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.
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.
This 2.2-mile segment of Section 1 of the Ouachita Trail (Ouachita Forest, LeFlore County, Oklahoma) runs from Forest Road 6010 (about mile point 5.8) 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 pretty cool stretch to hike with some nice scenic spots and some pretty south-facing views.
There is a 650-foot elevation drop on this segment from the west to the east. So if you’re just doing this as a thru-hike from west to east, it shouldn’t be difficult.
If you hike it as an out-and-back like I did, you’ll have some significant climbing.
This is a 3.4-mile segment of the Ouachita Trail from the Horsethief Springs junction to the Winding Stair Trailhead. It’s a scenic walk along the north side of Winding Stair Mountain that, for the most part, is not very difficult.
The Tim Ernst mileage for this segment is mile point 19.9 to 23.7. By my gps calculation though, it’s closer to 3.4 miles in length rather than 3.8.
When I hiked this segment recently, I started at Horsethief Springs and headed east to the Winding Stair trailhead and then back for a 6.8-mile hike.