Tag - Counties: LeFlore + Latimer (OK)

Cedar Lake Trail Pics Fall 2014 (Ouachita Forest)

Cedar Lake Trail, Ouachita National Forest
Cedar Lake Trail on the north side of the lake, Ouachita National Forest (panoramic)

The Cedar Lake Trail in the Ouachita National Forest (LeFlore County, Oklahoma) is  an enjoyable and scenic 2.8-mile trail making a loop around the lake.

There is a bit of climbing here and there, but it is pretty easy overall.

Cedar Lake Trail, Ouachita National Forest
Fall foliage on Cedar Lake

My full summary of the trail with pics from my November 8, 2014 hike is here.

There was some great fall foliage that afternoon. These are some more of the pics I took. Continue reading Cedar Lake Trail Pics Fall 2014 (Ouachita Forest)

Cedar Lake Trail (Ouachita Forest) – 3 mi

Cedar Lake Trail, Ouachita National Forest
Cedar Lake Trail, along the north side, Ouachita National Forest

The Cedar Lake Trail at the Cedar Lake Recreation Area in the Ouachita National Forest (LeFlore County, Oklahoma) is a pretty easy 2.8-mile loop with lots of great views of the lake.

Aside from a few small hilly areas, the trail is generally level. The net elevation change is only about 80 feet.

Cedar Lake Trail, Ouachita National Forest
View of Cedar Lake from the north side of the Cedar Lake Trail. Winding Stair Mountain in the distance.
Getting to Cedar Lake Recreation Area

To get there from Poteau, just take Highway 59 south toward Heavener. About 10 miles past Heavener, turn right onto Holson Valley Road. Watch for the Cedar Lake Recreation Area sign. Then just follow the signs to the campground.

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Robbers Cave: Rough Canyon Trail Photos 2014

Rough Canyon Trail, Robbers Cave State Park
Lost Lake on the Rough Canyon Trail, Robbers Cave State Park

Back on July 13, I hiked the Rough Canyon Trail at Robbers Cave State Park. It was probably my 4th or 5th time to walk the trail.

This 2.9-mile loop trail in the San Bois Mountains is a nice hike. (The trail map and elevation profile is in this post.) It is nearly all wooded, has lots of interesting rocks on and around the trail, and some moderate hill-climbing.

Panoramic view of the stream (during dry times) in Rough Canyon
Panoramic view of the stream (during dry times) in Rough Canyon

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Lake Wister Hiking Trail Photos 2014

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East-facing view of the view of the lake from the eastern part of the trail. The dam is in the distance.

A few weeks ago, I got to walk the Lake Wister Hiking Trail at Lake Wister State Park, near Poteau, Oklahoma. The 3-mile trail runs on the north side of the lake, parallel to (and south of) County Road 138. It goes from a paved walking path at the Wards Landing area to the east end near the swimming pool and miniature golf course.

The most scenic part of the trail is the mile or so on the east end that runs nearest to the shoreline. The best time to walk the trail is during leaf-off when the lake is much more visible in this part of the trail.

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This is where the trail heads east from the Area 2 picnic area.

From the air, Lake Wister is about 15 miles north of Winding Stair Mountain (Ouachita National Forest). The mountain can be seen to the south from much of the lake.

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