Skyline Trail is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Broken Bow, Oklahoma that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Skyline trail, Beavers Bend is a 7 mile out and back trail located near Broken Bow, Oklahoma that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Great hike. My husband, myself and our 2 older labs did the whole trail over the weekend. There were very few people on the trail that day. No switch backs. Nice elevation changes. Trail was well marked for the most part. Had to cross a few streams. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks. We walked to the trail head from our camp and then had to walk back when we were finished. My pedometer said we did a total of 16.3 miles in about 5.5 hours. The dogs definitely slowed us down. We are already planning on coming back to do this hike again before it gets too hot.
In a state where so many trails are poorly marked and difficult to follow, this one is a pleasant surprise.
There's a variety of terrain, environments, and views along this thorough day hike. The trail itself is well-maintained and relatively smooth, so you don't have to constantly look down for fear of twisting an ankle.
There's plenty of creeks, waterfalls, and clear pools if you want to refresh yourself along the 7 to 9 miles of trail, and be ready for steep elevation change with no sign of a switchback.
I loved this hike and would come back again. However, it pays to plan ahead. If you don't arrange for a ride and hike the entire length, you'll be adding an extra mile or two when you walk along the road back to the trailhead where you parked your vehicle.
this trail is definitely one of the hardest I've hiked. make sure you carb up before heading out and bring PLENTY of water! that being said, it was so awesome. The views, the river we walked along for a while, and the people (dogs) we met along the way made it all worthwhile!
Nice trail, well marked. Alot of road walking and one of the bridges is down so there is a mandatory river crossing, plus a few small creek crossings. Overall nice trail bit campfires aren't allowed on the vast majority of the trail so plan on that and having to deal with possibly wet clothes from river.
Girlfriend and I hiked this while in broken Bow for my birthday. Didn't really plan on hiking it, but overall it was great. Might should have given us a little more time to stop and enjoy some of the views, but we wanted to get back before it got too dark. We had to detour the last little bit of the trail due to flooding the previous spring, but really didn't miss much. On our way back to the car, a park ranger stopped and made sure we were OK and asked if we needed anything, very polite.
Some great views, some wildlife, good climbs and decents, definitely challenging, overall it gets two thumbs up for me!!
Awesome hike! we backpacked in and camped the first night and completed the rest of the trail the next day. This trail is definitely challenging, even before you get to the skyline trailhead. But it's nothing that can't be done! and it is well worth it. There are some amazing views along the way and plenty of decent water crossings to pump water if you need to. It's a great opportunity to get away, it was very quiet in most parts and we saw some wildlife including a white tail deer that came through our campsite early in the morning.
Great trail in a beautiful forest. Definitely challenging, but totally doable if your in decent cardiovascular condition. I would say that those who are not solid in their cardio should consider just doing part of the trail, and leaving the whole thing until your more ready. After about 3 miles in almost all the people we saw started dropping off. We had some of our group we encouraged to go back at about this time and were very glad for our sakes and theirs that they went back. They either would not have finished it or been pretty unhappy campers.
We go up into the San Juan mountains in Colorado and hike up there, and this is a great trail to prepare for the beastly climbs.
Most of the trail consists of ascending and descending large hills/small mountains. There are a few descents that are pretty steep and you could get super messed up being foolish or unprepared.
So my conclusion:
Great trail. Go for it. Just know what your getting yourself into, and leave those behind that either aren't committed or cannot realistically complete this trail safely.
Great trail some hard spots for sure. Love the challenge. Great way to spend a vacation.