Ouachita Trail 01: Pics of Talimena S.P. to Potato Hill Vista (0.0 to 2.4)

Ouachita Trail 01: Pics of Talimena S.P. to Potato Hill Vista (0.0 to 2.4) photo
Rock garden on Winding Stair Mountain, Ouachita Trail

The starting 2.4-mile Ouachita Trail segment from Talimena State Park to the Potato Hill Vista (mile point 0.0 to 2.4) has some nice scenic areas and quite a bit of climbing. The net elevation change is about 850 feet.

I like rocky areas and hills. As with much of Winding Stair Mountain, quite a bit of the trail is rocky, something that I think makes the trail more interesting.

Ouachita Trail 01: Pics of Talimena S.P. to Potato Hill Vista (0.0 to 2.4) photo
West-facing view, climbing up Winding Stair Mountain

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Highway 123 Falls (Ozark Forest)

Highway 123 Falls (Ozark Forest) photo
Highway 123 Falls, Ozark National Forest

We were fortunate to spend Thanksgiving weekend at the cabin.  It was an amazingly rainy weekend, and we got to spend a lot of time with rest and relaxation.

However, by Sunday I was starting to get cabin fever, and with all the rain, I knew the water would be flowing. We didn’t want to venture too far out in the wilderness as the rain had gone from light to very heavy, and as much as I love the outdoors, in a cold, wet rain can be a tough way to go about enjoying them.

After a couple of failed attempts to see other waterfalls (due to many water crossings being flooded), we headed down to check out Highway 123 Falls, a 47-foot Ozark National Forest waterfall in northeast Johnson County. Continue reading Highway 123 Falls (Ozark Forest)

Ouachita Trail 02: Pashubbe TH to Kiamichi River TH (Wilton Mtn.) (34.3 – 39.2)

Ouachita Trail 02: Pashubbe TH to Kiamichi River TH (Wilton Mtn.) (34.3 - 39.2) photo
South-facing view from east side of Wilton Mountain

This 4.8 mile Ouachita Trail Section 2 segment (9.6 miles out and back) just to the east of the Winding Stair National Recreation Area (LeFlore County, Oklahoma) climbs over Wilton Mountain, an offshoot of Rich Mountain.

As an out-and-back hike, it’s quite vigorous with 2,100 feet of total ascent. It has some beautiful views from Wilton Mountain.

I recently did the hike west to east starting at the Pashubbe Trailhead (mile point 34.3) to the Kiamichi River Trailhead (mile point 39.2) and then back.

Per my gps, the total hike is about 9.6 miles.

Ouachita Trail 02: Pashubbe TH to Kiamichi River TH (Wilton Mtn.) (34.3 - 39.2) photo
Panoramic Wilton Mountain vista shot from the west side

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