A pleasant, secluded, springtime hike on a moderately rugged trail up and down hills and along ridges. Trail varies among narrow but well-maintained paths, seldom used horse trails with the expected hoof wear on the path to abandoned logging and maintenance roads. Occasional blown down branches and trees, but easy to get around until cleared. Good groupings of early spring ground flowers, plenty of squirrels and some birds.

Do this trail at least 2 times a year and is good as long as have not had a hard rain. Low areas of mud. But beautiful views of the lake.

Not terribly memorable or scenic, but worth a look if the weather is decent. The last couple of miles are too close to camping, ranger station, etc. for my taste.

Lovely walk in the woods. Up a hill, along a ridge and fire road, down into a valley with streams, back up to the ridge, then down to the parking lot.

hiking
3 months ago

great trail, has some good climbs and challenges but nothing too serious. my only gripe is that the trail is not marked real good in some spots. all in all great trail and a beautiful forest to visit

hiking
3 months ago

Well maintained but there is one sign that is marked incorrectly and I hiked 4 extra miles because of it.

hiking
4 months ago

This is one of my favorite condensed trails. I hike it counter-clockwise.

Basically, there is a challenging hill near the start, and a challenging hill at the end. The rest is just fun.

There is a back road with large white rock chunks. This white rock was laid down in about 2014. I can't wait for it to sink into the ground. Also, I have seen rattlers on that white rock stretch, so watch your steps.

The white rock section only lasts for about a mile, and then the trails veers down into the hollow on the left.

I think the is slightly longer than the posted length, a bit closer to 5.

One other thing to listen for in the warmer month is sudden thunder storms. There really is not much shelter on the trail, so check the radar often, too.

Not too bad in the snow. However, it would’ve been hard to follow the trail were it not for someone who had walked it a few days before. I would be careful if you’re planning on hiking right after a snowfall.

hiking
8 months ago

Moderate hike with forest views. Blazes are faded but reliable, fairly well marked for the attentive hiker. We only saw onle other group of hikers as we were finishing ( on a Wednesday afternoon.)

on Scarce O'Fat Trail

hiking
9 months ago

It's a nice 4+ mile loop - not very difficult. The second half is very pretty, you feel like you're in the heart of the forest. However, we were fighting off mosquitoes the entire time so be sure to bring your bug spray!

hiking
9 months ago

Really fun trail! My wife and I have hiked it twice now and love the challenge, though I find it easier than it's described here.

We had a good hike this afternoon but for the life of me when we hit that gravel road I could not find where the trail continues so we doubled back. Novice when it comes to non-state park caliber marked trails I guess. If anyone can clarify how to navigate the fire Road/logging road that everyone's talking about in the comments that would be awesome.

hiking
10 months ago

It is labeled as hard, and it is if you aren't used to the hills and even the size of the rocks on the fire road. We did it at night, 2 adults and 3 kids. we made it, but our imaginations really had us moving at times. About mile 3 we were just over it. Got back to the car, hot, sweaty, and ready for bed. Kids passed out within 5 minutes of leaving Bloomington. Probably a trail that is more fun in the daylight. Either way, it was nice.

*Word of advice, however, when reaching the end of the fire road, pay close attention to the trail markers and the trees. They get a bit dicey at that spot. *

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Good trail.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Great trail. A bit muddy today, but not too bad. Some places had trees blocking the path, but again it was manageable.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

We tried to walk the trail on a Monday after a 3-4 inch rain over the previous weekend. about 1/3 of the way in..it was totally impassable. If we had rubber boots..we might had kept going. It was too bad,because it was sunny and cool and the park was virtually empty. it was a nice,serene and beautiful walk.

hiking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This is not a hiking trail. This is a walking trail. Basically 4 miles of walking on a wide path in the woods and .7 miles of a narrower path and a little rock skip over a creek ( depending on where you park.). The only reason I can think this is listed as hard is due to the hill you have to walk up and the fact it's 4.7 miles.. If your looking for a nice long walk through the woods this is it, if your looking for a challenge look elsewhere.

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Not hard! Moderate, but nice trail.

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Not a bad trail. It was a bit muddy as it had rained the day before. Not a lot of elevation change or steep inclines. More of a walk than a hike. The pine tree sections were nice.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Trail is 4.8 miles v. The 4 posted at trailhead. My real issue is the 1 mile of fire road this trail is on. If doing the loop counterclockwise, first couple miles mostly along a ridge after initial steep ascent. Not a bad hike, other than fire road.

hiking
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Love hiking through the woods along the lake up and down the hills. It is a really pretty hike no matter what time of the year you go. - Does get muddy if it's rained and there are some creek crossings so waterproof boots are best for hiking the trail.

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2017

Was a bit damp and muddy out, that was our own fault. A nice woody trail of ups and downs, dipping a few times into the public roads and picnic areas.

hiking
Thursday, December 29, 2016

This is a great leisurely hike with some easy short climbs and one short steep climb depending on how you start. It does have a section of road but it is not horrible. Lots of nice BC type scenery including by the creek bed. I hike this trail quite a bit and rarely come across other hikers and that is usually on holiday weekends and such.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Beautiful hike!

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Good workout. Enjoyed the hike through the forest sections, didn't care for the logging road section of the trail.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Beautiful area. I did this hike at sunrise and it was peaceful and serene. Not much for scenery but forest. good workout overall.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Love this forest

Monday, August 15, 2016

Great trail

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

great hiking trail

hiking
Thursday, June 16, 2016

I usually hike it twice. Easy way to get in 3 miles. Pretty even terrain and low traffic. I love this trail for a quick fix.

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