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Bloodroot Trail

Intermediate
 3.0 (3)

A good trail for beginners to experience an overnight loop.


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11.3

Miles

18.2

KM

Point to Point

816' 249 m

High

779' 237 m

Low

240' 73 m

Up

247' 75 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake

Need to Know

This is a multi-use trail, allowing backpacking, mountain biking, and snowmobiles.

There is a fee to enter the park, and there is a fee to use a backcountry campsite also. Visit the Interpretive Center at the trailhead, where there is a patch available for the hike. You'll need waterproof footgear and sun screen; hiking through the grass in the morning will get your feet wet from the dew, and hiking through the fields and open will have full sun exposure.

Description

The trailhead is by the Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area (SRA). The trail wanders through fields and woods to Mt. Etna SRA. It is posted as 13 or 14 miles depending on where you look; I got 12.17 miles on my track. Regardless of length, the trail is well marked using road type signs to warn bikers and snowmobilers of direction and terrain changes.

Trail has some field hiking so you are in the sun for a few miles, but there is also some nice sections next to the lake. Proximity to the lake means locating water to filter should not be a problem.

Reference the Indiana DNR Salamonie Lake Bloodroot Trail brochure for pertinent information.

Flora & Fauna

Check out Interpretive Center for information; they have excellent exhibits.

Contacts

Land Manager: Indiana State Parks

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Mark B8

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Camp Site 2
Oct 1, 2018 near Andrews, IN

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Aug 10, 2020
Amanda D
The trail pamphlet lists the trail length as a 13-mile loop. I did not track with GPS. 13mi — 5h 00m
Jun 13, 2020
Jingyan Wang
Nov 2, 2019
Michael Mares
Feb 9, 2019
A. Fern
Oct 12, 2018
Randy Poynter
Sep 23, 2018
Duncan K