Traveling Ted is a blog that takes readers along on my adventures hiking, canoeing, skiing, and international backpacking. Many blogs focus on one aspect of backpacking, but I tackle both the outdoor adventure side and international exploration as well.

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Every Friday on twitter travelers share their pictures dedicated to a theme. This week it is fall. Since I just returned from a hike with the Chicago Backpackers in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness in the Hoosier National Forest, I thought I would partake in this grand tradition.

Hoosier National Forest

A lot of down trees in the forest

Charles C. Deam Wilderness

Still looked like a lot of leaves from the fire tower

Charles C. Deam Wilderness fall foliage photo essay

The Charles C. Deam Wilderness is a great place to hike in the Hoosier National Forest about an hour south of Indianapolis near Indiana University just outside of Bloomington. On Tower Ridge Road about five miles from Knightridge Road lies a fire tower, which is excellent for leaf viewing. Even though most of the leaves seemed down in the forest, from the fire tower enough reds and oranges were visable to make the scenery spectacular.

Hoosier National Forest

A lot more color in the forest two years ago

Hoosier National Forest Indiana

Another photo from two years ago

Hoosier National Forest

Back to the present time

Hoosier National Forest fire tower

Fire tower: leaf peepers favorite friend

Hoosier National Forest firetower

Way high above the trees


Hoosier National Forest

The effort of climbing the stairs is worth it

If this hike interests you, then check out the Chicago Backpackers page on Meetup or go the the National Forest website for more information. Usually the peak fall color time in southern Indiana is late October to early November.

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