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hiking
6 days ago

Short but modestly challenging hike and little bit of a rock scramble. We brought our nearly 4-year-old, and he successfully made it up and down with only a little parental boosting. Trail breaks into several paths to ascend and descend the final climb, so there are several options to find a good way up. Lovely in fall weather, but would be hot in summer without shade.

mountain biking
20 days ago

I took my kids with me to this trail. It was a nice day although it was kind of windy, but that’s Oklahoma for you. My kids were on their bikes and I road my longboard. The trail itself was fun to be on but the area was sketchy. There was a lot of trash on the trail. People in the bushes camping/living made it uncomfortable for me when they’d come out of the bushes out of no where. Some other sketchy activity going on. I would go back by myself but I wouldn’t take my kids.

hiking
29 days ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Not sure if we just couldn’t find the way you’re ‘supposed’ to reach the top but some scrabbling over rocks on your hands & knees is definitely required. Great view at the top!

Good experience! No ticks but we got chiggers. Dog loved it. Got a bit lost the trail markers are not very helpful, thank goodness for GPS. Will definitely use again.

The Kite Trail travels on top of a neat little gorge, although the numerous offshoots can make it a bit difficult to follow at times. The dam crossing had some water flowing over it, but if you’re careful you can cross it if it is t too high. The water was only an inch or so deep in the middle past if the dam, but any higher than that and I wouldn’t do it. The water covered part was a little slick, and a misstep would have sent me 15’ down the spillway into some rocks or off into the deep side with nothing to grab onto.

Once I hit the loop it was pretty easy going. There are trail markers but at times it isn’t entirely clear which direction you need to go. There isn’t a lot of cell service there (Verizon) so make sure you have a map or a gps app on your phone.

I decided to cut my trip short because I didn’t feel like crossing the dam and taking the Kite Trail back to the trailhead so I went off trail near the 40-foot hole and headed east. An animal trail followed the creek towards the parking lot and I was able to cross the creek across one of the parking lots where bushes and other debris piled up and the creek was able to spread out and get shallower. I’m not sure if that would have been wise following heavy rains though.

hiking
2 months ago

There are seed ticks! You will get hundreds or so on you! Otherwise great trail, well maintained, the dogs had fun.

Kite Trail has a lot of off-shoots that can be confusing, but Bison Trail is very well marked. We saw buffalo (2), lonhorns (3), a snake, (1) black widow, and 5 other people (that's it!). I was surprised how few people were out there, given that we hiked it on Labor Day. When we arrived a little after 8 AM, we were the only car in the parking lot. It was great!

There were tons of tiny ticks. Bring lots of bug spray and water. This trail took about 2 miles an hour due to all the twists and turns. It's very easy to get going in the wrong direction. Parts of the trail are hard to determine if you are on the right one. There are so many trails to choose from. I will definitely go back in the fall once the tick have gone.

ticks were TERRIBLE even with Deet spray. great trail tho.

2 months ago

This used to be a great trail but when they added the billion dollar highway so people could walk and not get their shoes dirty they cut out half the trail. The north and east side is still intact but even that is being destroy by sewage pipe construction.

trail running
2 months ago

Love the trails here! Only negative would be the LOW LIFE PEOPLE that leave their trash around in areas!

Started on Kite Trail and made our way to Bison Trail. There are several little side trails off of Kite Trail, which can be a little confusing. For that reason I'd say Kite Trail is not well-marked. However, the Bison and Longhorn Trails are marked very well. To get from the Kite Trail to the Bison Trail, you'll cross over the dam. Then you can follow the Bison loop all the way around or cut it a little short by crossing over the Longhorn Trail. The annoying part about this trail is that (as you see on the map) you have to double-back to the Kite Trail to cross back over at the dam and do the Kite Trail all over again. However, as you make the the turn for the last stretch of the Bison Trail, there's an unmarked trail to your right that will take you to a beach area where you can cross the river very easily. The parking lot is right across from this crossing. Nice little short cut if you don't want to walk up and down the river again!

Scenic and not crowded. Very nice trail for a bike, a walk, anything to get you moving.

walking
3 months ago

Nice long trail. We walked along Lake Overholster Drive from NW39th to NW10th. Sidewalk the whole way with the exception of walking out on the skinny strip of land that makes the little kayaking area. I would not consider this a "hiking" trail, it was a walking path through a park. Still nice though, I was just hoping to be a little more out in nature. We will probably go back when we're looking to walk a little bit of distance.

This was a great well maintained easy trail.
On the drive home we noticed hundreds of seed ticks on us. Please heed the tick warnings for July 2018!!

trail running
3 months ago

I ran it but it’s road running not trail. Beautiful morning run before they let the cars use the road

Just a great trail all around. The Kite section the most scenic. Saw buffalo skeleton along the way.

Holy ticks!!!! We would be back if it wasn’t for the ticks. May try again when it’s cooler. That many ticks just wasn’t worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

I have lived here for almost two years and just discovered this gem. Always heard about it, driven over the bridge a million times. I hiked the trail today, sort of. I don't like sidewalks so I hiked lakeside as much as I could! Lots of nice places to sit and rest. I'm a fan! I will be back alot since it is so close to home!

trail running
4 months ago

I love these trails for close to home hiking/running, but tend to stay away during the summer months due to ticks/chiggers. The few times I’ve ventured on these trails between May and September I’ve returned home with a ridiculous amount of ticks. I frequent these trails December thru March with much less of a tick problem.

Gorgeous, easy trail. There are some rocks to climb and water to play in along the way. Fairly trafficked, and lots of trash honestly. I carried a lot of what I came across out with me.

mountain biking
4 months ago

needs to be cleared out lots ove overhang and a tremendous amount of ticks. if you come bring some high deet spray . I had over 100 tick bites using 40% deet. trails are really fun and the the plaid trail is very fast and flowy.

hiking
4 months ago

Quick and fun, not much shade so bring sunscreen and recommend boots over shoes for some ankle support. Lots of ways to the top so you can decide how aggressive you want the climb to be.

road biking
5 months ago

One of my favorite places to ride. It starts on 10th and council and connects all the way to the OKC river where you can continue all the way to the boat house with dedicated trails and loop back for a 30mi ride if you choose. This section here is around 8mi each direction. It’s very secluded with lots of dress and is very nicely maintained .......hope they keep it up!
They are continuing to develop it making more access points all along the trail for people who live in different parts. You pass a couple of nice lakes making the hole trip very rewarding.

on Mount Scott Overlook

hiking
5 months ago

Great views. It’s a nice drive up but hiking isn’t to be had here.

Head across the road by the lake for a moderate hike. It gets a bit dicey in the winter and months following ice can still be on the rocks so be cautious. Also bring extra lighting if you go anytime in the fall. It gets dark and fast.

Mount Scott has a beautiful view. I definitely recommend the drive up (for everyone). Next time, we plan to hike up the Mountain.

Kite trail is very enjoyable with the family, singles, or couples. The view is beautiful. It's a semi-long trail. You can climb or just follow the trail. It took us 3 1\2 hours to complete from beginning to end (including stop for lunch, and enjoying the view).

hiking
5 months ago

Fun trail with lots of easy ups and downs.

walking
6 months ago

Just an FYI…. As of Dec 2017 the Mt. Scott Road is open to foot-traffic only (pedestrians/bicyclists) from 6 AM to 9:30 AM. Group size is restricted to 8 persons or less and users must remain on pavement until sunrise. From 9:30 to sunset, the road is open for motorized travel. Pedestrians and bicyclists will not be permitted to walk/bike road after it is open for motorized travel.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Great for biking. Surroundings make for a nice ride.

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