Oklahoma K Trail East 2022 (Kiamichi Trail)


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The Kiamichi Trail (or “K Trail” as it’s more often called) is a notorious offroad trail in Oklahoma running east-west across the Kiamichi Mountains. Beginning in Clayton, OK, it treks over some 89 miles, intersecting the Three Sticks Monument north of Hochatown midway before rolling into western Arkansas. The legality of the western portion of the trail, from Clayton to the Three Sticks Monument, is highly debated and most agree it is now private property.

On a recent weekend in May 2022, we decided to attempt to complete the eastern portion of the K Trail. James made a repeat appearance in his Xterra while I decided to drive the trail in my 2016 Lexus GX460. Having spent an absolutely miserable (due to heat and humidity) night camping in the Ouachita National Forest the night before, we were looking forward to the promised cooler temps but were nervous to see forecasts for heavy rain, even severe thunderstorms, and thus expedited our attempt to early Saturday morning. From the Three Sticks Monument we replicated a photo from our first trip before heading east down the K Trail. read more…