The Oklahoma Gloss Mountain Stretch + ADD NEW ROUTE
21 in Oklahoma Oklahoma25 Miles
By Mr. Kelly Worth
on February 1, 2005
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The route is real easy to find. Simply get your way to the small town starting point of Orienta, OK which is about 40 miles west of Enid. From Orienta, simply take US 412 about 25 miles west to Bouse Junction, OK.
You are driving along US 412 and there is pretty much nothing to look at and then all of sudden you enter about a 25 miles stretch of desert looking plateaus. Once you get on U.S. 412 in Orienta, right in front of you will be the Gloss Mountains. The Gloss Mountains got that name because of selenite content and sparkle of gypsum that makes them appear as if they are covered with a layer of glass. The view is nice there from the road. As you top the first big hill be ready for the park/picnic area on your right. When you stop at the park/picnic area, be sure and climb to the top of the plateau at the parking area there. There is a makeshift stairway and the view from up there is simply GREAT! The plateau is about a mile long. My son and I walked all the way the other end. We loved it!!! Also at the park is an information kiosk that covers the history and features of this highly unique patch of Oklahoma territory. During this ride, you almost feel like you are in the bottom of an ancient lake or ocean ... be sure and take a camera.
Motorcycle Road Quality:2
This is on US 412 going east-west through northern Oklahoma. The road is in superb condition however it's pretty flat and straight
This is on US 412 going east-west through northern Oklahoma. The road is in superb condition however it's pretty flat and straight.
Roadside amenities are very limited. Lucky to find a gas station with a clean bathroom. But there is a pull off on US 412 that allows you the opportunity to climb by stairway to the top of one of the plateaus. There are picnic tables with shade and I think a grill. The pull off is just about 1 - 2 miles west of Orienta, OK.
- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . Note from the route submitter: If you are a member of Yahoo groups visit the VTX1300 group. I have some pics of the Gloss Mountains posted there with my bike pics. My wife and I were actually coming back from Texas when we accidentally found the Gloss Mountains. They are only 2 hours from our home in Kansas, but I never knew they were there. So, you never know what is around if you aint out riding your bike.
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