Hiker, camper, and amateur photographer living in Fort Worth.

Excellent day trip from Fort Worth

Lake Mineral Wells is an excellent day trip from Fort Worth. The drive is about an hour (depending where in FW you are coming from). I went in Spring 2017 when the bluebonnets were in full bloom. I have not explored the adjacent trailway yet, but I did the waterfront trail described in this adventure. The waterfront trail is a good trail that as the name implies, is pretty much entirely along the shore of Lake Mineral Wells. The trail ends at Penitentiary Hollow which is a big rock formation. You can apparently climb this, but I mostly explored the different passages and cracks in the formation. There's also an observation area at the top with a great view of the lake. Highly recommend this place if you're looking for a quick day trip from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Hard, but rewarding hike

This was probably the most difficult, but one of the most rewarding hikes I have done to date. Let me start by saying that I was visiting Wyoming from Fort Worth, so it goes without saying that I was not 100% acclimated to the altitude. We started from the Lake Marie trailhead, which is the longest of the standard routes to the summit of Medicine Bow Peak. The entire hike is very beautiful. You are pretty much always near scenic vistas, with an absolutely stunning landscape all around you. You don't even have to go all the way to the summit to enjoy this hike, but making it to the summit will certainly give you a great sense of accomplishment. I made it to the top and back around (we went up the south side, and came down the north side) in about 8 hours, though this included sitting at the summit for a while. Be warned that it's quite windy at the summit, so even on a summer day, you'll want a jacket. I was able to make it to the summit and complete the 8 mile hike despite being at only 700 feet above sea level 48 hours earlier, and being in decent shape at best. If you're in decent shape, you can handle this hike (though it will be challenging!).

Beautiful, and not too hard

I did this hike in summer 2017 during a week-long trip to Wyoming. It was a fantastic hike. I was visiting the area from North Texas, so I didn't want to do anything terribly strenuous (I normally live at about 700 feet above sea level). This hike was perfect for what I wanted to do. It goes through dense pine forest, meadows of wildflowers, and has several scenic viewpoints, with Photographer's Point being the big payoff. The hike is not particularly strenuous, but is about a 10-mile round trip. Endurance will be a bigger issue than elevation, even though you are above 10,000 feet. We saw enough other hikers to feel not completely alone, but not many. Be sure to carry bear spray as you are in bear country (everyone we saw had bear spray). Also, the drive up to the trailhead is beautiful. We camped at Fremont Lake Campground the night before the hike, which is a good campground with plenty of sites.

Great Day Hike

One of my favorite day hikes in Oklahoma. I have done three different segments of the hiking trails in three different visits. Early spring is probably the best time to visit. Make sure to do the hike up to Inspiration Point, the view is well worth it. Only real complaint is that the trails are not super well marked and the trail map available at the visitor's center is not the best. Overall, a fantastic hike though.

One of the best views in Oklahoma

Easy drive to the top of Mount Scott with ample parking. Here you'll fine one of the best views in Oklahoma where you can look out and see the Wichita Mountains, Lake Lawtonka, and numerous wind farms, as well as the city of Lawton. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.