient with the grass riding pays dividends. The wooded sections are fast and fun. If your just starting out, the down hills and gullies are confidence inspiring. As for the available views ... their awesome. At this point, I would rate the trail at entry level but fun. This may change this weekend with the addition of the mini loops.

Nick is cutting single track the next two weekends, I hope this breaks up the grass riding encountered in the first half of the loop. Tons of opportunities here.

Similar Products Used:

Huntington, Winona

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 25, 2007]
Steve
Weekend Warrior

This is a fun trail to ride. Nick provided a nice recap of what's in store. This 13 mile trail is well marked but lacks mile markers. The loop is almost entirely one way. They even have a Bloodroot Trail patch available at the Otter Run Tradin Post (in the nature center at the trailhead). Safe riding, Steve.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
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