Mountain Trail to Lake Carlton and Lake Wayne Wallace

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Robbers Cave State Park

Mountain Trail to Lake Carlton and Lake Wayne Wallace is a 7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Wilburton, Oklahoma that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 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.

Length7.0 miElevation gain1,230 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashCampingFishingHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestLakeRiverViewsWildlifeBugsOver grownRockyFee
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Self-service terminal to pay for parking, which costs $10/day

Parking and for fee camping available at the trailhead or free backpack camping along the trail. Robbers Cave State Park is a 8,246-acre park with 189 combined lake acres with Lake Carlton, Lake Wayne Wallace and Coon Creek. Take a horseback ride along scenic bluffs, enjoy excellent fishing opportunities for trout, perch, bass and catfish, or hike to the famous outlaw cave hidden in the formation of sandstone hills and cliffs that range from 300 to 1,500-ft in height. Robbers Cave State Park offers camping ranging from modern RV sites with hookups to primitive camping along secluded trails. Equestrian campsites are available, as well as lodging at the 20-room Belle Starr View Lodge. Every room of this lodge commands an impressive view of Coon Creek Lake and the forested valley below. This state park also offers single cabins, duplex cabins and two group camp facilities. An amphitheater is available, as well as five group picnic shelters. Also available are two indoor community rooms, each with a view of Lake Carlton. Both community rooms are within close proximity to a swimming area, playground and some of the park's recreational activities. Leashed pets are allowed in the park and in some cabins. Picnic tables, comfort stations with showers, boat ramps, a swimming beach, swimming pool with bathhouse, playgrounds, miniature golf, horseback riding stables, paddleboat rentals, a small grocery store, and a nature center with naturalist programs and exhibits round out the park's facilities.

Robbers Cave State Park Hwy 2 N Wilburton, OK 74578 Phone: 918-465-2565 Toll Free: 800-654-8240 Fax: 918-465-2781

Please note that the the park remains open year round, certain portions may be closed during winter months due to weather conditions. Trail is marked with a blue blazes.

Located 5 miles north of Wilburton, Oklahoma on Hwy 2. The trailhead is located at the south end of the Deep Ford Campground, on the west side of the low water dam. You must cross the dam to get to the trailhead. In high water, it can be accessed from Cattail Pond Trail.

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Heather OConnell
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Overall it is very well marked, but there are multiple areas where the markers can send you multiple directions. (I did get a bit lost in two separate spots though, so be alert). The first half closest to the trailhead (near campsites with the bridge crossing to begin) is by far the most scenic with some very nice view spots. If I went back, I would probably start at that end and do about 2 miles and turn back and explore the detours a little more. Was definitely pretty tired when I finished.

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Jake Adams
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amazing good weather and good times

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Cord Humphrey
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I recommend detouring onto the big john trail

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Kalley Hamilton
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Trust the Blazes!!! The maps are way off! Beautiful hike, ample water - both flowing and ponds.

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Jason Gibson
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Great trail

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Danny Le
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Gabriela Muñoz
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A ton of scenery and elevation changes kept it challenging. Will definitely hike again!

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Kelly Walters
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Trail was great! Lots of elevation change and lots of scenery change. We hiked with our 4 yr old and 9 year old. They were able to do the entire hike, although they are semi experienced hikers.

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Zachary Frazee
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CampingFeeGreat!Rocky

Did this hike on Christmas. Beautiful hike and well marked.

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Nadir Sumiran
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Gordon Fountain
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Hiked only a small part of the trail. Partner did not want to continue up the rocks to the first crest. I went to the top and then came back down. Will come back and do the entire trail. Rocky and steep in places but doable.

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taylor neveu
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V L
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We went in fall but there was still enough foliage that we couldn't see out well at the top of the trail without reaching a look out point. Not many people, this is the most difficult of the trails in the park I would think. It is absolutely steep and difficult for several parts of the trail once you get lake side. It would be hard for an agile dog in some spots. 4 stars because the people at the information post were super rude.

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Jay Noerper
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Billy Wiginton
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Madison Shehan
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Madison Shehan
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Leah D
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Kathy Glines
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Great trail. Will be doing it again.

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Julie Sandberg
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a few beautiful views but some really rocky, very steep terrain. I had to lift my aussies up onto a rock one.

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Joshua Zurel
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Trail was pretty well marked. I got lost one time but I think that was my mistake. I followed the road back to my campsite. there were some really nice views out there. I would do this trail again.

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Kevin Howe-Hart
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Nice way to get a scenic view of the area. Note that there are a few paths on top of the ridge, so if you are wandering where the views are, you could possibly be walking the more interior option. We found the lookouts on our return trip to the trailhead.

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