Elk Mountain Trail

MODERATE 145 reviews

Elk Mountain Trail is a 2.2 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
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
570 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.

hiking
20 days ago

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

rock climbing
28 days 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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!

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
3 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.

5 months ago

6 months ago

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

6 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.

6 months ago

Loved it

6 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
7 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
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

its worth the hike.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

was a great trail to spend some time hiking with friends. had a few rocks and things that had to be climbed, but overall was a gradual step up until the upper part. we ended up going down a path at the end that was next to a river, and it ended up being much more difficult but a lot of fun. took around 30 min to get back, and around 1.5 hours going up with us stopping at every nice view.

hiking
10 months ago

A good trail for a work out. I was surprised by how many people were on the trail. It won't be a quiet nature walk if you go on a week-end. Lots of washed out spots on the trail, but easy to follow. Take water, take breaks, you'll do fine. Nice views from the top and some boulders to climb around on. There is actually a lot to explore up there if you have the time

10 months ago

This trail was pretty rocky and we were tired by the time we got to the top.(We are almost 50 years old). Very pretty once you make it to the top. Trail wasn't marked real clear so we ended up off the trail coming down. Good hike and we might do it again when we are in better shape.

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