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Peninsula Trail

Intermediate
 3.6 (11)

An out-and-back trail from Tower Ridge Road to the south shore of Lake Monroe.


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2.6

Miles

4.2

KM

98%

Runnable

797' 243 m

High

558' 170 m

Low

82' 25 m

Up

274' 84 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Fishing · Lake · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

This trail travels through a wilderness area so self-sufficiency and leave-no-trace apply. Cell service is present but may be sketchy.

Runner Notes

This would be a good trail run except for when muddy.

Description

The Peninsula trail is well signed and easy to follow, particularly for a wilderness area trail. The trail initially follows a very rutted and often muddy horse trail that can be uneven even in the wintertime when the previous season's muddy furrows have frozen over. Fortunately, several of the most heavily disturbed sections of trail have been bypassed singletrack that is designated with "hiking" signs.

Because the trails follows along a gentle ridge, it isn't very strenuous, especially compared to the nearby Pate Hollows trails. Eventually, the trail turns into all singletrack with an awesome hillside overlook of the lake before it descends more steeply toward the edge of the peninsula.

Along the final leg, the trail is shored up by timbers to help combat the swampiness. The last descent brings runners to the rocky shoreline of Lake Monroe where some nearby lakeside houses are visible. This is a great spot to enjoy lunch or a swim before heading back to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

This area was heavily logged and farmed in spots in the 1930's so the land is still recovering. Pine forests were planted to slow the erosion and make nice spots for camping and running. Elsewhere, you'll find the typical southern Indiana hardwood. There are also some invasives like multi-floral roses along the trail.

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Shared By:

Dimitri Poppeliers with improvements by Erika V and 1 other

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  3.6 from 11 votes

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Our group approaches one of Charles Deam Wilderness's white pine groves during a wintertime hike.
Jan 9, 2017 near Bloomin…, IN

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