Two Lakes Loop Trail is a 11.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near St Croix, IN that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Two Lakes Loop is a 13.5 mile loop trail located near St Croix, Indiana and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Excellent hike. Glad we did this one
I've hiked this trail twice in the last month, first with my 10 year old son, then with my 8 year old. Both times we had a great experience. The first time through we hiked it clockwise and found that the trail re-route signs were removed and we hadn't been alerted to the reroute, so we hiked through the logging area on the way out. Also on the early June hike there were several downed trees along the trail. On July 1 we found that the trail had been mostly cleared of fallen trees and debris.
It is unfortunate to see some of the trash left behind, especially at the campsites. One on the north side of Indian Lake near some bluffs is especially trashy.
There are excellent views and established sites along the trails. Water sources (besides the lakes) were more plentiful in early June, but after a dry spell they were more scarce.
Both hikes we ran into only a couple of people. We saw lots of wildlife, including snakes, numerous box turtles (early June), deer, turkeys, fish, crawdads, toads, frogs, and more.
Husband and I went out this weekend for a short overnight backpacking trip. We started from the first parking area and set out going clockwise around the lakes. We found a great established campsite on the northwest end of Indian Lake with a fire pit and enough kindling left by former campers to last awhile. The trail itself is well-marked, except for a brief spot where it intersects with an active logging road. Follow your map and use your sense of direction and it's not too hard to navigate. The hiking is moderate, some decent hills and challenging enough to not be boring. I would have liked some overlooks up on the ridges, but you can't have it all! Overall we had a fun trip and especially enjoyed a restful evening at our campsite.
This has been on my backpacking to do list for a few years. Took the afternoon off and went out with my son and dog. Parked midway down the connector trail and set off south 0.9 miles to the loop. Headed west toward Indian Lake. There were lots of weeds growing over the trail with an army of ticks on them waiting to hitch a ride. Didn't see many established camp sites so we made our own and hung our hammocks near some rocky cliffs on the North Side close to Tige Creek. Both Tige and Anderson River had a decent amount of flowing water. At night we heard the usual crickets and bullfrogs and also heard some coyotes and owls. I'm puzzled by how so many ticks found their way into my hammock at night.
On day 2 we hiked trough an open area that had been logged a few years ago before. I shake my head when I see large sections of trees cut down but on the other hand enjoy seeing the plants and flowers that are growing there. Then we came to an active logging area. At that point the trail was destroyed by machinery and the white diamond blazes were difficult to find. We felt lost while walking through the crisscrossing tire tracks but eventually found the trail. Once we hit the main road we decided to get off the trail and head to the campground to make lunch and refill our water.
Got back on the trail and headed for Lake Celina. This section of the trail was better established so the ticks were not as big of a problem. There were several camp sites too. We saw some turtles, a rat snake and some leftover pieces of a squirrel that the dog went nuts over. Walked across the dam and had some nice views of the quiet lake and had a nice conversation with one of the few people we saw on the trail.
We originally were going to take it easy and spend 2 nights on the trail but cut it short due to the insane amount of ticks. I might do this again when it's cooler and bring the fishing poles next time. On our way out I talked to the gate guard about the loggers tearing up the trail. He seemed frustrated by this and said he'd report it to the appropriate people.
I just came home from hiking this trail. First of all, it would be great if the gate guard let you know what trails are rerouted. Or, have map inserts that inform you before you make a plan. Secondly... the logging is just a mess. For the first few rerouted miles I couldn't even tell if I was actually on a trail. There was absolutely NO trail grooming. If I didn't already set my mind to it, I would not have chosen this trail. The hike was pretty boring except for the few lake views and deer. Of course, It is a dry spell, so there was zero water to cross. I did meet a few couples, one camping, and a father/son/dog group that I was happy to chat with.
I was told the tick were bad on parts of this trail, but I didn't encounter that issue where I hiked. (around Lake Celine) I was very happy with the trail markers. Easy to follow.
it was a great trail few nice views and few rock features, the two lakes were beautiful, didn't like all the trash on the trails
The best backcountry camping I've found in Indiana. You'll come upon at least 10 fire rings along your journey to set camp.
It's secluded — very secluded. I've hiked it twice (once on a holiday weekend) and only ran into 2-3 small groups each time.
Water can be a little tricky in late summer, unless you don't mind filtering lake water. I prefer streams and clear pools, and have had luck trekking the creek beds to find water in the drier periods.
Made a half-hearted attempt to find Jason Falls, but it wasn't the right time of year — too overgrown, plus the streams were dry, so I knew the falls wouldn't be "falling." I think March would be a great time (warm enough for an adventure, no foliage to whack through, and enough water to witness the falls).
excellent trail. the only thing that I didn't like was the trash people had let at the campsites and the logging operation. we started at the tip of Celina and hiked around Indian Lake. roughly 3-4 fire rings people have left that make great campsites. ill eventually upload the approximate locations to my photos at a later date.
Please pick up your trash! This trail is great. Do it!!!! I would give five stars, but the logging operations and the trash left behind by others make this route less than perfect.
Absolutely amazing! Many different types of terrain.
Good, wide trails. Well taken care of. Next time will check out Jason's Falls.
Hiking trails are very well marked. I hadn't backpacked in years, so the generally hilly terrain was a bit much for me, but they're excellent trails nonetheless.
Didn't do the full loop - instead backpacked from the southernmost access to the connector trail (divides the loop in half) south and east to the levee of Lake Celina.
On the way, we set up camp off the trail (roughly 1 mile in) but while hiking later we found a nice clearing right on the lakeshore. We were a bit worried about the wind, but it wasn't windy at all that night. (Lucky for us, since it was 28F that night). Moved our camp to the lake and enjoyed the beautiful view. (See my photos!) The lake was calm and in the night the stars shone so brightly we could see their reflections in the lake.
Had a ton of fog and a hard frost in the morning, but the sun came up and by 10am, we were able to dry our gear in the sun.
Honestly, this was quite an experience, and I'm hoping to return again.
Great trail, just don't do it after a rain! There is a section along Indian Lake that, after a rain, would be really sloppy if you hiked it. Lot's of drift wood you have to walk over along that section of the trail.
Overall though, awesome trail.
Great trail. Hope you like hills
This was a great trail, scenery was great..saw 6 dear, 4 people..1 turtle & a lizard....I added some pictures...
Great hike, although we only did the loop around Celina. Very muddy, but you can't blame that on the trail, it was rainy for a couple days before we went. A couple nice hills, but it's all worth it. I highly recommend this trail.
Our group of 7 took a backpacking trip here on the weekend of April 4, 2014. We started on the northeast side of lake Celina, split up in two groups then met on the trail. We hiked about 3-4 miles on the trail clockwise around the lake to our campsite on the southeast side of the lake. We camped here, then hiked a little further the next day and camped on the south side of lake Celina near the dam. There is a great place to set up a group camp with a few rocks for climbing enthusiasts, mostly bouldering but a little potential for top rope setups as well. The highest bluffs were approximately 25 feet.
It had rained a solid two days before our trip, which resulted in a lot of flooded areas along the trail. This in turn, resulted in a lot of "buschwacking" and off-trail navigation. Most of the trail only navigating a few hundred feet off the trail...except for the north side of Lake Indian. I went on a longer hike and was not able to cross this part of the lake due to about a 15-20ft deep water crossing. Being dammed lakes with shallow elevation gain in southern Indiana near the Ohio makes the surrounding area of the lakes very susceptible to flooding. I would advise anyone backpacking this trail after a significant amount of rainfall to closely watch the contour map and have a backup plan if the trail is impassable. All that said, this trail was great for early spring and would only be better once the flora starts blooming. Enjoyed the adventure!