Pate Hollow Trail

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Pate Hollow Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bloomington, Indiana that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1030 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

views

From Bloomington, IN, take State Road 446 south approximately 9.8 miles. From Bedford, take US 50 east to State Road 446. Follow State Road 446 to the north approximately 24 miles to the trailhead.

hiking
17 hours ago

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

12 days ago

Great hike, good elevation but good trail pattern to ease the climb. Somewhat a low gap trail ‘little brother’. Fairly low traffic and great scenery. Perfect Sunday morning excursion.

trail running
13 days ago

backpacking
14 days ago

The hike was enjoyable, albeit a bit arduous at times. There are some great places to rest near the lake. Be wary going off trail, most of everything you see belongs to giant spooky spiders who know how tall you are, and primarily make webs at that height.

hiking
14 days ago

This was a very nice and quiet trail when I hiked it at 8:30am on a Saturday in September. I would suggest stopping a little before halfway when you get near the lake. Hop off the trail to take a peek. The downside is that the trail was covered with spider webs. I literally walked into 50 of them.

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Excellent trail. Very heavy canopy so that undergrowth isn't heavy, which is great for reducing bugs and brambles. Lots of hollows and nice stop at the lake for picnicking.
We'll go back for sure.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I loved that the trail was an actual trail and no fire road to travel. Beatiful trail and I didn't think it was especially difficult or hard. Definitely not as hard as Low Gap. The markers along the trail were nice but it was hard to locate the "you are here" arrow to track your progress. We started at the north trail head and just stayed right on the outter loop. Ultimately we had to use GPS to determine our location as the sun was setting and we had already passed mile 6 on the fit bit. This entire loop is actually a little over 8 miles!! Still a good trail and I would do it again.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Took about a half mile in and back of the Whitetail Trail with my 4-year-old and toddler. Beautiful and very green! Also pretty hilly, and a little tough for little ones at times because of fallen trees. They did well, though. We saw LOTS of spiders and spider webs, a deer, and a small frog. They loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

There's a cute little fairy door in one of the trees out there. There's also a few lookouts onto the lake. The terrain towards the end was a little difficult. There was some weaving back and forth and a lot of up and down hill. Overall, a pretty good hike. We also saw a lot of butterflies and small roads (and spiders!) It's a relatively private trail. Easy to access but we didn't run into any other people while we were out.

trail running
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Scenic hike makes you feel like Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest. Shade from the trees afforded an enjoyable temperature and the trail signs were easy to follow. While the terrain is by no means difficult, the full loop is long and requires plenty of water. We will definitely be back.