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nick safley

Locale: here/ /there
Backpacking Oklahoma on 05/23/2010 10:44:47 MDT Print View

Hi all.

I'm trying to put together a comprehensive list of backpacking trips in and around Oklahoma.

Please help with ANY info. I'm desperate for new spots.


Phil Barton
(flyfast) - MLife

Locale: Oklahoma
Re: Backpacking Oklahoma on 05/23/2010 20:51:24 MDT Print View

Hi Nick. Where are you located? The easiest access from Tulsa is the Greenleaf Hiking Trail. Other ideas include Ouachita Trail and the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge.

For Scouts there are a couple of other places especially the Lake-to-Lake Trail and the Osage Trail between Osage Hills SP and Camp McClintock.

Then there is Arkansas. There are many great hikes in AR. My favorites are the Ozark Highlands Trail and the Buffalo River Trail. Tim Ernst's books provide many other options.

P.S. Nick, I got your name today from JoAnne Cobb in Montana. Can you please send me a PM?

Dave Myers
(PatientWolf) - F

Locale: South Western Oklahoma
Re: Backpacking Oklahoma on 05/24/2010 18:35:23 MDT Print View

Hey Nick,

Since I a live in Oklahoma I would be very interested in your results when you get this put together! Here are some of the trails I have been able to find info on:

McGee Creek National Scenic Recreation Area -

Witchita Mountain Wildlife Reserve (Which Phil already mentioned) -

The Ouachita Trail(Also mentioned by Phil) -

Tulsa, OK: Boardstand - Old Military Road Loop -

Hope these help.

Justin McMinn
(akajut) - F

Locale: Central Oklahoma
Good Oklahoma Reference on 05/25/2010 11:17:56 MDT Print View

The Butterfield Trail in Arkansas is a good one too.

Edited by akajut on 05/25/2010 11:18:45 MDT.

nick safley

Locale: here/ /there
Thanks and keep it coming! on 05/25/2010 20:19:07 MDT Print View

Thanks for the great info.

I thought I would add a few.

The David Boren Trail at Beavers Bend

Robbers Cave Trail

Is there any backpacking allowed in the Quartz Mountains?

One days drive away,

The Pecos Wilderness

Gila Wilderness

Any in Kansas or Texas?


Dave Myers
(PatientWolf) - F

Locale: South Western Oklahoma
Re: Thanks and keep it coming! on 05/25/2010 20:26:06 MDT Print View

There are numerous day hiking trails in the Quarts Mtns but the only camping is in the public campgrounds around the lake unfortunately.

Jack Newton
(figster) - F

Locale: Central Arkansas
Arkansas on 05/26/2010 22:42:26 MDT Print View

Arkansas has a number of great hikes. I'd stay out of the woods here between mid May and late September unless you're just into dozens of tick bites.

Outside of the Butterfield, Ouachita Trail, and Ozark Highland Trail there is the Weddington Trail, Caney Creek/Buckeye Trail, and Eagle Rock loop in the western part of Arkansas.

Hobbs State Park is rocking if you bring your guns!

Enjoy our woods and get to know a hill billy. You wont regret it.

I'm also a big fan of Palo Duro just south of Amarillo, TX.