Summit Elk Mountain
Oklahoma › Elk Mountain Trail
Added by Jamie Fleck
Hike to panoramic views of the Wichita Mountains and Charon Garden Wilderness at the summit, where there are many boulder scrambling opportunities. Lots of wildlife present, as well, such as the colorful Boomer Lizard.
Elk Mountain is one of the tallest granite peaks in the beautiful Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Its summit is at 2,270 feet, and the Elk Mountain Trail allows hikers to be able to view the Charon Garden Wilderness and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge from the top. This hike is perfect practice for more difficult hikes in the future, with its continuous gradual climb.
The Elk Mountain Trailhead starts at the Sunset Picnic area off of Highway 49. The trail begins crossing over the Sunset Pool and then eventually crosses through a rock formed staircase. The trail then winds in a southeasterly direction all the way up to the summit. There are many outlooks along the trail where you can stop to have a panoramic view. There are also a lot of friendly, colorful Boomer Lizards that like to make an appearance along the hike.
Towards the summit, the trail will split east and west. To reach the summit, you will need to take the trail to the west that involves Class 3 boulder climbing before reaching the granite slab that is known as the Elk Mountain Summit. For those wishing for an easier route, the eastern route is the way to go with its additional scenic views.
From the top of Elk Mountain you can return either by hiking back down to the trail head or by taking the route that leads through the Valley of the Boulders.
- Plenty of water (bring at minimum 32 oz. of water)
- Layers of clothing
- Hiking shoes or hiking sandals
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
Hiking, Photography, Rock Climbing
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
More Adventures Nearby
Hike the California Road Nature Trail Loop
Oklahoma / California Road Nature Trail
Red Rock Canyon is approximately one hour west of Oklahoma City, the entrance is on the south side of the town of Hinton.
Camp at Great Salt Plains Lake
Oklahoma / Sandy Beach Campground
Located in Great Salt Plains State Park in western Oklahoma, Great Salt Plains Lake provides ample camping opportunities while also being a very scenic location with kayaking, fishing, and bird watch.