Backpacker Magazine Tulsa: Billy Creek Trail 

Wandering fom remote hollows to picturesque ridges on Winding Stair Mountain, this 13-mile loop in the less-traveled Ouachita country is a must-hike.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 14 Feb 2007 3:04:18 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: Oklahoma (OK)
Distance: 10.37 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1651 ft
Total Loss: 1606 ft
Net Change: 45 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Billy Creek Recreation Area, loop, Muse, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Winding Stair Mountain
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

TO TRAILHEAD: Take Muskogee Turnpike SE to I-40 to Sallisaw. Turn R onto US 59; in 60 mi., turn R onto US 259 S. In 9 mi., turn R onto OK 63. Go 6 mi. and turn R @ Billy Creek Rec. Area sign. Go .25 mi. and turn L onto Billy Creek Rd. Veer R onto FR 6020B, and drive to the T junction just past Billy Creek Campground. Park in lot NE of T-intersection.

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Billy Creek Loop

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Location: 34.690845, -94.731293
Head N on FR 6020B through oak/pine forest; cross creek on low bridge


Location: 34.696712, -94.727310
Turn R on gravel road and take quick L into woods on Billy Creek Trail


Location: 34.705036, -94.725258
Cross FR 6020B, 1st of 4 crossings before next WPT. After 4th crossing, path heads over knob and follows a tributary of Billy Creek


Location: 34.719906, -94.722900
Go L @ Y to begin 700-ft. climb along rocky path; nearby creek is seasonally dry


Location: 34.736580, -94.723640
Crest Winding Stair. Cross Talimena Drive; follow trail to Horsethief Springs


Location: 34.738186, -94.725319
From Horsethief Springs (generally reliable water), head E on blue-blazed Ouachita Trail where intermittent views over the Holson Valley poke through hardwood canopy


Location: 34.726532, -94.703613
Cross FR 6014 and continue through oak forest


Location: 34.721176, -94.695038
Turn onto Billy Creek Trail @ sign (easy to miss) and cross Talimena Dr.; trail descends gradually along ridge, then gets steep on a 200-ft. drop


Location: 34.716724, -94.706619
Turn L @ Y and descend into narrow confi nes of another sometimes-fl owing branch of Billy Creek


Location: 34.705734, -94.707321
Follow FR K-27 along stream back to WPT 2; return to parking lot


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