Explore the most popular trail running trails in Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Took a quick hike late in the afternoon when it was cooler. Lots of loose rocks and little to no shade but short and sweet with great views.

5 days ago

Amazing hike and rock climbing. Can get a bit dicey in the winter months. My fiancé proposed here (well on one of the mountains near the lake/tower area). It’s a magical place for me. Love it. Definitely a moderate hike/trail area.

rock climbing
5 days ago

Trails are easy when staying on the path.
Rocks adjacent to them - not so easy lol. I have hiked it twice and getting to the summit is easier in the spring than the fall. It gets dark quick so plan early and bring extra lighting.

Total time spent was a couple of hours each way to the summit of the mountain next to the tower. I’ve seen some folks fishing the lake there but I never got over to it.

Last trip was in January and it was very cold. Ice still on the rocks which can make for a dicey climb. Still very worth it.

My fiancé proposed on top of the mountain next to the tower, it was a perfect hike with an amazing sunset. Cold but beautiful.

Great mountain trails. A lot of rock climbing son and German Shepherd had no problem. Two thumbs up from poppy!

26 days ago

Nice short trek with great views. Easy trail for everyone.

My dad and I took this trail with my dog and we loved it! The view was amazing, the hike in was really easy! We where a little confused at one point it V’s and the right goes away from the tower. So we turned around and went left and had no other problems. We found a rattle snake on the path on the way back down!! So be be careful!

very easy trail to follow

Challenging fun rocky rewarding hike

1 month ago

This was a nice trail at first but then at the base of the trail it basically disappeared at the base of the hill. We had to scramble up boulders and basically follow a animal trail to get to the top.

beautiful at sunset

2 months ago

Nice hike... great view

Great trail! Took my boys ages 8, and 14. Had a wonderful time. Definitely will be back.

2 months ago

Easy one. Nice views. Wore my 1 year old. Not strollerable

Easy hike, wish the tower was open and able to get inside for the view.

It was a great hike! Definitely one of the hardest hikes that I have been on. It was worth all of the work, and I will say that it’s definitely harder if you don’t follow the trail the whole way. Definitely a hike that you should take!;)

Love this trail, some seriously boulders at the end toward the peak. Would not recommend bringing a small dog if you plan on finishing lol

Great hike, short, but fun. Cool seeing the old tower at the top.

6 months ago

Good little hike ,easy. Seen a bunch of deer an beaver.

Returned and did this trail again. Absolutely the best. I spent and you should spend hours exploring the mountain top. fabulous views, rock formations.

Easy hike, short hike. We took our baby in our hiking backpack with us. Great views and the castle at the top was fun.

7 months ago

Easy hike, good for kids. The signs are a little sketchy.

This was a perfect first-time hike for our family of 5. We took a 9, 5, and 2 year old. Took us about an hour, with off-and-on carrying of the 2 year old.
The kids loved getting to see the "castle."

8 months ago

Hiked this trail with my 4-year-old in October. Thought this was a great hike for a kid. It's a short trail with different terrains and great views. It hits right by the lake (passed several people fishing here), some parts are an easy walk through the fields, you got some rocky terrain, a little bit of elevation, hit a couple of creeks where we had to do some rock-hopping to keep our shoes dry, arriving at the top for great views of the lake.

Took us about an hour and a half to hike this trail at a very slow pace.

8 months ago

Short simple hike around the prairie. A minor trail in the park. OK for kids.

Nice trail with a little elevation. There was a lot of mud and water due to recent rainstorms which just made it more fun for us. Getting to the tower was really neat after passing it on many trips to the refuge.

One of my favorite Oklahoma hikes. It's a nice climb to the peak of Elk Mt with a great payout. I've hiked this trail with a 9 and 10 year old with no issues (other than complaining). .
One you summit, there is also the option to continue off-trail for some bouldering.
Although the hike is mostly an ascent, the trail is well-maintained.

The trails are not clearly marked so get ready for a fun adventure to the top! the view from up is breath taking

awesome hike...

The trail is steep in places. It is beautiful at the top. You can stay on the flatter part and go all the way to the west side of mtn then when the mtn starts sloping down again you can get to the apple and the pear on the west side of mtn.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Absolutely Stunning! Found an old mine at the top of Elk Mountain Trail that a Park Ranger told my group and I about! Anyone Else find it?

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