Mountain Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wilburton, Oklahoma that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Trail is marked with a blue blazes.
We went from the very north point at the caves to the very south point at Deep Ford. I think it was at 9.5 miles. They had drained the lake to do some work but the walk was difficult and fun.
Great hike with some excellent overlooks! We hiked from the south end to the Lake Carlton overlook about 3+ miles roundtrip. Next time, we want to hike from the north end where the trail crosses Ash Creek Road...heard there are some nice Lake Wayne Wallace overlooks too!
This trail has very rocky footing in many spots seriously hampers enjoyment. The scenery isn't spectacularly beautiful either.
I went on a day hike at the end of November. This trail was perfect for a long afternoon hike. Lots to see, points to stop off for the view, and plenty of variety in topography. Would go again, for sure!
Markers are painted in blue and found on trees. Be sure to keep a look out for them, as you can get lost. It helps to have trekking poles for this route and some areas can be tricky/slippery due to mud so take caution while descending.
- The views were amazing.
- The trail changes as you trek through, which makes it more interesting and fun.
- Trails are marked
- Quite a popular trail, we met many friendly hikers there.
- The theater is across the trail, they happened to have an event that day, and you were able to hear the music/sounds. Which isn't a bad thing, but it takes away the sense of being away from the crowd.
- Foliage/rocks--tons of it. Watch your step!
- Did not see many wildlife/birds (could be related to the time we went).
I think this trail fits the moderate/strenuous category. The part of the trail that runs next to Lake Carlton was hit and miss with the trail markings. In some instances the markings were difficult to locate and in other instances it would seem that the trail ran in every direction with randomly placed blue blazes that lead to a dead ends unless you came prepared to rappel or rock climb. Once past the bluffs of Lake Carlton the trail markings were much more reliable. The hike itself was nice though the trail is littered with rock (probably what the "rugged" part of the trail description is referring to) that constantly keep you in search of firm footing. My Lowa Renegades provide a pretty solid platform but at the end of the day my feet were killing me and my knees about to buckle. Probably not a trail I'd return to but worth the visit.
Note: I did this hike with a 30 lb. pack which adds to the foot/knee soreness but I typically carry this weight and it has not been a problem on some of the other trails like ShoresLake/WhiteRock Loop and Redding/Spyrock Loop.
Only did a portion of the trail, but still really enjoyed it. Great views and landscape. The terrain varies quite a bit as well to make for an exciting hike. If you meander off the trail watch out for thorn bushes, other than that there really are no down sides to the trail.
Mountain trail was long enough to enjoy, varied in its offering, can be joined with the mutliuse trail to make an even longer hike.