dogs on leash
We had heard great things about this trail and couldn't wait to get hiking! we started the trail and soon came to the first over look, the water was absolutely gorgeous so ...of course we had to climb down to it. The curiosity continued as we followed the water as far back as we could before the water opened up into large pool surrounded by walls. Instead of turning around we decided to climb up and go around. as we climbed out we actually ended up on the trail and followed it to the next over look..an breath taking river with a pristine rocky beach. We decided to climb our way down to it and follow the river once again. Although we ended up not even taking the trail it was an excellent passage to the beauty that lie below. We will be back time after time to this gorgeous spot!
What a fantastic trail! I'm about to close out my Oklahoma adventures and decided to take one last (rare) day off and enjoy the beautiful weather at this amazing park.
As stated in the description, there was a large portion of the trail that was unmarked and I did have some moments of worry. I couldn't tell if I was on an established hiking trail or an established cattle trail. There was evidence of cattle droppings throughout the entire trail and big horn sheep droppings in the rocky areas. I didn't see any animals except some bison sunning across the river, but I was happy for that. I have no desire to encounter them in their natural habitat except from a far, safe distance.
I was grateful I'd worn sturdy hiking shoes because there were tons of small rocks that turned my ankle a few times. I know I'd have been in a world of hurt if I hadn't been wearing proper footwear.
There was a sad stretch of trail, maybe about a mile long, that was affected by a fire. I'm not sure if it was a controlled burn or wildfire, but most of the trees were charcoal sticks. There was still a bit of powdery ash in the area so stick to the trail where the footing is solid.
Be sure to have proper foot gear, sunscreen, and water before attempting this trail. It wasn't very long, but it was hot and there was very little shade. I enjoyed the challenge of having to scramble up the rocks, a first for this low country southerner!
Great hike! The terrain was pretty diverse - some wooded areas, some flat and open, part of the trail was very rocky, other parts were smooth. The trail passes by the 40 Foot Hole which was definitely the main attraction of the hike. You have the option to climb down there and do some boulder hopping. Also passes by the Lost Lake dam which was a great stop as well.
Think this would be a great trail for trail running. Plan on going back soon and testing it out.
The trail was very hard to find so we did our own little "off the beaten path" hiking. Almost considered putting this one under rock climbing lol. We went when it was 28 degrees out so most of the rocks were covered with ice which made it very challenging, but worth the risk once we got to the top!