About Danielle Huddleston Photography:

I am a wife, homeschool mom, a hiker, and a photographer living in Oklahoma. I love beautiful light and being in the woods. I share what I love on this blog, be they trails, pictures, or homschooling curriculum. Thanks for stopping by!



  • Keystone Mountain Bike & Hiking Trail ~Keystone Lake, OK

     I asked my husband if we could hike the Keystone trail so I could get new pictures to do an updated blog post.

    We visit this trail a couple times a year but recently we have been running it so I do not bring my camera.

    It was nice to go through it at a little slower pace last Saturday.

    entrance

    The parking lot is located across from the Keystone State Park.

    I realized when we pulled up that it can be a little hard to find unless you already know what you are looking for so I took a picture of the entrance.

    start

    Once you pull into the parking lot there are two main entrances to the trail system.

    We usually do a loop so it does not really matter which way we go.

    There is a map at the travelok.com site to help you out though.

    trailhead

    This was one of the earlier hikes my husband and I did when we first got married, almost 10yrs ago!

    We had gotten turned around a bit and went longer than intended(at least that is what I was told).

    I remember thinking I was going to die…

    My face was all red(I do not glisten, I sweat, and turn into a tomato) and I was breathing really hard.

    My husband barely broke a sweat.

    He almost got a rock thrown at him when at the very end he said “Hey! I am starting to sweat!”.

    We were at slightly different fitness levels.

    marker

    I fared better during this hike, it is nice to know I am in better shape than I once was.

    There is an easy loop for beginners(green).

    It is a stacked loop system with 8miles of trail total with the longest uninterrupted loop(with portions of each loop) being around 5 miles.

    nicktrail

    turtle

    We saw two turtles nesting while out!

    I had never seen this before!

    turtletrail

    rocky

    Portions of the trail are really rocky so I try to make sure I have sturdy boots when hiking there.

    backpack

    rocks

    trail4

    rock

    trailsigns

    I think the difficulty rating is geared more towards bikers but I am not one hundred percent sure on that.

    The Expert portion does not seem as difficult as others we have done with a similar rating.

    tatur

    ferns

    You can avoid brushing up against foliage for most of the trail so we were able to walk away with few if any ticks.

    plants

    break

    curls

    myboys

    kentucky

    expert

    creek

    trail5

    paintbrush

    climb

    trail3

    waterdrops

    We heard a storm coming but thankfully it was not too bad.

    I welcome rain while hiking(I was hot!) but I had not brought a bag for my camera and I do not like to hike in a thunderstorm.

    trail2

    rain

    His hair goes curly in the rain.

    family

    We ended up with over 5 miles!

    Nick had been in China for a week so I was pretty happy to be able to get out and hike a longer hike!

    I try to stay away from long hikes when I am alone with the boys.

    It felt really good to push myself!

    If you live in the area you should check out this trail!

    It is a great hike!

    If you want to find more local hikes I have made it easy for you.

    Check out my Oklahoma board on Pinterest, I included the map feature so you can easily find hikes and events I have done or want to do in the area.

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