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Inspiration Point Hike

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Get inspired on this classic Roman Nose State Park and Watonga Lake Hike.


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2.8

Miles

4.5

KM

Lollipop

1,479' 451 m

High

1,376' 419 m

Low

154' 47 m

Up

155' 47 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This trail starts from a parking area near some RV camping spots along the shore of Watonga Lake. This hike begins on Lake Loop Trail as a fairly unused off-road vehicle trail for park use. The trail is washed out in some places with deep ruts. Trail then narrows to a singletrack that follows the lake shore around the hills nearby.

Need to Know

The park is also host to a resort and golf course with a restaurant on site.

Description

This hike starts from a parking area near some RV camping spots along the shore of Watonga Lake. The Lake Loop Trail begins as a fairly unused off-road vehicle trail for park use. The trail is washed-out in some places with deep ruts. Once past the lake, at the intersection with the Mesa Loop Trail, quickly head up a steep incline directly to the top of Inspiration Point.

The climb consists of two short but challenging climbs with plenty of foot and hand holds. At the first climb, you can take the Mesa Loop Trail in either direction to reach the top of Inspiration Point, if climbing is not desired.

After enjoying the view from the point head back down on the Mesa Loop Trail. There are several shady areas on the way down. After about a mile and a quarter, drop down to the Lakeshore Loop that follows the shore of Watonga Lake. Watch for snakes and other wildlife, native to this habitat. Once back at the corner of the lake, follow the Lake Loop Trail back around Watonga Lake to the parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Snakes are known to be active in the area. There is a grove of cedar trees which snakes love as well as many rocky areas.

Contacts

Land Manager: Roman Nose State Park

Shared By:

Dustin Brown

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Inspiration  Point
May 26, 2015 near Watonga, OK
Awesome views from the top of Inspiration Point!
Apr 8, 2015 near Watonga, OK
Steep climb or descent on this bypass.
Apr 8, 2015 near Watonga, OK

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