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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.

Terrible for trail running. Seems like it was just built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers.

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!

This was such a cool trail! We went last weekend, and the weather was beautiful! Taking the CCC part of the trail makes it a bit of a challenge but adds to the excitement. I love the history of this area. It was a good climb. I loved looking at all the rock formations. There were lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Definitely one of the better hikes. I’m not sure that I would want to go there in the summer for fear of snakes just because of all the rocks. That directions given by all trails is a little off. If you get confused stop at the cabin office and they will give you excellent directions.I do agree that the park map is a bit confusing, but the lady at the office did a great job explaining and drew it all out for us. I recommend doing the rough canyon trail when you finish this one. We went right after a rain so there was lots of creek/stream crossings, but so much fun!!

Did this one this morning with my dog .Great terrains and changing views !!Awesome hike!!

mountain biking
24 days ago

Trail has potential if it was better maintained and you kept the horses off it. Too much open pasture riding and zero maintenance in the woods section. Also has lots of mud sections that the horses turn into a quagmire, and then when it dries out it’s rough as hell with a thousand hoof tracks.

Overall I liked all the woods sections and even some of the open parts, it just needs maintenance. And the next time someone bitches about mtb’s causing erosion, they should go to this trail and see what the horses have done. Ruts up to a foot and 1/2 deep are everywhere on this trail.

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.

on Robber's Cave Trail

1 month ago

Very rugged, but short hike with LOTS to explore. Parking lot at base of hike or you can come in off another trail.

Hiked this trail for the first time on a 31 degree day. Other than a lot of cold breezes, the trail was fantastic. Very well marked and maintained. Just enough up and down to keep it interesting. Saw 5 big male turkeys.

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.

A kid friendly short hike ! Wish it was longer. The main trail is pretty easy, with some initial elevation gain and then eases up, and then downhill back toward the car. The old ccc trails make for some more difficult mods, if you want some extra cardio, and there is tons of opportunity for scrambling. Little ones will absolutely love exploring this place. Definitely a cold weather hike due to all the hidey-holes for snakes ! This, in combo with one of the other trails makes for a great half day trip. If it were longer I’d give it 5 stars :) be mindful of little ones above the cave, lots of ledges with steep drops .

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.

This is one of the better trails in the area. I have had 2 crashes on this trail and I still keep coming back. There is some sections that can get sandy coming out of a turn .
Even though the parking lot is packed most of the times I hardly come across a biker on the trail. Most of the time I come across a runner or hiker.

backpacking
1 month ago

This is a great length of trail for an easy overnighter, but the west side of the loop is quite rough! No one should use my recording to aid them on the west portion because there were many times we completely lost the trail - no blazes in sight and the trail just seemed to dead end into brambles. We took the scenic route option at the sign giving the option between that and the Horse Thief Springs trail around Snake Mountain, and maybe it would have been better if we had kept to the main trail. Much of the trail is fairly overgrown, even once we rejoined the main trail. There was also no water source we could use from Cedar Lake to Horse Thief Springs along the west loop. The spring itself is pretty nasty looking. The first water we found that was running enough to collect was a half mile onto the east loop. There are also great campsites there. The east loop was amazing - beautiful, well marked, plenty of water, and lots of great camping spots.

hiking
2 months ago

Great little nature trail that takes you on a steep climb to the cave, great overlooks from above the cave, with a little bit of boulder climbing.

I was a little disappointed with this trail. I hiked the Rough Canyon Tail before and even though it was a much shorter hike, it was more enjoyable.

This was stated in another review but I will say it too: "Don’t use the trail maps provided by the State Park they are in no way accurate with the trails." I started at Deep Ford Campground and followed the blue blazes. I was very quickly off from the state park map. Blazes were easy to spot and follow though so I continued on. Took me to the Lake Carlton overlooks but I never got close to Lake Wayne Wallace so my way back, I attempted to stick more to the state park map. Following the yellow blazes (horse trail) kept me closer to the lake but even those did not follow the state park map. It did get me to a very nice overlook over Lake Wayne Wallace but I got turned around in a few places and had to bushwack a few times to get back to the blue blazes or I would of ended up on the wrong side of the lake and nowhere near my car.

Regardless, that is not the reason for my low rating. I don't mind getting a little lost. The trail was loud - walking near Lake Carlton, you can hear the highway the entire time. The overlooks were not that great in the sense that you never really felt completely surrounded by nature. You could see the campgrounds, cars, bridges, buildings...

Total at the end was 8.6 miles for me.

hiking
2 months ago

Tons of fun. Opens up to a very wide, rocky summit allowing you to Boulder over some very large pieces. Great time and not too challenging for a leisurely afternoon.

hiking
2 months ago

My brother and I walked this trail on a cool Fall day when the leaves were still turning and it was very pretty! The trail was well-marked with white stripes painted on some of the trees and there were at least two places along the trail with flush toilets! We were there on a Monday and although we saw many campers, we only saw one other person on the trail.
It is my opinion, if you go hiking here, bring water, snacks, your camera, and a walking stick.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with an amazing view. Fantastic for beginning hikers and campers like myself.

Great hike! However, we lost the trail a couple of times, but we were able to find it again quickly. There were a lot of hikers. Beautiful scenery!

hiking
2 months ago

great hike! trails are a little difficult to find at times. but you will find your way! beautiful views from up top.

hiking
2 months ago

I went out by myself. I had been before. It was a perfect day to hike or rock hop. I traveled around the perimeter of the mountain. Super fun if you’re up to the challenge. I had to backtrack a couple times when my trail didn’t pan out. I drank 1.5 liters of water (it’s all I took) 2.5 liters would’ve been better it it was hot outside more. Spent 4.25 hours up on the mountain.

hiking
2 months ago

It's a short gentle climb that is easy to combine with the longer Charon's Garden trail. The scenery along the mountain and at the top is nice. The views are ok at the top. There are areas where the trail is a bit difficult to follow because of criss-crossing side trails.

Trail is awesome today

Well maintained, easy hike. Beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. We’ve had rain so the trail is pretty wet/muddy in places. 10/14/18. Lots of kiddos on the trail and elk to watch from and on top of the mountain. Get outside and enjoy this Oklahoma hike!

We've hiked this many times over the past few years. It's a great trail. The West side of the loop is in bad shape other than that it's great.

Run the yellow/pink trails multiple times each week!

It’s a nice trail in the city. Well maintained. Bring in your water.

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