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I really enjoyed my time here. it was my first solo venture, and I felt it couldn't have been a better experience. most of the trail was easily mapped and accessible, and I would rate this trail as a moderate didficulty because it was not very challenging as far as elevation. I will definitely be back.

Excellent trail, once you get passed the larger rocks it’s great and the top view is excellent, trail took about 2 hours to complete.

I hiked this on a cloudy December day. It was secluded, quiet, and peaceful. There are some nice views from overlooks along the South Rim trail. Much of the rest of the scenery is somewhat monotonous. I encountered a few deer, birds of prey, and a family of hogs. Portions of the Boundary Loop are muddy and require hiking boots. Most of the elevation change is along the Boundary Loop. Trail marking is overall very good. The whole walk took around 4 hours.

I did not expect to go bouldering when I started this trail. As someone without experience in rock climbing, I might have been smart to take someone with me. That said, this was a very enjoyable hike. Pack plenty of water. Saw a free range bison near the trail head.

This was a great trail! Good hike!

Very nice Trail. Very well maintained. great views of the lake. I saw five or six deer. perfect weather. a very simple Trail though.

rock climbing
1 month ago

This was the hike to the first outdoor rock climb I did in 1999. First part of the hike is easy, but eventually turns into crawling over and through car and bus-sized boulders. Very fun

backpacking
1 month ago

As previously mentioned, the west side of the trail is in rough shape and there is no water until you hit the OT. We did enjoy the great weather and the last of the fall colors.

backpacking
1 month ago

This is a great length of trail for an easy overnighter, but the west side of the loop is quite rough! No one should use my recording to aid them on the west portion because there were many times we completely lost the trail - no blazes in sight and the trail just seemed to dead end into brambles. We took the scenic route option at the sign giving the option between that and the Horse Thief Springs trail around Snake Mountain, and maybe it would have been better if we had kept to the main trail. Much of the trail is fairly overgrown, even once we rejoined the main trail. There was also no water source we could use from Cedar Lake to Horse Thief Springs along the west loop. The spring itself is pretty nasty looking. The first water we found that was running enough to collect was a half mile onto the east loop. There are also great campsites there. The east loop was amazing - beautiful, well marked, plenty of water, and lots of great camping spots.

It was a great trail. Easy to follow but I’m still glad I had my map downloaded!

My husband and I had so much fun on this trail! There are plenty of large boulders to climb and see amazing views, rock formations, and two waterfalls. We took our time with this trail because we were enjoying going off the trail and doing our own thing.
There are multiple places where the trail is a little difficult to follow, and the trail map doesn't help a whole lot. Also, there are some places that would be very challenging for elderly people or children. Overall, so much fun!

We've hiked this many times over the past few years. It's a great trail. The West side of the loop is in bad shape other than that it's great.

I started later in the day I wanted to...it got hot out there! I started from Sunset and took the trail south all the way to the Post Oaks trailhead. The trail was easy to follow to the boulder field and I saw two deer on the way. I didn’t realize there is supposed to be a trail around the right (west) side of the boulder field so I climbed over the boulders in the way down the trail. If you’re not careful you can slip and fall and get hurt, so make sure you stay within your abilities.

Once I left the boulder field the trail started to become hard to follow at times. There are a few side trails and no markings at all. I had a tool map and limited gps reception on my phone, so once I ended up off course for a way I would backtrack and find the right path. That turned out to be the theme of the day. I saw what I assume to be parts of a buffalo skeleton in a small creek. Once I neared the Post Oak falls the trail(s) kind of went all over the place. I knew if I continued to follow the creek downstream I would end up at the other trailhead.

Overall, this is a rewarding hike and it offers unique opportunities that you won’t get in other parts of Oklahoma. Make sure you’re familiar with the trail before you start and keep an eye out for the landmarks to remember where you’re headed!

backpacking
3 months ago

Nice trail. Gorgeous view.

You would think your in Colorado. Great views, rock formations.

Only time for a short hike, maybe 3 miles total out and back. I will definitely go back to explore that and the other trails in the area. Saw an area where deer had bedded down, with prints visible under the grass.

This trail was great. Very well marked. Went in to 3 mile marker and turned around and came out. We were thrilled to see lots of deer and no snakes! Very peaceful and beautiful scenery. The trail itself is marked as moderate, I found it to be much easier than the east side.

Hiked this with my daughter on 6-12-18 and used the West Scenic loop. Several areas where the blackberry’s and brush have overgrown the trail. Also some areas where trees have blocked the path and you have to work your way around. I also think some of the white tree markers were burned off and haven’t been remarked. I hiked this last year around the same time and it was in much better shape. I will do it again next year but definitely take a machete to hack through some of the brush.

hiking
7 months ago

As of this posting all water sources are dry. We started off at the vista and hiked down tot he creek and back. A few white tail deer on the path, but overall a very pretty hike.

Great hike

backpacking
8 months ago

First time hiking this trail and I always take these reviews into account when making my hiking plan. This is a great trail and surprisingly hard, though it didn't seem like it should be! Don't think I could have done this in one day. The west side of the loop was pretty brushy and I wish I had a machete at one point. This late in the spring lots of growth should be expected when the tree canopy disappears. Seen other reviewers say this and that about trail markings. The blazes are easy to find and I never questioned where the trail was. But there are lots of secondary Equestrian trails and the intersects ARE NOT well marked for hikers. Very confusing. Be prepared to back track a little, not much, to find your trail and TRUST the white blazes. Additionally there are a lot of yellow signs that say TO CAMP and I think they are talking about horse camp. not sure. Also saw some negative comments about horse dung but I saw very little. Honestly the east side of the trail was well traveled by horses and that made the trail smoother. Horses kick the little rocks out of the way over time and helped my feet! A final note, I have never hiked this trail before and planned on using the spring as my fill up point. The main spring pool was disgusting. Lots of duff and scum floating. No way I was getting any water from that. There is a lower pool where the water is flowing and looked moderately better. I was really worried about drinking the water but I filtered it, drank it, no ill effects. The other water source was Cedar Creek and it was flowing with lots of water. Good source. Also several good primitive camp sites on both sides of the creek. All in all a great trail but some sign improvements are needed for hikers.

The trail was very well kept even if it was early in the season. Bit cold and windy when I went but it made the boulder hopping a lot more fun that way. Gorgeous views!

Well marked trail, though I was coming from the HTS rec area counter clockwise and the scenic trail fork wasn't evident enough for my comfort. Though it might be better marked coming the other direction. As it's the beginning of the season there are a few felled trees and some overgrown areas. There was one particularly (looked fairly newly) tree downed across the trail was that was quite challenging to navigate. I believe it was the west side of snake mountain somewhere. Otherwise a pleasant and surprisingly quick hike. Lots of campsites all around. Some of the trail had fresh horse tracks, (handy when I thought I was losing the blazes) but which also meant horse discharge on trail. This smell doesn't bother me but I can see if others find it off putting. (just watch your step) :)

Challenging fun rocky rewarding hike

Started at Sunset TH. Nice trail, especially for the hike down the Valley of the Boulders (where you'll also find the 'Apple & Pear'). Before the Valley trail is very obvious. Arriving at the boulders search for the trail at the right hillside (don't start to scramble down the boulders). After the Valley the trail sometimes gets less well defined in certain spots. Follow main trail till parking lot at southern end of trail (various spur trails here). Crab Eyes was part of the trail, I made it just below the eye catching rock.

backpacking
9 months ago

Well marked trail with several campsites along the way.

This is one of my favorite trails- I love the boulder valley and the views when you get to the lakes. Definitely lacks a little in signage in several places. I always orient to the Apple and Pear rock formation just in case!

Beautiful hike, but signage was awful and nonexistent in some spots. We started from the southern trailhead, and the trail disappears almost immediately over the rocks. Find the easiest way down and you should be able to figure out where the trail picks up from there. The trail forks not long after that with no signage to indicate which way is which (there was a wooden post that may have been a sign at one point) - after some backtracking and head-scratching, we figured out the left fork is the main trail and the right joins back up to the main trail at some point, but is much more strenuous and hard to follow. At this point we came across a dead bison right alongside the trail that smelled like it had been there for a couple days at least. Not long after the main trail comes to another fork with no signs. Not sure where the left fork goes, but we went right and that ended up being the correct way. Very soon after that is another intersection that confused us for a long time. The rightmost trail goes to Post Oak Falls and the main trail continues along the creek, with another third trail branching off between the two that wasn't marked and we didn't explore but seemed to go up the ridge above the creek. The main trail seems to dead-end at a small trickling waterfall that may be confused as Post Oak Falls (we did at first), but you actually have to climb over the waterfall to continue the trail- I can see where this might confuse and turn away some hikers. The trail is a little hard to follow here but just continue along the creek until the trail becomes easier to see. There was another sign in this area that was broken and swinging around on one pole, so we had no idea which way it was supposed to be facing- you should be able to see Crab Eyes from here, just head in that direction into the boulder field. This was the funnest part of the hike, with a lot of small caves to explore. You have to scramble for a bit to continue along the trail, and try to remember where you exited as it's not clear on the way back. The trail after this was easy and well-marked all the way to the Sunset Trailhead.

I thought the trail was great. Spooked 4 deer that were bedded down along the trail. The trails are very well maintained.

Great trail and the boulder climbs were awesome. I recommend gloves if you're going to enjoy the boulders.

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