Tulsa: Robber's Cave State Park

This 10-mile loop explores Jesse James's old hideout then links gurgling streams and quiet ponds in the rugged folds of the San Bois Mountains.
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This 10-mile loop explores Jesse James's old hideout then links gurgling streams and quiet ponds in the rugged folds of the San Bois Mountains.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 16.3

Waypoints

RBC001

Location: 35.005568, -95.337766

Head N up yellow-marked trail to a cave near a sandstone outcrop

RBC002

Location: 35.006245, -95.339111

Enter Robbers Cave, where Jesse James hid from the law (look for secret entrance inside). Return to lot; head SW on Rough Canyon Traill

RBC003

Location: 35.004215, -95.340103

Fourche Maline Creek; head NW up steady slope. In .4 mi., go straight over 2 gravel road crossings

RBC004

Location: 35.006866, -95.350723

Bear L @ Mountain Trail; in 800 ft., take blind R around oak and descend rockslide to forge creek safely

RBC005

Location: 35.006473, -95.352057

L @ Y; woodpecker drums resonate from the branches above

RBC006

Location: 35.007862, -95.362694

Cross stream on flat stones; head SW under short-needle evergreens

RBC007

Location: 35.006119, -95.364639

Straight @ Ash Creek Rd., and skirt the NW edge of Lake Wayne Wallace among wispy meadow grasses

RBC008

Location: 35.002476, -95.365318

Bear L @ Y; hug shore, then climb 280 ft.; pass primitive campsite

RBC009

Location: 34.995773, -95.362572

Go straight; cross creekbeds

RBC010

Location: 34.98011, -95.364807

Scenic overlook over Lake Carlton; return to WPT 5 and turn L @ Y onto Cattail Pond Trail

RBC011

Location: 35.013611, -95.349907

Stay R; cattails on L shelter waterfowl in murky pond

RBC012

Location: 35.010727, -95.345551

Turn L to Lost Lake via Rough Canyon Trail; frog chorus leads to unnamed pond in .2 mi.

RBC013

Location: 35.008301, -95.3349

Cross gravel road; follow railed concrete path .3 mi. to parking lot

Scenic Overlook

Location: 34.980446, -95.365822

Lake Carlton ©Carl Kinney

View over Lake Carlton

Location: 34.982124, -95.365891

©Carl Kinney