Lake Wister Hiking Trail – 6 mi (O&B)

Lake Wister Hiking Trail - 6 mi (O&B) photo
Lake Wister Hiking Trail along Lake Wister

I had the day off Monday so I went hiking at Lake Wister State Park. The 3-mile Lake Wister Hiking Trail in many respects is a great hike. (Six miles to the end and back.) It is at a beautiful location along Lake Wister. Elevation-wise, it is not a difficult hike either.

Lake Wister Hiking Trail - 6 mi (O&B) photo
View of Lake Wister from the Hiking Trail

Unfortunately, the trail currently seems somewhat neglected. It is difficult to traverse a number of the areas because of overgrown brush. Also quite a few stretches of the trail are very low-lying and become impassible when there has been a lot of rain (or snow-melt as on Monday). And there is quite a bit of trash along the trail.

Lake Wister Hiking Trail - 6 mi (O&B) photo
Approximate elevation profile based on gps data.

Lake Wister Hiking Trail Map

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Lake Wister Hiking Trail - 6 mi (O&B) photo
Lake Wister Hiking Trail

Fortunately, there are only a few of these difficult-to-get-through spots. By and large, it is a very enjoyable trail to hike.

I have posted here my gpx file and some photos I took.

Lake Wister Hiking Trail - 6 mi (O&B) photo
Another View of Lake Wister from the Hiking Trail

Click here for GPX file download.

You can download the official trail map pdf here.

Lake Wister Hiking Trail - 6 mi (O&B) photo

Lake Wister Hiking Trail - 6 mi (O&B) photo
Lake Wister Hiking Trail – Contour Map (click to enlarge)
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Lake Wister Hiking Trail

LocationLake Wister State Park, LeFlore County, Oklahoma
Length/Type6 miles, out and back (3 miles each way)
DifficultyMildly challenging (2 of 5)
DirectionsTrail starts about 50 yards west of the Cabin Rental Office.
ATT Cell Coverage?Yes
Official Info(918) 655-7212; Website.
Date HikedMarch 22, 2010

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