Mount Scott Nature Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Elgin, Oklahoma that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Length2.8 miElevation gain82 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsLakeViewsNo shade
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Rhett Taylor
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Well marked and easily navigated trail. Great for families.

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Cassie Schuh
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Lots of water to cross made it difficult for small children

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Michael Dalby
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Easy 3 mile hike.

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nini agai
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awesome easy hike! saw white tail bucks, wild turkeys and the beautiful lake at the end!!

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Elizabeth Gadsby
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James Johnston
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Once again the trail isn’t marked. Just a refuge gate and what looks to be a utility road only open refuge officials. But it is the trail according to AllTrails. The entire trail is packed natural surface. The trail is wide as a vehicle with the center over grown in parts. Even with the tall grass on the trail, the trail is well maintained. Depending on the season you may have several water crossings as you cross several creeks. When you get to the lake the trail is about finished. The trail ends several 100 (maybe more) from the U.S. Military Base Fence. We started our hike in the late afternoon. Even with the cooler temperatures of the mid 60s to the low 70s and slight breeze the trail got warm. In the summer, this trail will be difficult with the temperature reach 90+. The sun beats down on for most of the trail. You do go into the trees for a short time. But that’s about 5 minutes then you are back in the direct sunlight again. The there and back trail took about an hour and fifteen minutes to complete. We saw very little animal life on the trail. We heard the birds chirping and came across a juvenile Scarlett King Snake sunning itself across the trail. Lake Elmer Thomas was nice but the area was so overgrown and a recent snake siting we were interested in exploring more of the lake area. We continued further down the trail and the further we got the more overgrown it got. When we saw the fence for the fort with no trespassing signs everywhere, we turned back. We liked the trail and its has some beautiful views with the potential to see some wildlife along the trail. The water crossing adds some difficulty as well. But for most of the year its a dry creek bed. But its still an easy trail and is a good trail for beginners, trail runners, young children, and a first day shake down trail. Will will do this trail again? Maybe during the spring wildflower season or we have family with us who want to do the trail.

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Jaclyn Morrison
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P.j. Walker
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Stacy Ellis
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Easy but very hot with some shade throughout. Only saw gecko, dragonflies and grasshoppers. Enjoyable and will go again earlier in the day or in the spring or fall

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Christy Wimer
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Great easy trail to see the nature of the refuge. There’s a lot of animals and wildflowers to see (we hiked in May). Two small water crossings and the rest of the trail is pretty much gravel. Brought our 8&5 yo boys and they had no issues doing this hike. Great views of the lake and Mount Scott.

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Jose Vazquez
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Great easy trail. Amazing for beginners or people who doesn’t go out much.

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Lindzy Cullins
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This trail is super easy and kid friendly with several viewing options and picnic tables to eat on before you hike or after! perfect

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Kevin Woody
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Nice trail. Easy. A few creeks to cross

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James Ketner
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The highlights were the 6 stream crossings, the lake views and the views on Mt Scott!

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George Simons
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Good day out with my wife and the dogs... a break in the distraction that is COVID19.

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Mandy Clymans
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Hunter Hampton
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This was a fun and easy trail. We did run into a few creek areas that were not jumpable. We had waterproof boots so we could walk through the shallow parts in order to continue the trail. It did, however, rain the day before so the water may not always be present. It had absolutely beautiful views of the hills and water. Would definitely walk again. I also had 3 dogs which was also not a problem. There were a few caccti near the end so be careful with that.

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David Shauberger
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This is officially trail #18 on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge map. The trail head is off the Mount Scott picnic area by the restrooms. It is an abandoned road. 3.00 mile out and back. Flat and easy thru prairie. The trail dead ends into a fence for Ft Sill Army base, but offers some great views of both lake Elmer Thomas and Mt Scott

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Daniel Aloysius
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Kayely Willard
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Angie Fenton
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Outdoor Nomad
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Max Nelson
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zachary bliss
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Joshua Contreras
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Debbie Murnan
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Chris Miller
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Jeff Fletcher
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