Tag - Counties: LeFlore + Latimer (OK)

Ouachita Trail 01 Pics: FR 6014 to Winding Stair TH (21.7 to 23.7)

Ouachita Trail 01 Pics: FR 6014 to Winding Stair TH (21.7 to 23.7) photo
Fall foliage on the Ouachita Trail between FR 6014 and the Winding Stair Trailhead.

The 1.8-mile stretch of Section 1 of the Ouachita Trail from Forest Road 6014 (west end) to the Winding Stair Trailhead is an enjoyable walk. Along with the rest of Section 1, it is on Winding Stair Mountain (Ouachita National Forest, LeFlore County, Oklahoma) one of my favorite places to hike.

This stretch covers the last part of Section 1. The easiest way to reach it as a standalone hike is to start at the Winding Stair Trailhead. (Google Maps directions.) From there you would head west for a little under 2 miles. (Across the highway is the start of Section 2.)

The elevation change on this stretch is about 300 feet, so be prepared for a bit of climbing. It is all on the north side of the mountain. The trail in this part is usually in good condition and not difficult to follow.

Ouachita Trail 01 Pics: FR 6014 to Winding Stair TH (21.7 to 23.7) photo
The rocky area in the vicinity of Mile Marker 22 is the coolest part of this stretch of the trail.

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Robbers Cave: Rough Canyon Trail Pics

Robbers Cave: Rough Canyon Trail Pics photo
Rough Canyon Trail at the south end of the loop, next to Fouche Maline

The Rough Canyon Trail is a cool 2.9-mile loop at Robbers Cave State Park. It has lots of interesting rocks and rock formations, varied terrain, and in wetter times, beautiful views of the Rough Canyon stream.

The trailhead is adjacent to the Robbers Cave Nature Trail, the small trail that goes by the actual Robbers Cave rock formations.

See this post for the full profile of the Rough Canyon Trail with pics from my April 2, 2016 hike.

These are some additional photos from that hike.

Robbers Cave: Rough Canyon Trail Pics photo
Rough Canyon Trail. Rocky stretch on the east side between Lost Lake and the service road crossing.

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Robbers Cave: Rough Canyon Trail – 3 mi

Robbers Cave: Rough Canyon Trail - 3 mi photo
Lost Lake where the Rough Canyon Trail runs next to it, Robbers Cave State Park (panoramic shot).

The Rough Canyon Trail is one of the most popular trails at Robbers Cave State Park (near Wilburton, Latimer County, Oklahoma). It’s a scenic 2.9-mile loop that starts about 100 feet from the Robbers Cave Nature Trail (the cave area).

Among the trail’s highlights are the Rough Canyon (a creek valley) and Lost Lake areas.

This is moderately challenging trail with about 500 feet of cumulative elevation gain. The elevation change is only about 250 feet though.

Quite a bit of the trail is rocky. While lots of rocks can make walking a bit tougher, they also add beauty and character.

Robbers Cave: Rough Canyon Trail - 3 mi photo
The Rough Canyon stream near the Rough Canyon Trail

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Ouachita Trail 02: Pics of Winding Stair TH to Highpoint to Saddle (23.7 to 25.8)

Ouachita Trail 02: Pics of Winding Stair TH to Highpoint to Saddle (23.7 to 25.8) photo
Sunset view from near the Winding Stair highpoint, Ouachita National Forest (OK)

The 2.5-mile segment of the Ouachita Trail from Winding Stair Trailhead to the saddle around mile point 25.8 is a cool one. It’s on Winding Stair Mountain (Ouachita National Forest, LeFlore County, Oklahoma) and goes to the highpoint (at 2,450 feet) before heading downhill to the saddle.

Most of the climb to the highpoint is on a road trace, but it was a really cool walk on December 30 with the snow-covered trees.

The trek down to the saddle was also pretty cool. It’s a long series of switchbacks with really interesting topography and some pretty views during leaf-off.

Ouachita Trail 02: Pics of Winding Stair TH to Highpoint to Saddle (23.7 to 25.8) photo
On the switchbacks between the highpoint and the saddle, Ouachita Trail, Ouachita National Forest (OK)

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