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The hike itself was short. Depending on your fitness level it will probably take most between 45-75 minutes to get to the top. Dogs can do this trail no problem. There are also some scrambling/bouldering opportunities. Views are really nice. NO TRAIL MARKINGS WHATSOEVER SO PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE YOU’RE GOING ON THE WAY UP.

hiking
17 days ago

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

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

18 days ago

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

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.

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.

The trail is really more of a goat path but it's great fun climbing boulders and seeing great veiws. We went right after a big rain and the creek was flowing full force.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike beautiful scenery.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Out and back short trail in the campground area. There was barely any views and we could hear people from the campground on the entire walk. This is the first trail at the Wichita Mountains that I just did not enjoy. Maybe if you're camping there and just need a walk.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail with good views and access to the 40 Foot Hole. Rated only three stars because compared to the other trails at the Wichita Mountains (Elk Mountain Trail, the Narrows, etc.), it's just wasn't as exciting. Lot's of little side trails that take you closer by the creek.

Hiked with my 5 year old and he had no problem walking this trail. Took us about 2 and a half hours.

2 months ago

Awesome hike! What is fantastic is that you get all of the terrain that exists in the Park in a single hike, exactly as the Park Ranger said. Plains, Hills, Forest, Wetlands with beautiful views of the gorge.

hiking
2 months ago

Height, streams and animals, it has everything for a moderate trail, the temperature was great and of course the colors of fall were breath taking, highly suggested to have a relaxing day!

2 months ago

The fall morning weather was perfect for a hike. The last time it rained was Tuesday so while it wasn’t super swampy everywhere, it was wet in places. Other than that, it kept the trail in good condition. I was a longhorn skeleton just off the trail near the Lost Lake dam. I saw a bunch of turkeys and heard an elk bugling just south of French Lake.

My husband and I had so much fun on this trail! There are plenty of large boulders to climb and see amazing views, rock formations, and two waterfalls. We took our time with this trail because we were enjoying going off the trail and doing our own thing.
There are multiple places where the trail is a little difficult to follow, and the trail map doesn't help a whole lot. Also, there are some places that would be very challenging for elderly people or children. Overall, so much fun!

Great trail to take kids on. Our 2 year old and 4 year old loved walking up the rocks.

hiking
3 months 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!

on Bison Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Fun hike! First time in the park and went right to this trail. Rocks, rivers, steams, woods and prairie. Plenty of water for the dogs. Made it in 2.5 hours. Toughest obstacle is 50 yards in. If you can cross that creek you can make the hike. Found some mushrooms on a cow-pie...gnarly.

I started later in the day I wanted to...it got hot out there! I started from Sunset and took the trail south all the way to the Post Oaks trailhead. The trail was easy to follow to the boulder field and I saw two deer on the way. I didn’t realize there is supposed to be a trail around the right (west) side of the boulder field so I climbed over the boulders in the way down the trail. If you’re not careful you can slip and fall and get hurt, so make sure you stay within your abilities.

Once I left the boulder field the trail started to become hard to follow at times. There are a few side trails and no markings at all. I had a tool map and limited gps reception on my phone, so once I ended up off course for a way I would backtrack and find the right path. That turned out to be the theme of the day. I saw what I assume to be parts of a buffalo skeleton in a small creek. Once I neared the Post Oak falls the trail(s) kind of went all over the place. I knew if I continued to follow the creek downstream I would end up at the other trailhead.

Overall, this is a rewarding hike and it offers unique opportunities that you won’t get in other parts of Oklahoma. Make sure you’re familiar with the trail before you start and keep an eye out for the landmarks to remember where you’re headed!

backpacking
3 months ago

Nice trail. Gorgeous view.

Gorgeous. Lots of streams, wildlife and climbing.

hiking
3 months ago

The trails closest to the river are the easiest to follow. Some areas you kinda have to guess where to go but they all lead back to the same place. The trail is absolutely beautiful and has amazing views. We saw all ages of people hiking it and it was enjoyable. It took us about 3 hours to make it down the trail to the next trail head and back (that includes frequent breaks to take pictures and eat some snacks). I would definitely recommend this trail to anyone who is looking for a day hike with great scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

The pup and I enjoyed the trail! Lots of loose rocks to maneuver over both up and down hill, I would say moderate difficulty, can lose the trail in some of the rock formation area. We enjoyed watching a group of people rock climbing by the water! Few spots of water on the trail, waterproof boots would come in handy. Good views, high grass.

4 months ago

Have only done a few small sections of this trail...nice views but poorly marked in some places.

Poorly marked and overgrown in most places. No clear path after creek crossing.

4 months ago

Not much vegetation, great trail regardless. Signs are not well posted and you may find yourself taking the wrong turn.

hiking
4 months ago

Terrific non-technical trail. Bring plenty of water, especially in the hot months. Plenty of bison, elk, deer, water and other assorted wildlife but especially rattle snakes. Wear gaiters and watch your step. They cover this area pretty well. Loose boulders/rocks can be a concern as well.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail with lots of trail fingers for exploring! My 9 and 5 year old cruised through this trail. Trail isn’t marked great but is easy to follow due to the traffic. Perfect for younger children!

hiking
5 months ago

Been living here in the Lawton/Fort Sill area for 6 years and while we’d been out the refuge area so many times, I’d never done a hiking trail until today. I took my 3.5 and 1 year old children with me. The 3.5 year old climbed his way up the bouldered areas and even made it down to the 40 foot hole all by himself! I carried my youngest on back and was able to climb up and down easily enough as well. It was a great first hike!

6 months ago

It's not well marked. But it even warns you ahead of time. I'm pretty sure I was off the trail within the first five minutes. But was a lot of fun. Looking forward to going back.

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