Kite Trail to Bison Trail Loop [CLOSED]

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Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge

Kite Trail to Bison Trail Loop is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Indiahoma, Oklahoma that features a lake 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: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 524 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

closed

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

16 days ago

Very pretty hike! I usually prefer trails where I can climb. But the scenery in this one definitely made up for the flatness in it. Do prepare for a lot of critters! There were lizards everywhere you look! It's also pretty long. So make sure you pack A LOT of water!

hiking
28 days ago

Scenic. Fun. Cliffs and rocks with steams are cool!

now closed

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I love this hike. The first half of the hike is by far my favorite and the most secluded feeling you’ll get. It takes you along a valley until you reach the 40’ hole. Make sure you plan your hike on a calm early morning so that you can enjoy seeing elk, coyotes, and other critters on the trail. If you skip the Kite section it will take you about 2 hours at a steady pace without breaks so don’t be fooled thinking this is a day hike.

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

Great trail. Only a mile or so is scenic. This is a long trail for someone seeking solitude. Wear boots no avoiding water.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Awesome trail. Lots of beautiful scenery. There are a couple of places were you have to climb a few boulders, but nothing too hard. Lots of water if you need to refill with a filter. I will definitely be back!

hiking
off trail
rocky
3 months ago

Loved this trail. Beautiful scenery. The 40 foot hole, pretty rock colors, waterfalls and a fun dam crossing. My hiking partner and I did get off track a few times turning a 6.8 mile hike into a 7.5 hike. It can be confusing at times but using AllTrails helped a lot. Good workout because the trail is rocky and good elevation gain and loss. Would definitely do this one again.

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

awesome hike with my ladies

4 months ago

Nice trail some parts have more vegetation than others but overall a causal trail I would recommend for a day hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Far prettier and more interesting than I expected. We came at Christmas so there was very little vegetation or greenery but it was still beautiful in its own way. The trail had a mixture of easy trails though the woods, rocky outcrops and river walking. There are no mountains but the rocky hills are great with various colors of red and cream as the sun hits it. Worth the drive from DFW!

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no shade
rocky
5 months ago

Great hike!

it's a pretty long trail that you can just walk and enjoy the landscapes. Not to much things to see but if you just want a long walk in peace this would be the trail. But just don't try doing it on a sunny hot day, because there's hardly any shades and trees around.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
9 months ago

No shade, a bit over grown, and I went with my dog around 9am and went off trail to get back to trailhead. Saw lots of longhorns. Bring plenty of water. Trailhead had a sign that said closed after 10am. Got back to trailhead at 11. Keep close to creek. Beautiful view when you get close to the dam where Bison trail begins.

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no shade
over grown
rocky
10 months ago

a little overgrown near the river but be ready for little coverage. really dry out as well water is way down

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

an amazing hike. Great day trip. Not a lot of shade. about a quarter of the way in is a small waterfall and sometimes people do a little swimming. Please remember sunscreen is bad for the water life so apply after if you need it. Amazing views and opportunities to go off trial a bit too. Bring plenty of water too.

hiking
11 months ago

Just one more of the spectacular trails in the Wichita Wildlife refuge. Perfect day for hiking. The wildflowers are still out there showing off their beauty. Saw a couple of fancy mountain boomers and a few lizards we weren’t sure of.

hiking
rocky
Mon May 20 2019

I hiked this trail yesterday I made it up to the top where you can see the Canyon and water. it wasnt to hard but a stretch of rocks you have to walk through and it's up hill so be careful and pay attention so you dont twist your ankle, wear hiking shoes if you can. Wildflowers everywhere it was gorgeous this time of year. I will go back and complete the hike soon it started to get late so I turned around and went back.

hiking
Sat May 04 2019

This is a great trail to run since it is less rocky and has a nice wide trail. It does get a little rocky a few miles in and there are other trails that connect to it so be aware of which trail your on once by the creek. We did not hike the full loop but I plan to return and run the full next time. There are restrooms at the trail head.

hiking
Sun Apr 21 2019

This trail was great and a lot of fun easy to get off the trail and climb rocks and cross the river back and forth through the valley found some good spots to hammock also!!

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