Sugar Creek Loop

Total Miles
95.3

Elevation

519.24 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

Sugar Creek Loop is a great scenic drive with a handful of technical obstacles. It is short enough to be a day trip escape from the city but still gives the sense that you are out exploring. Most of the loop is dirt and gravel roads with some sandy sections and a handful of paved sections to help link the loop together. The route contains a little bit of everything, from hill climbs, water crossings, and even some sandy sections. This is a great route for new overlanders or offroaders to try out their vehicles and gain confidence in their driving abilities. It also has enough elevation changes, beautiful scenery, and fun to keep even experienced drivers engaged.

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Sugar Creek Loop
Sugar Creek Loop
Sugar Creek Loop

Difficulty

Most of the route could be done by almost any stock SUV or Truck. There are two exceptions that might require four wheel drive and additional clearance. One is Purgatory Road which has a fairly steep climb with a small ledge in the middle of it, and then there is a somewhat sandy steep drop off after that. Note: The difficulty of this route is dependent on the amount of recent rain. The roads are mainly Oklahoma red clay that get extremely slick when wet.

History

This route was originally mapped out by Gared Findley as part of the Oklahoma Backroad Discovery Route.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Preston Watson
May 25, 2024
2022 CF-Moto ZFORCE 950
Open
Normal
Rough/Deteriorated
Vance Fielder
May 18, 2024
Obstructed
Washout
Started in Hinton and went counter clockwise. Only difficulty was going up Purgatory due to the ledge and it was fine in 4x4. The washout further north of there is passable in any decent high clearance vehicle. All water crossings are either very shallow or dry.
Corey Darrough
May 11, 2024
2024 Subaru Crosstrek
Obstructed
Washout
The trail was easy to follow. We started in Hinton and went clockwise along the path. One portion of the trail was impassable to my Subaru, but a Dirt Bike was able to get up the incline. Purgatory Road had a portion that was somewhat washed out, two good sized holes that caused some distress. Going down was "okay", going up would have been near impossible. Small ATV's were able to get through fine.
Chance Leake
Mar 31, 2024
Open
Normal
70% of the loop was freshly grated. Dry. There is a ledge formed early on that has never been there before. Stock tacoma makes it just fine but it is getting a lot worse. Was grated up to that point. Purgatory no longer has the drop-off on the right about 3/4 of the way through.

Access Description

Both ends of the loop are easily accessible off of I-40 about an hour west of Oklahoma City.

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