Tagged: LeFlore County (Oklahoma)

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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Cavanal Hill Profile Video

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Cavanal Hill, Poteau, Oklahoma

Cavanal Hill is in Poteau, in Southeast Oklahoma. It is promoted as the “tallest hill in the world.”

The U.S. Geological Survey refers to it as “Cavanal Mountain” and notes that its elevation is 2,385 feet.

If you ever visit Poteau, you can’t miss Cavanal Hill. It is by far the most prominent natural feature of the surrounding area. In fact, it is easily viewable from many parts of Fort Smith, about 25 miles away.

Although I have been in and through Poteau many times, I have never been up on Cavanal Hill. My understanding is there are not any trails going up the mountain. Please send me a line if I am incorrect on that.

This is a short video from Discovery Oklahoma with some more information about Cavanal Hill.

Alternate video link.

[Updated: 2012-04-23]

Ouachita Trail: 01-B – Potato Hill Vista Spur – FR 6010

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This stretch of the Ouachita Trail (which I call “01-B”) is about 3.5 miles long (7.0 miles out and back). It is close to the beginning of the Ouachita Trail. It is on Winding Stair Mountain in LeFlore County, Oklahoma.

I hiked it back on October 10, 2009. For some reason, I cannot find any photos I took at that time.

But I wanted to go ahead and do a post with the gpx map and elevation profile.

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Foliage on segment 01-C of the Ouachita Trail.
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Approximate Elevation Profile Based on GPS Data (Going East to West)

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Ouachita Trail: 01-E2FGH – Horsethief Springs – Holson Valley Vista – Cedar Branch

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Cedar Branch - Ouachita Trail

You may remember from this post that last May I tried hiking on the Ouachita Trail from Deadman’s Gap east to Cedar Branch on Winding Stair Mountain in LeFlore County, Oklahoma. The segment I was trying to do is about 5.5 miles, but I wasn’t able to make it much past mile marker 13.

I think my being on antibiotics played a role in my not making it to Cedar Branch that day. I got very overheated and queasy. It seemed like heat exhaustion.

I climbed my way through the brush up to Highway 1 (Talimena Highway), and my girlfriend thankfully came and took me to my car. (I refer to the parts I completed as “01D” and “01E1.”)

This past Saturday, my goal was to finish Section 1. The only part I had not yet hiked was the part from Horsethief Springs west to MM 13 (a little past Cedar Branch). (I refer to this as “01E2,” “01F,” “01G”, and “01H.”)

It was an exhausting day, but I made it.

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