Elk Mountain Trail [CLOSED]

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Charons Garden Wilderness

Elk Mountain Trail is a 3.7 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Indiahoma, Oklahoma that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.7 km Elevation Gain: 176 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

scramble

closed

NOTE: It has been reported this trail has temporary closures due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Elk Mountain and Ridge Bushwhack Trail follows the Elk Mountain trail to the trails end and then heads west following the ridge/mountain top bushwacking to varies overlooks and bouldering opportunities.

hiking
15 days ago

It was an excellent trail very easy gradual hike up the mountain. Parking is easy.

closed
1 month ago

Currently closed by US Fish and Wildlife re: COVID-19

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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail, it’s straight up for about a mile at the beginning

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Nice day trip and hike. Rocky trail with beautiful view at the top. Definitely exceeded expectations and I recommend it. However, the trail is poorly marked, if at all, and you can get disoriented on the way back for sure. I lost the trail and after a few attempts to locate it I just continued downhill trying to stay northwest toward the bridge. After about 5min I found the trail again. Be sure to download a map beforehand.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

2 months ago

When we went, the road to the parking lot said that the road was closed. We ended up parking a little further down at a rangers station and walked a little ways, some people parked in the main lot anyways and seemed to get away with it. The trail going up was great, not too hard, not muddy, and great views. Coming down is another story, the trail splits off several times and is very confusing trying to find the right trail. Wish we would have downloaded the map- do it before because there is no coverage.

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rocky
2 months ago

Enjoyed this trail with hubby and adult son. Trail is rocky, good shoes a must. The trailhead parking area was quite crowded with many vehicles parked almost blocking the road. But the actual trail didn’t seem too crowded. The trails in this area aren’t well marked (none in Oklahoma seem to be!) but with this app you can find your way and stay on trail pretty well. Great views.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

Overall, I think the moderate rating is fair. There is quite a bit of elevation, great views at the top, and a good challenge. It was not marked at all, zero. So on the way down, we got turned around several times, because several ways looked like paths. Definitely download the map on the app to get through this.

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

Great trail! Me and my 13 year old Australian Shepherd had a great time hiking here. We got a little off trail on the way back down because it’s a little difficult to find the trail and there were quite a few rocky areas that require some big steps up, but overall it’s a great trail!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Great conditions today. Hiked up with a dog and 10 year old and both managed it with energy to spare. Pretty rocky path so I would recommend solid shoes with ankle support. This is a great hike to do and then tie in the Crab Eyes hike for after!

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rocky
3 months ago

recorded Elk Mountain Trail

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off trail
rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

If you go on a nice day, be prepared to find no available parking near the trail head. The trail is fairly obvious for most of the hike, but there are a few places where we genuinely didn't know if we were on the trail or not. There are very few spots with much shade, so be prepared to be in the sunlight for most of the trek. There are some makeshift trails on top of the mountain too if you feel like making the hike just a bit longer for the sake of seeing the views in every direction. I would definitely hike this one again.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

Great hike. Took the dogs but they are pretty athletic to climb all the steps and boulders. Lots of offshoots from the main trail so make sure to watch the map. Definitely some step steps the majority of the way up.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

We had such a nice hike today. We have been on this trail many times. Every time we go, we see a different kind of animal. Today, we actually saw a bull elk! No joke.

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rocky
washed out
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Lots of traffic at times. As all trails in the Wichita Wildlife Refuge, it could be marked much better.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Great trail! had many beautiful views along the way to the top. make sure to follow the trail map from here because you will get lost since it’s a hard trail to follow. be aware of your surroundings because you will run into elk on the trail. also took my dog which she enjoyed as well. Highly recommend!

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