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on Elk Mountain Trail

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rocky
1 day ago

A popular trail with great views on the way and at the top. It's pretty rocky the whole way.

backpacking
4 days ago

This trail is my testbed for new gear or when I’m trying to change my pack up a bit. It’s longer than what the app states here’s. The trail is more like 11miles. There are a lot of water sources along the trail so no need to carry more than a liter at a time unless you are actively looking for a good campsite. It has some pretty steep climbs but it’s not as difficult as people make it out to be. The steep climbs are not long. Anyone in avg condition should have no trouble completing the trail in a day if you start early. Don’t expect to complete it if you get an afternoon start.

There are black bears out there, however they should be the least of your worry. Ticks are more of a threat than the bears. Good food practice will keep rodents away from your campsite. Raccoons will steal your stuff lol. I keep all my food, wrappers, and anything with a scent in a hung bear bag downwind from camp.

I recommend this trail for backpacking weekend overnighters. Most people you see on the trail are day hiking the area near the park that overlooks the river. Once you get passed this part you don’t see a lot of people

hiking
6 days ago

Did this trail today, it was a decent trail. It could be better marked. I also found out this is no longer a State Park.

backpacking
6 days ago

Had a blast! Took the fiance out on our first backpacking trip. I'm not sure that the mileage on the trail is correct. If I had to guess it starts at Cedar Bayou, when reading route names and distance, which adds some length. The route from Juniper Point is a lot of vertical incline/decline, but the route is pretty level from there. Loved it, but we struggled a bit. We found several camping sites along the lake shore, and stopped a bit short of the loop. We had a great time camping on a small peninsula about halfway.

Trail was wet after a good bit of rain. But pretty. A few spots were challenging uphill, but overall pretty moderate. Trail is well marked, but must pay close attention or you will be off the trail before you know it.

Very nice trail but we did Not cross the bridge on the highway because it's Very dangerous. There's No walkway or room for pedestrians.
I would recommend driving across and parking on other side.

walked this in January, no bugs! besides the short walk across the bridge being pretty dangerous as there is no bicycle lane, especially with a dog, the trail was great! well marked, we had a blast

We hike this trail this past weekend. It was after a few days of rain and our last hike of the day. Since it had been raining, we did have to cross the creek. It was a little challenging since the water was running pretty good but we made it.There wasn’t enough daylight left to do the whole hike. Plus the lady at the camp office told us not to go the whole way because part of it would be flooded. I will say that this hike was one of the most challenging I have ever done. I absolutely loved it, however it does require climbing the trail is a little hard to follow at times. You may discover muscles you never knew you had. Be sure that you look for the waterhole as you’re climbing up the mountain. It was running really good when we were there.I’m thinking that we didn’t go far enough to see the open part of the bluff. The view at the place where we had to stop was still a bit obstructed by the trees. I was a bit disappointed however, I do plan to go back and do the whole trail on another day. After an all day hike at the park, I will say that completing this trail was definitely a feeling of success! I definitely will be back!

hiking
13 days ago

Such a fun hike with lots a little challenges and incredible views! Our 9 year old loved it.

hiking
13 days ago

The trail isn’t marked very well and it’s incredibly easy to get lost. We did 4 miles and could never find the way out and ended up having to turn around and go back another 4 miles to get out. We ran into a group of boys who were lost also and they ended up finding a smaller cliff area that was only about a 10 to 15ft jump to the ground and just jumped off lol. Some better trail markers and this would have been amazing.

Great hike! Definitely a moderate hike, because you need to do a lot of climbing. Very fun, and so rewarding. I do recommend!

13 days ago

BEST TRAIL EVER! Loved this experience. It was pretty easy and holy crap the views were amazing!

Great day hike! I look forward to getting back and doing the full trail.

Excellent trail, once you get passed the larger rocks it’s great and the top view is excellent, trail took about 2 hours to complete.

Absolutely beautiful in the rain!

The whole cross Timbers Trail is actually much longer than what is shown on this path. The eastern terminus is the park at Juniper Point off 377, but the western terminus is located on the east side of Rock Creek Camp Road (appr. N33° 51.894' W96° 53.911').
The trail from the western end is marked well in most areas, but not so well in some so I had to backtrack multiple times to find it again, but it's better than it was last year. Not submitting a path because of the backtracks. I'll submit one when I get it right. There's also a loop called Lost Loop that circles the peninsula north of where the tree was reported down on 5/20 that adds several miles to the trail if you happen to take it.
Very scenic "wet weather creeks" if you get there after a rain. Water from the lake is not ideal, but will work in a pinch

hiking
21 days ago

Good hike. Was well marked and great views at the top. No way you’re getting lost out here. Different terrain to keep you interested. Water for the dogs in a few spots. Looks like the park has more to explore than just the trail too. Will be back, good ruck.

hiking
21 days ago

Veered off the Cedar Bluff trail onto this one and a minute later decided it was a great decision. Beautiful hike and well marked in red. Steep climbs and a few river crossings; definitely enjoyable and worthwhile!

This was an easy trail for beginners. Great landscape and scenery. Major issue was the lack of trail markings. We just wondered around until we reach a boundary and came back

Very easy trail. This trail has a nice view of the varied landscapes of the Wichita Mountains. The lake, trail, tower, and mountains are very photogenic. A good trail for a relaxing evening in the great outdoors.

Great trail. Didn’t see a single person. Saw quite a few deer. Lots of water along the route. Could have been marked a little better but overall we really enjoyed it.

Beautiful trail. With lots of photo ops. Took us about 3 hours one way to hike and stop for the many photo ops. Cliff area for great panoramic views is at Carlton Lake. You do need to pay attention in the middle of this trail as blazes are just blue paint and spotting them proves difficult sometimes.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail. My first trip here. I hiked from trail head at juniper to five mile camp and stayed the night. I will be back . Trail was marked good only got a little turned around once. Highly recommend, the elevation was nice compared to mostly flat trails in dfw.

Did this hike back in August. It was a great time. The best part is getting to the top and boulder hopping. There is plenty to keep you occupied. Do watch for rattlesnakes though. I nearly stepped on a four foot western diamondback who’s head was the only thing sticking out from a rock in the middle of the trail.

3.5 stars would be more accurate of my grade. Trails seem to have activity on them to help show where to go. The signage really needs help. We have gone twice. Once on the long loop and once on the short. Got lost twice and had to do a lot of doubling back. Properly marked trails would have prevented that.

Well maintained with a few fun features like log and stream crossings.

hiking
1 month ago

Its pretty good but too easy and short. Its perfect for anyone who are planning to go hike with their family and kids.

Our favorite pit stop between Tulsa and Woodward on our way to CO! A wonderful hike, little kids will get tired on steep stairway during first 1/4 mile of trail. Lots of benches along route for rest though. Of the many times I’ve been up here I’ve only seen one other group. It’s usually super quiet. Watch out for rattlers during the warm weather months. My favorite is to go up during the fall on a clear day ❤️ there’s nothing like it in the rest of the state. Be warned you do have to scramble the last little bit as the stairs end before the top. Young ones or elderly would definitely have trouble with that bit. A great way to spend a couple of hours .

backpacking
1 month ago

As previously mentioned, the west side of the trail is in rough shape and there is no water until you hit the OT. We did enjoy the great weather and the last of the fall colors.

Nice place. Not overly crowded.

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