Morgan-Monroe State Forest Three Lakes Loop

Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Morgan-Monroe State Forest Three Lakes Loop

Morgan-Monroe State Forest: Three Lakes Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trail visits the steep, forested ridges, ravines, creeks, and lakes of Morgan-Monroe State Forest."

Morgan-Monroe State Forest: Three Lakes Loop Trip Reports

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3/6/2017
This is probably my favorite hiking trail. It has about 5 challenging hills, if you hike it the reverse direction indicated in this guide.

There is not really any water on this trail. I put some at the picnic shelter at about the mid-point of the trail.

Because of some lumber harvesting, there are now two different routes. 1 goes across the forest road at the lookout point. The other heads the opposite direction more in the backwoods. I like this router better, myself.

Sometimes I skip the loop that goes along the lake. The footing can be a bit bad, and it is a bad place to twist an ankle. I instead head straight to the shelter. This used to be an alternate path, but it has become overgrown.

It only cuts off about .3 of a mile.

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7/15/2000
Very good RUGGED 2 miles loop trail that starts at Donaldson Picnic Area, goes pass Wilson Monument,pass Sycamore Shelter,pass Butternut Shelter,throw Pioneer Village,pass Hamer Cave,pass Hamer Cemetery,back to Donaldson Picnic Area.
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6/1/2000

The trails are great at Spring Mill but the droves of visitors who aren't hikers make it a little less than desirable in summer.

Hike it in the Fall, Winter and Spring. The village is great but you don't need to enter the buildings to appreciate the beauty of it.

You can link trails to put together a good hike.
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Trail Information

Bloomington
Nearby City
10
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
6 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS: Hindustan
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