Elk Mountain Trail

MODERATE 173 reviews

Elk Mountain Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Indiahoma, Oklahoma that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
580 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

From I-44 take Highway 49 (exit 45). Go west 10 miles to the Refuge gate. If coming from Highway 62, take Highway 115 (Cache exit) north to the Refuge Gate.

10 days ago

great trail just beautiful

12 days ago

Short, but beautiful hike in the wilderness area of the refuge. There are no markers (unlike the Dog Run Hollow trail system) but the trail is easy to follow. At the top of the mountain various (gradually disappearing) trails lead to different lookout points.

hiking
18 days ago

We did Elk Mountain twice, Crab Eyes, Kite Trail, and Bison Trail all while carrying 45 lb backpacks. Great conditioning for some of upcoming endurance races. In total our hiking time was 7 hours, we burned over 2700 calories and took 42k steps. The trails were great and the weather was perfect!

23 days ago

I love this trail because of the view- not just from the top either! Well traveled, but still easy to get off on a side trail, so be careful. The rocks can be slick when damp... we average 1.5 hours (more with a toddler)...

hiking
25 days ago

more people than you would excpect but still nice, not super long but a good climb to bring along the dog or kids

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail... I go up all the time...

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, very well marked for the most part. You can get off the trail slightly on the rock flats, but just use the map feature of the all trails app to get back on course. Amazing views at the top!

2 months ago

Enjoyed this climb up the mountain very much. Beautiful scenery the entire way, and at the top the views were spectacular in every direction. Next time I go, I will allow for more time at the top. There is so much to see, but I wanted to make it to the bottom before dark. Lost the path on the way down, but that was due to nothing less than just not paying attention. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for sure! Can’t wait to go back!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Clearly marked in most places and well hiked with moderate traffic on a Saturday morning. Very doable for families, dogs, etc.

2 months ago

My favorite in the wildlife refuge! Great views!

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve done this one several times, very moderate. Some awesome rock formations at the top that are fun to explore. There’s a cave up near the top as well, filled with just a little water...but definitely worth poking around in.

hiking
3 months ago

Great half-day hike! The terrain will work your ankles so make sure your boots are laced up. I would not recommend in Nike’s or other tennis shoes.

The top was beautiful and gave plenty of opportunity to explore and wander.

A lot of the reviews said it was tough finding the trail on the way back down. I did not have this issue at all and thought the trail was easily identifiable.

Great time investment and exercise.

Resting heart rate to start was 43 bpm, maxed at 131 bpm. Good days work.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Steep climb but worth it. Great views, great rock formations, a lot to explore when you get to the top.

rock climbing
4 months ago

Great hike! It’s easy to go off trail but there’s a lot of bouldering and rock climbing opportunities if you hike up the mountain area. Wear long pants, there’s a lot of stickers.

5 months ago

Great trail. Straightforward. Beautiful. Great views await you at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome trail! Can be a little tough to stay on it in spots on the way up as there are few trail markers but overall not too difficult to figure out. All uphill on the way out but the effort is worth it for the amazing views at the top!

6 months ago

Great hike. Great views. Sometimes it's hard to stay on the trail on the way down. Fun afternoon!

hiking
7 months ago

Firstly this is a great hike. Hands down. The views are great Oklahoma really shows up for you and if you can do it early in the morning you'll get great shade almost all the way up.

Now the trail is pretty overgrown. So be careful. You can end up in a mess of cacti really quickly. We always take our pack (aka our three dogs) with us and we were picking needles out of feet for 30 minutes till we found the trail again.

We've done Machu Picchu and I 100% wish I'd known about Elk Mountain BEFORE going we'd have visited a few times to train, I think it would have made Peru easier. Then all you have to do is take away the oxygen and you've got Peru.

Elk Mountain is almost 100% steps. You will be kissing your knees almost the entire way up and then it's a great core control workout on the way down. Pack a nice snack and rest at the top, but go early and don't let the mountain defeat you, also it's probably less a mountain and more a rock formation...but it's semantics at this point.

Lastly it get 4 stars solely due to the cacti....

hiking
7 months ago

It is a nice trail that can be done is less than 3 hours. It offers great views with a little exploration at the top of you desire.

9 months ago

10 months ago

Not too hard not too easy. Great view at the top!

10 months ago

Beautiful trail with some challenging steep parts. The view is worth it. Might be difficult for a novice to find their way BACK down the mountain and to the trail--would suggest spray paint or some way to mark your steps.

10 months ago

Loved it

10 months ago

Wichita mountains are amazing. Great hike that presents a little challenge. The giant boulders are an amazing work of nature. Lots of fun to hop and climb.

hiking
11 months ago

great trail with wonderful views. lots of boulders to climb so you cam take kids but you may miss out on some of the sights depending on their ability.

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

I think this is some of the best hiking in the OKC area - only about an hour out. Very rocky trail, could be an ankle buster for some. About a 2 mile round trip. Parking and trail can be pretty busy on a nice day during peak times.

hiking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

This was one of my most memorable hikes one October morning. Climbed through fog to come out in sunshine above the clouds, with only a few of the highest peaks showing.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

its worth the hike.

hiking
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Easy to moderate trail that gets its rating based on the uneven/rocky path and the elevation change. But, it's a quick one to do with great views at the top.

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