Scarce O Fat and Lake Trail Loop

based on 6 tracks & routes #2 hike out of 8 in
10.4 mi
5 hrs 56 min
344 ft
Elev Gain


This is a long loop hike that combines two of the most popular hikes in the Yellowwood State Forest. The Scarce O Fat Trail is the eastern portion of the hike. You will go to the top of a ridge, come back down into a stream valley and then climb one final ridge to High King Hill. In the winter there is a view from this overlook.

The second and more popular portion of the loop is the Lake Trail. This trail goes around Yellowwood lake and is around 4.5 miles on its own. There are several stream crossings where you may get wet. The northern part of the holds a nature trail with a nice stand of white pine trees. This a great hike.

Getting Started

You can park in several ares for this loop, but parking for the given route is found by turning off of IN-46 on Jackson Creek Rd. This is a gravel road with several creek crossing. Beware after a heavy rain. You can also access the forest by following Yellowwood Rd. Signs mark that route.

Taking Children

These trails are mainly good for older children.

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Public Tracks

There are no published trips for this hike. There are 6 private trips.

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