Spent an overnight, bugs weren't terrible the course was moderate not bad, there's four different loops associated with this loop, there's Green (easiest), Red, Blue, Gold. They are all fairly well walked with nice views being manly associated with gold, they are all interconnected, and thus to get to gold you stay to the far right or the loops, the transition from Blue to gold is not well marked and you will start seeing red and black checkered signs and red and white ribbons these are marking the gold trail for some reason. My friend and I had some wild dogs come to close to are camp at night for comfort, they made enough racket we both woke up and started are fire again to keep them back. They were looking for food but we had it all hung up. Other than that last little bit the trail was awesome it was my friends first trip backpacking so we took it slow and did this one so he could learn. All in all it was very enjoyable and I will probably go out again sometime soon!
nice trail, pretty views, moderate course. As with any trip to the woods in Oklahoma Bring DEET. My first hike with this app, it worked great when a fork in the trail was unmarked....definitely saved me some miles. we will be back with the dogs (& some vector tick repellent)
Well, I'm sore! It has been a long time since I've been hiking and this was my first time back at it. My father and I went and hiked nine miles of the Gold Loop trail. It was a great hike with maintained trails (geared toward biking) and we thoroughly enjoyed our time.
The trails were pretty clearly marked and there were many options to take a "bypass" trail to cut out sections (some large and some small) of the trail. You could easily make this hike longer or shorter depending on what you are looking for.
There was a lot of up and downs but nothing that was unmanageable. The steeper sections (both up and down) were not too long or steep and added a nice variance to the hike. Most of them had a steep thrill built for bikes but had a path alongside that was easier to use on foot.
All in all, a great time getting back to hiking and I would do it again!
this place is fun! i haven't been out there in a while after hearing its a mess. but, whenever i have gone out there, its a great time. found a bit of mud once, all the in the back, when a friend of mine & i went out. still fun. we just weren't expecting it.
My wife and I hiked this on 11/30/14. Trail was in excellent condition and we were the only hikers on it. Saw about 30 cyclists on it as well The recent freezing temps meant no ticks or bugs. We saw plenty of deer and squirrels, many lizards, and several snakes. I think we were about 2-3 weeks too late to catch the fall colors on the trail. The trail is definitely designed to pack in as much distance into a short geographic area. This makes the trail pretty repetitive. I'd do the hike for fun or training, but not for exceptional views. I'm not sure if it was because of it being a holiday weekend or not but the trail head was gated off for the gold loop. So we caught a section of the blue loop over to it. I'd place the distance much closer to 10 miles vs the 8 miles on the alltrails description. For those who care, I believe there are rest benches only between mile markers 2-5. Also if you want the full experience I suggest not doing the bypasses.