Peninsula Trail

MODERATE 144 reviews

Peninsula Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bloomington, Indiana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
790 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Grubb Ridge Loop Parking

backpacking
1 month ago

I've hiked the trail a few time aover the years. My last trip was July 7-8 with the family. The trail is relatively easy. Both my non- hiking wife and just turned 7 year old got through it without any major complaints. The trail was busy but not crowded and there are lots of decent campsites. The trail have some very nice scenery thanks to the lake views and pine forests. That said, I would argue that the woods are always better in the fall. There were a few spots that we're muddy but, there were always walk-arounds. Most surprisingly, the trail and campsites were clean and nearly devoid of trash. I've seen the area around the lakeside campsites completely trashed before. I suspect there had been a recent clean up effort or, people have finally quit being slobs. lol

hiking
1 month ago

There is about 6 miles in of gravel road to get to trail head. The trail is used for horses and is not really very scenic until you get to the pine forest part - it improves at that point. Although we enjoyed this trail it is not one we would do again.

1 month ago

Good and relaxed. The lake is amazing. Bring floating gear to chill in the lake. Your shoes will take a beating from all the horse shit. It's a horse/walk trail. But had fun.... Cheers

backpacking
1 month ago

Super muddy in certain areas but there is walk-around paths to avoid it. Very beautiful. Some areas were just breathtaking. My 5 year old cane along and loved every minute of it!

backpacking
2 months ago

This was a great warm up backpacking trip for the season. The views from the peninsula are breathtaking! They made the somewhat muddy trail totally worth it!

backpacking
2 months ago

Great camping with beautiful sunsets over Lake Monroe. The swimming was great to get all the mud and dirt off. One of our only complaints were about the trail, it is heavily trafficked by horses so it was very muddy for a large portion of the hike. Our doberman loved the hike and the camping.

hiking
2 months ago

Lost of horse poop. Decent camping spots once you hit the lake.

3 months ago

My brother and I hiked this trail a few different times. Easy hiking and beautiful landscape. The campsites along the lake near the end of the peninsula are absolutely flawless with phenomenal views!

backpacking
3 months ago

First time on the Peninsula Trail and we loved it. It was crowded but the weather was perfect and we got one of the last spots on the west side of the peninsula. One of the prettiest sunsets I’ve ever seen. The trail was a little damp but not too bad. Can’t wait to go back when the water is warmer so we can swim!

camping
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

*we found an E-collar at the beach section of this trail today. Pertainer brand with a black colllar. I put it on the bulletin board in the flyer box.*
Great hiking spot. Gets muddy and slippery on parts of the trails from the hose back riding.

4 months ago

Great trail for novice backpackers. We only saw a handful of people while we were on the trail, but the camp sites by the lake get full as the day goes on. Very dog friendly.

backpacking
4 months ago

This isn't a terribly challenging trail, plan on 2 hours or so to get from trailhead to camp. Great trail for a beginner or if you are taking someone backpacking for the first time. You get a little challenge and a pretty good payoff of lake views. Several easy to find campsites make for a comfortable stay with beautiful lake views. Enjoy!

backpacking
8 months ago

Awesome one nighter on Dec 2 weekend. Beautiful views. Didn't see much wildlife, although we did see an eagle cruising over Lake Monroe. Last weekend of hunting season, we did hear numerous gun shots in the evening and morning. Encountered one hunter who was processing his deer on the trail. I'll do this trail again, but not during hunting season.

backpacking
9 months ago

backpacking
9 months ago

The trail was beautiful! Well marked. It is also well maintained. We chose a camp site out by the beach. A great weekend!

9 months ago

Hiked in for the weekend and found a great campsite. They're not all easy to find- just look for the fire rings. Wonderful fall weather and great views. The hike in was pretty moderate but felt like it went quickly.

backpacking
10 months ago

Great hike! Took my 8 year old son and spent the day fishing at our awesome campsite. The hike itself wasn’t difficult and the change leaves made for a pleasant time. I really enjoyed the old forest pine trees. We caught several bluegill and a bass from the shore.

backpacking
11 months ago

backpacking
11 months ago

Favorite trail in Indiana, and one of the finest in the Midwest. A short distance right outside of Bloomington makes this an easy weekend trip. My law school buddies and I hiked this trail four or five times and would drive down from Indianapolis to hit the trail.

The scenery is great, and the terrain isn't extremely difficult. The views of the lake at the end of the peninsula are beautiful and with proper planning you can find some beautiful campsites. The campsites are level for the most part, and are very well-used so there are established stone fire pits everywhere. Further, all the tree cover provides a lot of great spots to put up the hammock!

hiking
11 months ago

Love the camp sites at the end of the trail. Bring water shoes, the rocks are way hard on the feet.

backpacking
11 months ago

great trail gorgeous view the campsites are directly by the lake! lovely weather. Bring a swim suit cause you are probably going to want to swim in the lake!

backpacking
11 months ago

Parking: Park in the Grubb Parking lot. It's not really a parking lot. It's a giant clearing with gravel on the ground. Everyone crambs their cars into it like a giant puzzel. I arrived at 8am on a Sunday morning. Almost every spot was taken. That's because people were back packing from Friday, Saturday. I was able to get a spot.

Trail. If you take the Grubb Trail to the Peninsula Trail it's about 5 miles in one direction. It took me about an hour and 50 minutes. The terrian on the Penninsula Trail is slightly down hill heading to Monroe Lake. That means it's up hill on the way back. You don't notice the slope of the terrain until you head back.

Camp sites: Absolutely beautiful view of the lake. Breathtaking sunsets.

Swimming: Bring water shoes if you plan on swimming. The beach is all sharp, slippery rocks. No flip flops or sandles. WATER SHOES!

backpacking
Friday, August 11, 2017

Went to Deam in June for 4 days and 3 nights and had an awesome time. The peninsula trail was not too bad a hike at all. From the lot it took me about two hours to get there. I added some extra weight to my pack with a fishing pole and it was worth it. The first night I caught my dinner from the lake. Some advice, take something to hang your food. I had a raccoon come into my camp the first night and tore a hole in my pack for some nuts I forgot I had in there. Mosquitos weren't bad. I didn't use bug spray the whole time. The ticks on the other hand were EVERYWHERE! Overall it was an awesome experience for my first solo trip. I met some cool people and learned a few things.

backpacking
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Had an amazing time--pretty flat, easy to follow trail. The ~4 miles of gravel road to get to the trailhead tested my car's suspension, but it was a really nice, well kept road. Filtered water for our group right from the lake (pre-filtered it through a bandana before going through a Sawyer Mini) and had no problems. Great spot!

backpacking
Friday, July 14, 2017

Easy, flat trail. Amazing camping - one of my favorite backpacking spots!

backpacking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Grub Ridge Loop to Peninsula Trail.

Just under five miles one way, the trail is very easily identifiable. Gorgeous view of Lake Monroe at the end, with several first come first serve sites with a lake view.

Not easy to get lost on, short one way distance, and minimal elevation gain makes it a great spot for beginners.

backpacking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Nice hike to the camp sites, exquisit sunset viewing, peacefull. Definately worth the walk!

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Great trail with a rewarding view of Lake Monroe at the end. Minimal elevation gain so even the most inexperienced hiker can enjoy themselves Personally, I utilize the bypasses to the left and right to avoid the muddy spots made from horse traffic.

camping
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Had a wonderful time.
The trail was a bit muddy in places, but was to be expected because of the recent rain.
The view from our campsite was beautiful.
Only issue was someone across the way play music late in the night.

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