So, our clan began our Turkey Mountain journey around 11am at the head of the ‘Yellow’ trail. The weather was great for January and the parking area was packed. We found the perfect spot for a quick break about 1 mile in…
(Above) We stopped for some pictures at an outcropping which overlooks the Arkansas River. As you will see below, there are many large boulders and rock walls to explore along this trail.
After following the ‘Yellow’ trail to its loop back towards civilization, we decided to jump over to the ‘Pink’ trail which meanders into the western portion of Turkey Mountain and passes next to a small lake called ‘Pepsi Lake’. There are several old rusty Pepsi truck trailers from many years ago.
At this point we were about 2.5 miles along so we stopped at a waterfall area for lunch. The water wasn’t flowing but the outcropping made for a good sitting area.
Afterwards, we continued on the trail to find some old structure that we couldn’t identify. At this point we had criss-crossed our way approximately 5 miles.
Now, tired from 3 hours of hiking and carrying our littlest one we decided to head back, though still over 2 miles from our starting point. We bit off a little more than we could chew and we were dragging ourselves along the rest of the way.
We never saw the Mountain Lion which has been reported to inhabit the area, but we had a great time exploring as a family. We recommend this urban wilderness to anyone. There is many miles of marked trails, and many more unmarked. There’s evidence of old oil and natural gas wells to be found and even some relics of perhaps old habitation of the area. There’s also a few petroglyphs of unknown origin and carvings on many rocks by locals which often have dates scored into the sandstone from the turn of last century. In addition, anthropologists have found Native American relics in many areas on the mountain.