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“Western Oklahoma Gem”

Quartz Mountain Nature Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Lone Wolf
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Altus, Oklahoma
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140 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Western Oklahoma Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

This park is a gorgeous park and looks almost out of place in a relatively flat area. When the lake is full it is very picturesque. Definitely visit if you are in Western Oklahoma.

Visited December 2012
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Norman, Oklahoma
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Baldy Point trail”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

There are so many areas in this very old mountain range worth visiting, but we went to Baldy Point on this excursion. You start out in a wooded area with a view of sheer cliffs climbers like to use. If you continue on the trail you will make your way around to a more gradual climb. I've visited this area several times, but the beautiful weather made it something else on this visit (morning temps of 80 and a high of 100 not to be reached until 1:00 or so). I like to hike in the spring and fall due to the intense heat this area can draw, but this day (July 6) was fantastic and we even had some sprinkles that, thanks to the breeze, felt like a patio mister. The flora was spectacular. Wild flowers everywhere. Looks like we missed the cacti flowering but they were healthy and in abundance.
I like hiking Quartz Mountain because the rock--red granite mostly--is rounded and fun to climb around on. The views of the surrounding farmland are magnificent. This mountain is not intimidating, but can be challenging. It is good to not forget you have to climb down after you scramble up and plan accordingly.
I've never camped in the area as I have family close by, but the grounds look good. It's a great day--then when the heat sets in, head over to the water slide closer to the lodge area. The lodge is nice, but I feel it is over priced. It is run by a private developer instead of the state as the old lodge was, and it is priced over what locals can afford. We used to have our family reunions at the old lodge, but no more. This is the reason for my Very Good rating instead of Excellent.

Visited July 2013
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Plano, Texas, United States
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67 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Hiking up the mountain is unbelievable!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2013

The area is beautiful! If you have the time and energy, hike up the mountain at the New Horizon trail. The view on top is amazing!!! You can see the entire lake and nearby mountains. Went to Baldy point twice but didn't see any climbers...wish they were there.

Visited May 2013
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Yokneam Moshava
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“Baldy Point - A great and exciting surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2013

I reached Baldy Point, one of the hills/peaks of the Quartz Mountains, quite by accident, or more by a combination of instinct and luck. And wow!! For the cool, windy but sunny day, that it turned out to be - what a wonderful surprise it was. At the parking lot, that I reached after seeing and following some signs of "Climbing Area", there was only one car. I immediately was able to spot two climbers who were already far up, busy climbing carefully the steep quartz walls of this 500 feet (?? - different signs and sites give different numbers) hill. I walked the trail around Baldy Point, until I decided it was safe enough to start the climbing with only my camera, my jacket and a pair of gloves which turned out to be very helpful in grabbing the sharp and rough rocks which were many times covered with smaller and bigger cactuses. I reached the top in time to see one of the climbers arrive safely and excited, before starting the climb down again. The top and the climb offered great views in all directions. The combination of clouds and sun, and temprature was perfect. Then I continued to the second starting point at the south-eastern point of the Baldy Point hill, just next to the Wichita Mountain Ranch. This place offers more trails into the small valley (sorry, forgot its name) between all the beautiful granite, quartz mountains.
Then there was the area of the lake, which unfortunately is indeed terribly low (at least 4-5 meters below its regular (?) level). The lake and the surrounding mountains are still very beautiful, but the shores are filled with thousands of dead fish due to an alergy that hit them just several weeks ago, according to what a local lady informed me. The seagulls were very busy working on these poor fish. Sad. No visit in this area is complete without at least approaching the impressive Quartz Mountains Conference Center lodge. The low level of the lake has its impact on this place as well, which must be so much fun and a great place to stay when things are normal.
This area is definitely worth more visits. And did I mention the deer? See the photos.

Visited January 2013
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Anadarko, Oklahoma
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52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great place, summer or winter”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2012

Pros: Great wild life viewing, trail hiking and mountain climbing. Cons: Lake is the lowest I've ever seen it. Also, facilities around the park are closed in the fall/winter season, so make sure you take all you need or you'll be driving an hour round trip for supplies to Altus or Hobart.

Visited November 2012
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