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Once you hit summit, this is a real challenge. I’d rate it from difficult to very difficult. It’s more like bouldering than hiking.

Beautiful trail. The hike up was enjoyable. I think it would benefit if it had some trail markers on the main trail. Has a lot of offshoot trails and someone could easily get turned around if they weren't familiar with land nav. I took. couple of them on the way down. One of them led me too a more difficult rocky area. To me made it more enjoyable but could see someone getting hurt. The view from the top was amazing.

It was pretty tough but it was nice!

Many of the trails at the wildlife refuge are hard to follow but luckily this one is fairly easy to follow. The view at the top is beautiful and I like that it’s a little workout without being too strenuous! We have done this trail many times, it’s my favorite in the area!

Pretty good trail not very well marked but easy to follow. Went in the middle of the day which was a bad idea because it was so hot but the shade on the way up what nice. Once at the top I pretty much just got off the trail and free roamed which was nice. Great view at the top and real fun to boulder jump. One of the best parts about my hike was seeing a huge collared lizard. Overall it was nice easy trail and would definitely recommend going to if in town.

hiking
29 days ago

Pretty decent hike. Your back side will definitely feel it. Great scenery, best hike in OK so far. Overall, great adventure.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Nice warm-up circuit. Some technical spots with a few features that are in need of slight repair.

HOLY TICKS!!!!!!!!!!! This place is festering with ticks; I would not walk this trail by any means again. Found about twenty small ticks and two large ticks after hiking here

hiking
1 month ago

What a gem tucked away in Oklahoma. I traveled to Lawton for work and found this trail. I was able to hike to the top and back in just under 2.5 hours, although I wanted to keep going. I was racing the sunset since I ventured out after 5p that day. When you get to the top of the trail you can see for miles, and you wouldn’t know at the trail head, but there are some really beautiful rock formations you can explore and climb once you get to the top. Very much wanted to spend more time on this trail.

Great trail. Took the dog and a toddler without issue.

trail running
1 month ago

Trail is clearly marked! There are a few dry creek crossings where the trail is a little tricky to spot though. Make sure to grab a stick to knock down spider webs if you go in the morning.

Well maintained mountain biking trails!

A Tulsa gem and a challenging hike. Bring lots of water or a camelpack when it's hot out.

mountain biking
1 month ago

I experienced that lost labyrinth feeling - very interesting

It was definitely a bike trail, not for hiking with dogs. I would go bake to do x-country or mountain biking. No water by the trails but a mile down the road you can find the lake. Watch out for the ticks, I found a couple.

Nice varied trail, mild elevation change but more than I would have expected from OK. Well shaded, beautiful green forest setting and packed sand trails. In 2 hours only saw 1 polite mountain biker, but did see a deer! Lots of back and forth trails. I used my GPS and don’t think I could have done it without. Overall, great trails for the area and worth the drive from Norman.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Very rocky with vertical gain making it moderate to difficult. However, my 9 year did fine. At the top, the area opens up wide with lots of side trails to explore. from the top go southwest for bouldering fun. take plenty of water.

Hiked this with my daughter on 6-12-18 and used the West Scenic loop. Several areas where the blackberry’s and brush have overgrown the trail. Also some areas where trees have blocked the path and you have to work your way around. I also think some of the white tree markers were burned off and haven’t been remarked. I hiked this last year around the same time and it was in much better shape. I will do it again next year but definitely take a machete to hack through some of the brush.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is beautiful and not too difficult. As you ascend Elk Mountain, the trail is partially shaded by blackjack trees which turn yellow and gold in autumn. The trail up the mountain can be tricky and is very rocky. I suggest good ankle support and extra water.

We had a good time here and the trail was beautiful and maintained.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely got lost and ended up talking the old waterfall down

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful trail! My only notes:

- Wear sunscreen and/or bring a hat!! This trail has almost no shade the entire way.
- One bottle of water is NOT enough! Please prepare and bring a camelback or a backpack that can hold 2-3 bottles of water.
- There are NO trail markers so you have to pay constant attention. You see a sign at the very beginning and that's it friends.
- I highly recommend hiking shoes/boots for this terrain. This trail has a lot of stair stepping and tons of rocks so you need shoes that have grip and can protect your ankles. It would be so easy to roll/sprang/snap some ankles here - exercise caution!

I just cannot stress the water enough. Maybe 3-5% of this trail has shade. Please, be prepared and take care of yourself, your children and your pets!

Great views

walking
2 months ago

I love this place. Always have for years! Don’t forget to pick up a trash bag to pick up any litter. Usually a clean park. Trails are fun. Rocks are beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was long and easy to follow. I did have to whip out my All Trails app to see which trail to take once and I was amazed with how helpful it was! The trail is very rocky and really gets the heart pumping! I wouldn’t bring kids because of how difficult climbing can be after awhile. This trail exceeded my expectations, we plan to go back!

Hiking in mid May. Hiked for 1 hour and got more than 50 tics all over me. Some of them were monstrous. Lesson learned. It was a joy watching all the deers roaming freely around me but I had to bail. Socks were too infested and abandoned at trailhead. Don’t get me wrong tho this is a great trail from November to February.

Great urban trail. Would not know your in a city. Challenging but not overwhelming.

backpacking
3 months ago

First time hiking this trail and I always take these reviews into account when making my hiking plan. This is a great trail and surprisingly hard, though it didn't seem like it should be! Don't think I could have done this in one day. The west side of the loop was pretty brushy and I wish I had a machete at one point. This late in the spring lots of growth should be expected when the tree canopy disappears. Seen other reviewers say this and that about trail markings. The blazes are easy to find and I never questioned where the trail was. But there are lots of secondary Equestrian trails and the intersects ARE NOT well marked for hikers. Very confusing. Be prepared to back track a little, not much, to find your trail and TRUST the white blazes. Additionally there are a lot of yellow signs that say TO CAMP and I think they are talking about horse camp. not sure. Also saw some negative comments about horse dung but I saw very little. Honestly the east side of the trail was well traveled by horses and that made the trail smoother. Horses kick the little rocks out of the way over time and helped my feet! A final note, I have never hiked this trail before and planned on using the spring as my fill up point. The main spring pool was disgusting. Lots of duff and scum floating. No way I was getting any water from that. There is a lower pool where the water is flowing and looked moderately better. I was really worried about drinking the water but I filtered it, drank it, no ill effects. The other water source was Cedar Creek and it was flowing with lots of water. Good source. Also several good primitive camp sites on both sides of the creek. All in all a great trail but some sign improvements are needed for hikers.

hiking
3 months ago

absolutely awesome trail.

Well marked trail, though I was coming from the HTS rec area counter clockwise and the scenic trail fork wasn't evident enough for my comfort. Though it might be better marked coming the other direction. As it's the beginning of the season there are a few felled trees and some overgrown areas. There was one particularly (looked fairly newly) tree downed across the trail was that was quite challenging to navigate. I believe it was the west side of snake mountain somewhere. Otherwise a pleasant and surprisingly quick hike. Lots of campsites all around. Some of the trail had fresh horse tracks, (handy when I thought I was losing the blazes) but which also meant horse discharge on trail. This smell doesn't bother me but I can see if others find it off putting. (just watch your step) :)

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