Two Lakes Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,389' 423 m
Descent: -1,393' -425 m
High: 762' 232 m
Low: 475' 145 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“Features two large lakes, a few challenging hills, and an abundance of forests, wildlife, and scenery.”— Chris W
For extra safety, wear blaze orange during turkey and deer hunting seasons.
The nearest gas station is at the I-64 & SR 37 interchange to the north, and the nearest medical facilities are south on SR 37 in Tell City.
During warmer months, vegetation crowds the trail in places and ticks are abundant. During cooler and wet periods the trail can be quite muddy and slipping on the uneven ground is common.
The trail is well marked with white diamond blazes.
Hiking counter-clockwise will take you uphill rather quickly. At the top, you'll pass through a previously forested area that has been cleared in recent years and re-established in warm-season grasses. Eventually, the trail drops down into a large valley where you'll encounter a few large stream crossings. The largest of which is the Middle Fork of the Anderson River. The river is wide, relatively shallow and rocky, and depending on rainfall, you may find the water knee-deep. There are a few more challenging hills as you wrap around Indian lake, and a larger hill to traverse as you travel between the two lakes on the south side.
After crossing the Lake Celina dam, the trail follows the lake's perimeter at a reasonable distance so that you get occasional views of the lake, but are never at risk of sliding into the water. The shoreline is rather steep, and the lake is quite deep. Near the end of the loop, the Two Lakes Trail briefly merges with the Celina Interpretive Trail which splits to the west. Taking a side-hike to the Rickenbaugh house via the Interpretive Trail is worth the effort. Another trail spur leads to the south face campground.
The park service map lists the hike as 15.7 miles, but GPS tracking usually tracks less mileage.
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