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Nice trail. Well marked. Very scenic with the water and birds.

hiking
2 days ago

Well-maintained and well-trafficked trail that’s good for hiking or trail running. Definitely would consider this to be more easy than moderate

hiking
3 days ago

I recently went on a weekday morning and did have to pay $5 entrance fee. I was walking with my grandpup, and I must say there was a LOT of poison ivy he would “visit” on the trail itself - not just on the sides. Perimeter trail is pretty wide for the most part, except at certain part of west trail in prairie it had not been mown in a long time! The map provided by the park should have an inset of the smaller “nature trails” in more detail. That part is a little confusing - several trails are simply called “nature trail,” they are not numbered or marked very well - and some paths are dead ends.

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
6 days 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!

Nice paved walking/bike path through the woods along several ponds. Extended to include the path at Hummel Park for a 4 mile ride.

I loved this trail, it was pretty well maintained with just a couple trees down. There wasn’t much in the way of scenic outlooks due to the thick canopies. I camped the first day close to the lake and spent the next day hiking the trail and then returning the same day, which was much tougher than I had imagined it would be. This trail promises a hardcore leg workout, which gave me a great sense of accomplishment after I’d given my calves a much needed rest.
Besides a few people loading boats into the lake, I never saw another person for my two days there, which I certainly didn’t mind. Another thing about this trail was that I didn’t notice many areas where someone could setup a camp due to the constant inclines and declines of the hills. I ended up using permethrin and only had two bites while I was there, although I did find three ticks on my shoes as well. The little flies were driving me crazy as they dive-bombed my ears and eyes, but this is pretty much the case on any trail this time of year.

hiking
15 days ago

easy trail to test gear. besides that very disappointing. most of the trail was next to fields and half of what use to be the woods part has been cutt down and is now a field of wood chips.

backpacking
17 days 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!

hiking
18 days ago

Nice trail. Moderate difficulty but nothing ridiculous. Easy to follow. I was never confused about which way to go unlike many trails around Indiana. I would pack a sandwich and or snacks. I did the 10.5 miles in 5:10 with a stop to make lunch. There are lots of trees down that you can navigate around. Didnt see a single tick.

It reminds me of the Shoen creek trail and Lawrence creek trail in Ft Ben Harrison State Park except 10miles.

trail running
19 days ago

Great trail, decent amount of elevation change. Nice views and fun terrain. Would categorize it as a moderate trail run for sure, it's not easy. Not much traffic so that was very nice, certainly a hidden gem. Quite a few downed trees in the trail but was warned about that at the front gate.

backpacking
19 days 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
24 days ago

Beautiful Trail, travels through diverse environs and ends at a beautiful lake setting. The trail is wide in most places and suitable for younger hikers, if they can handle the distance (4.5 mi). Truthfully, the best campsites are 15-30 min hike from the parking lot. We'll most likely do that next time and day-hike to the lake. It can and did get muddy after the rain as the horses dig up the trail pretty good. You should be prepared for possible muddy conditions. (now the bad part) My wife and I went on Memorial Day weekend. There was moderate traffic during the day and we arrived to the lake in the late afternoon. By that time the lake was hopping and packed like a Lake Havasu Spring Break. What I didn't know is that the boaters come over in the morning and take all the established (read: good) campsites and then go out boating all day. By the time hikers get there all that is left is primitive or non-established sites. Campsite rules pretty much go out the window and everyone was putting up a tent wherever there was an open spot.

Good workout! nice views of the lake. a lot of dogs if you don't like dogs.

25 days ago

Nice hike through bird sanctuary and through woods.

hiking
26 days ago

We went for the day with our two dogs. We all loved it and great trails and beautiful views. We went swimming at the beach as well at the waterfall. The only down side was it was super busy at the beach and the waterfall, but the trails were pretty empty. They are a little over grown too. Overall experience was great though.

backpacking
28 days ago

Easy trail with a fantastic end view of Lake Monroe. Trail has a lot of variety of scenic view

Easy hike

I walk my dog here frequently. Nice loop and scenery around water. A lot of places to stop and give my dog water at a bench or table, a few trash cans along the way for tossing his waste so I’m not carrying it the whole time. Sometimes I wish it was longer but I just loop around 2-3 times.

Great trail. May 2018 backpacking trip for our Scout Troop, shakedown hike for an Alaska backcountry trip in July. All the elevation changes had a few of us adults smoked, but the Scouts did awesome! We got caught out in a thunderstorm, but the trail conditions held up nicely. Blazes were reasonably easy to follow. Unfortunately, no real place to camp on the western end of the trail if you have a very large group (17 hikers) like we did), although there's a really pretty spot overlooking the lake if you're just one or two. "HARD" rating well deserved.

trail running
1 month ago

trail was in good condition overall. bikers beware lots of trees (8-10) covering the trail. 5/19/18

hiking
1 month ago

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

Loved this trail!

Nice hike downhill and down stairs from the nature center towards the lake loop and back.

This was a nice trail. Black topped path with nice greenery surrounding path. Some areas of the water were a bit foul smelling. The area just past the cafe was along a busy road but if you wanted to shorten the trail you could bypass that part and go across the covered bridge. all in all a nice walk.

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
1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Not a bad hike, but definitely a very easy hike. I'm not sure why it's rated as moderate. Nice for an afternoon/evening hike.

So it’s actually a pretty descent hike. For the most part it’s well maintained but can get confusing due to lack of signs. Since I’ve never been there I appreciated the App to help me find the way. Anyway... so the hike consists of most of trail 1, trail 2, & part of trail 4 which is actually a loop trail but on here looked like an in & out that reconnects to 2. The trees were still pretty thin but the views of the lake are awesome. As an Arizona girl (now... I grew up in SB) it was nice to have a line of great pines to walk along.

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