Altus, Oklahoma is very fortunate to be surrounded by multiple unique hiking destinations, all within an hour's drive.
One of the closest and most popular hiking destinations is in the Quartz Mountain area, located 20 miles north of Altus. There are several great hiking trails in this area, but this post will focus on one specific trail: Baldy Point.
From Altus, drive north through the town of Blair. After Blair the road will start to curve and you will see a small sign that says "Quartz Mountain". Here you will take the exit that turns back towards the east and takes you 5-6 miles until you see a large wooden sign that says "Quartz Mountain."
As you approach the area you will drive past the waterslides and the golf course. When you get to a fork in the road, turn back west on E 1470. Continue on and take the second turn back north, which will lead you to the Baldy Point Trail Head. This is where your hike will begin.
I love this trail because it provides a spectacular view of the lake from the top. There are both easy and moderate trails for getting up the mountain, which makes it a great hike for all types.
Tyler and I did this hike in late January, so much of the flora was not in bloom. Still, the views throughout the hike are amazing.
Our friend John came too and brought his super-cute dog. Pro-tip: dogs always make hikes more entertaining.
For a local hike with a great view of the lake, Baldy Point is easy to get to and worth a short trek for hikers of all stages.
Total cost of this trip: $0