Tag - Counties: LeFlore + Latimer (OK)

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

Ouachita Trail 02: Pics of Pashubbe TH to Kiamichi River TH (Wilton Mtn.) (34.3 - 39.2) photo
Facing southeast, near the summit on Wilton Mountain. Kiamichi Mountains in the distance.

Back in early December, I hiked the 4.8 mile Ouachita Trail Section 2 segment that climbs over Wilton Mountain (LeFlore County, Oklahoma), an offshoot of Rich Mountain.

It goes from the Pashubbe Trailhead (mile point 34.3) to the Kiamichi River Trailhead (mile point 39.2). I did it as a 9.6-mile out-and-back hike.

Ouachita Trail 02: Pics of Pashubbe TH to Kiamichi River TH (Wilton Mtn.) (34.3 - 39.2) photo
There are some trees growing in parts of the road trace part of the trail on the east side of Wilton Mountain.

It’s a vigorous out-and-back hike with 2,100 feet of total ascent. There are some very nice views on Wilton Mountain, especially during leaf-off.

My trail profile for this segment is at this link. These are some additional photos from my December 5, 2015 hike.
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Robbers Cave Nature Trail — .5 mi

Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
View from higher elevation of the Robbers Cave Nature Trail (panoramic).

Robbers Cave Nature Trail is a pretty cool .4-mile loop trail at Robbers Cave State Park (Latimer County, Oklahoma, near Wilburton) in the Sans Bois Mountains of southeast Oklahoma. It’s a must-see if you’re in the area.

The trail goes around and over some really cool rock formations, including the namesake Robbers Cave.

Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
Robbers Cave, adjacent to the nature trail

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