Elk Mountain Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Indiahoma, OK that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From I-44 take Highway 49 (exit 45). Go west 10 miles to the Refuge gate. If coming from Highway 62, take Highway 115 (Cache exit) north to the Refuge Gate.
I hiked this trail yesterday. There was a slight breeze, temperatures in the low 80's and plenty of sunshine. The trail started out easy, but kinda had to guess how to find my way up because it wasn't marked very well, but overall, wasn't too difficult to find your way up. The same story on the way down; many trails diverged, but ended up at the bottom where we started. About and hour and half up for me and my friend and about an hour down. The views were beautiful and the top was a very nice place to rest, take pictures, reflect, and climb around. I got to see wild buffalo from a distance, that was cool. A lot of wildflowers and cool rock formations. It's a bit of a climb, but worth it. I had a hip replacement three months ago and took this on as a challenge. It was quite a challenge, it pushed me to my limit but I am relatively young and somewhat fit so it was do-able. I saw many children with their parents along the trail, and people with dogs. Make sure to take a bottle or two of water with you as well.
Great day hike! Took us about an hour each way and we spent about an hour at the top climbing around, eating lunch, and taking pictures. Our little dog had no problem on the trail but I could see how it might be difficult for some young kids or dogs. Can't wait to go back!
Quick, fun hike with some great views of the Wichitas.
Great place to get back on "the trail" if you haven't been hiking for a while.
Nice hike with heavy traffic during our late summer trip. More people on this trail than I care to see. We began from the Sunset picnic area (near range headquarters). With my 10 yr old, took an hour to summit, spent about an hour messing around up top and a half hour coming down.
Next trip we will enter from the back side and go through the Vally of Boulders (which should make the adventure even better)
Awesome trail, not too far but a good climb right around 600 feet ascend/descend with the summit being about 2200 ft alt. Great workout for us and our dog, with awesome scenic views and I proposed at the summit!
Beautiful hike. Views from the top are spectacular. Roughly 2 miles to the top and back. Took me a total of 2.5 hours with only 45 minutes of that being walking time. Took a lot of breaks to soak in the views, plus it's July, it was hot.
The trail is not marked once you start hiking, but I thought it was pretty clear which way you needed to go.
Great hike. Our favorite one we did on OK. We thought it was pretty challenging. A lot of boulder jumping which we love but not for everyone. I'd think it would be tough with a dog. We did it in mid-July. Take a lot of water!
This is a great hike. But I don't think you will want to take pets to the summit. It gets really rocky about halfway up.
This is my favorite trail at the refuge.
I loved this trail! Absolutely obsessed. I intend to go back to show friends and family. I did this as a solo home. It is dangerous to go alone. I got lost coming down the mountain as the trails are not clearly marked. But the views are spectacular and the hike is stunning.
Good hike but kind of short. From Trail Head to Summit is about 35 minutes. Awesome near 360 degree view from the USGS marker.
Pretty easy trail until you get to the HUGE rocks. We had a blast climbing all over them but this part of the trail isn't for the faint of heart. Don't overdo it and likely too dangerous for children.
Great wildlife viewing opportunities. Boulders to explore. Sweeping vistas from atop Elk Mtn. Great hike.
Beautiful views from the Summit and throughout the climb. Moderate difficulty. I made it round trip in 2.5 hours. Saw a bloomer lizard at the top as well.
Great elevation climb in Oklahoma. My favorite hike in the state. Views of the entire surrounding area from the top. The huge boulders everywhere offer a landscape very distinct from the rest of the state. Once at the top of Elk Mtn one can wander quite a bit, get lost, and enjoy secluded views. Though a relatively short hike that can be done in just a couple hours, I could also spend all day up there. Also great birding--home of canyon wrens, and I once saw a painted bunting.
The views at the top are fantastic and are completely worth the hike.