One of my favorite parts of the Ouachita Trail to walk is the 1.6 or so mile stretch of Section 1 between Horsethief Springs and Forest Road 6014 (to the east). This is on Winding Stair Mountain (Ouachita National Forest, LeFlore County, Oklahoma).
It’s easy to get to, and it’s an enjoyable scenic hillside walk on a part of the trail that’s usually in good condition. Much of it is lined with interesting rocks.
Back on November 26, 2015, I had a cool hike doing the 2.2-mile segment on the Ouachita Trail in LeFlore County, Oklahoma, from Deadman’s Gap (mile point 8.0) to Forest Road 6010 (about mile point 5.8).
This 2.2-mile segment of Section 1 of the Ouachita Trail (Ouachita Forest, LeFlore County, Oklahoma) runs from Forest Road 6010 to Deadman’s Gap (mile point 8.0). At that point, the OT crosses the Talimena Scenic Drive (Highway 88) over to the north side of Winding Stair Mountain.
This is a great 2.5-mile strip of the Ouachita Trail on Winding Stair Mountain (Ouachita National Forest, LeFlore County, Oklahoma). It’s easy to get to, has some wonderful views and very interesting terrain.
The highlight of this segment is the Winding Stair Mountain highpoint at about MM25. The elevation here is about 2,450 feet. At one time, there was a fire tower here (called “Winding Stair Fire Tower” or “Billy Fire Tower”).
This is the beginning of Section 02. It starts at the Winding Stair Trailhead and heads west climbing up to the Winding Stair Highpoint and then heads downhill to a saddle.
When I did the segment a couple of months ago, I turned around at that point, and headed back for a 5-mile hike. If you do it that way, it’s a pretty vigorous hike with nearly 1,200 feet of total elevation gain.
The 3.5 mile stretch of the Ouachita Trail from the Potato Hill Vista spur to Forest Road 6010 is a pretty cool one. There are a number of nice vistas and several areas with interesting rocks. This segment has a moderate amount of climbing.
The trail profile I did from my October 3, 2015 hike is here.
In this post, I have some additional photos I took that day on the trail and at the nearby Potato Hill Vista (accessible via the .1-mile spur from the OT).