Tag - Counties: LeFlore + Latimer (OK)

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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Ouachita Trail 01: Pics of Horsethief Springs to FR 6014 (19.9 – 21.7)

Ouachita Trail 01: Pics of Horsethief Springs to FR 6014 (19.9 – 21.7) photo
Ouachita Trail between Horsethief Springs and FR 6014

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.

Ouachita Trail 01: Pics of Horsethief Springs to FR 6014 (19.9 – 21.7) photo
Ouachita Trail

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Ouachita Trail 01: Pics of FR 6010 to Deadman’s Gap TH (5.8 – 8.0)

Ouachita Trail 01: Pics of FR 6010 to Deadman's Gap TH (5.8 – 8.0) photo
I thought that rock jutting out was cool. It was foggy as I approached FR 6010.

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.

Ouachita Trail 01: Pics of FR 6010 to Deadman's Gap TH (5.8 – 8.0) photo
North-facing view from Deadman Vista, just up the road from the Deadman’s Gap trailhead

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Ouachita Trail 02: Winding Stair TH to Highpoint to Saddle (23.7 to 26.3)

Ouachita Trail 02: Winding Stair TH to Highpoint to Saddle (23.7 to 26.3) photo
South-facing view from vista about .2 miles past the Winding Stair Mountain highpoint (panoramic).

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.

Ouachita Trail 02: Winding Stair TH to Highpoint to Saddle (23.7 to 26.3) photo
Winding Stair Trailhead sign on Highway 1 (Talimena Scenic Drive)

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