Adventure Hiking Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The name for this trail is no longer accurate because it actually only goes to two lakes—Bryant Creek and Cherry lakes. The third lake on the original triangular-shaped trail, Beanblossom Lake, has dried up. Regardless of name accuracy, the Three Lakes Loop is every bit as demanding as the Low Gap Trail, the other long-distance hike in Morgan-Monroe StateForest.Begin the hike on an old roadbed that starts downhill after about 100 yards, and reaches the first of what will be several creek crossings over the next 10 miles. The creeks are small, however, and flow intermittently with seasonal rainfall, so they normally present little trouble."
--Phil Bloom, Hiking Indiana (Falcon Guides).
Trail very pleasant to hike. Well marked with the exception of around the lake. The trail goes past Stepp Cementary, which dates back into the 1800's. Picknick tables, a pavillian, and outhouse are available at the lake. The trail only took me 4.5 hours to hike.
Nothing fantastic,but almost all of trail is very nice.
Nice to have shelter/rest spot at lake about half way,although marking on edge of lake a little hard to find.
This trail is the best in Morgan-Monroe State Forest and competitive for the best trail in the Bloomington/Martinsville area. Nice long trail through great, rich forests. There are some tough climbs every once in a while, although overall I think they are less extreme as Low Gap Trail. However, the loops along the edge of the lakes are really pretty and fun (lots of roots and logs to navigate). Also, seems to be much less popular than the Low Gap trail. In fact never seen anyone else on it, and parts are a little overgrow with grass if the trail goes through a break in the trees. However, the trail is more enjoyable since it is single track throughout (instead of the rock roads on low gap). Summer time is just amazing out there, but the bugs and ticks can be a problem. If it isn't too hot, I recommend wearing long pants or at the very least a lot of bug spray.
Most of the trail was very nice. Not a great deal of scenery but the elevation changes made the hike a nice workout. Nice streams. My biggest disapointment was that there is a large scale logging operation in a section in the middle of the loop. I begrudgingly accept the need for harvesting trees in some situations, but we hiked past several 80+ year old trees that had been removed. The one hill top was nearly clearcut and it doesn't appear they are done yet. This isn't the type of "forest management" I like to see in my government officials who are charged with managing the land. In my opinion, what I saw was an example of officials using my forestlands (as a taxpayer) to generate income, and I don't think it's acceptable.
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