Monday, April 18, 2016

Gloss Mountain State Park

My first impression of Gloss Mountain State Park was a little bit of disappoint driving up, seeing the "mountains" on the horizon. I walked away with an entirely different perspective though.

Gloss Mountain State Park, also sometimes called Glass Mountains, is located in northwestern Oklahoma. The mountains were named because of the gloss or glass look that appears in the sunlight from the selenite gypsum layers. Early explorers described them as looking like glass or "glaws" as the early British explorer put it.
Fee: free

View from the base

Gypsum which gives the mountains the glass look in the sunlight

What to Do
The main feature of the park is the hiking trail up to the top of one of the mountains. The trail is not very long but plan time to enjoy the views from the top. This park is definitely not one to spend the entire day at but 1 to 2 hours will give sufficient time to take in the sights. I would highly recommend not passing it up just because it only offers a hiking trail though. It would be the perfect location to have lunch and a short hike before going to the next destination.
**The stairs/trail to the top are very steep but do have hand railings to offer support.

Enjoyed our hike at Gloss Mountains

It was so windy at the top

My favorite part was coming back around and going to the southern tip of the of mountain. There was an extremely strong south wind the day we went. I spent about 5 to 10 minutes just taking in the sheer force of the wind and watching as the buzzards soared overhead. I had an overwhelming moment of joy as I stood there taking in this beautiful land and was so thankful for the people before me who thought it a good idea to preserve land like this. I hope my generation can continue to find value in places like this and do all that we can to save them.

View from the southern tip

(2 out of 34 Oklahoma State Parks) How many have you been to? Comment below!

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