Hike Burnt Cabin Cliff Trail at Lake Tenkiller Oklahoma (Dramatic Cliffs)

We’re sharing all the details, so you know what to expect hiking the Burnt Cabin Cliff trail at Lake Tenkiller!

We live to find spectacular day-hikes close to home in northeast Oklahoma. We especially enjoy finding trails close to the water and tucked away in rocks. That is precisely what we found while hiking the Burnt Cabin Cliff trail at Lake Tenkiller!

The emerald, blue water against dramatic cliffs is quite the surprise and makes for the perfect morning or afternoon hike. If you’re looking for a fantastic day hike with remarkable rocks and a lake as the backdrop, then this is your trail.

Cliffs at Lake Tenkiller

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Hiking Burnt Cabin Cliff Trail at Lake Tenkiller Oklahoma

Located near Burnt Cabin Marina, the Burnt Cabin Cliff trail wanders through the oak trees along an old dirt road that jets out onto a peninsula next to Lake Tenkiller. Towards the end of the peninsula is where the beautiful rocky cliffs begin.

The trailhead is not marked. The trailhead is located across from Burnt Cabin Marina along the east side of the boat launch. There is a little scrapyard area – head past the scrapyard, and the trail begins – follow the dirt road.

This is an easy trail to hike. There are no big hills to climb, and the trail is around 2.2 miles round trip.

Lake Tenkiller is a beautiful emerald-green color, which makes for awesome photos with the cliffs. There are plenty of rocks to sit on and enjoy the view.

Hiking the Burnt Cabin Cliff trail

Trip tip: There was some trash along the trail; bring a bag to pick up a little trash if you feel inclined. Always practice Leave No Trace.

Leave No Trace Tips While Hiking

  • Dispose of human waste and trash property
  • Leave natural things found alone
  • Respect wildlife and watch wildlife from a safe distance
  • Be considerate of other people recreating in the area
  • Pack out all trash and waste
  • Be quiet and enjoy nature
  • Be respectful of the land
  • Acknowledge Native American territories and tribal lands

Best Time to Visit Burnt Cabin Cliff Trail

Since Oklahoma has mild winters, visitors can hike this trail year-round.

The best time to hike is in the spring (April) through late fall (October) to see all the foliage. Fall is particularly a nice time to hike and take photos in Oklahoma.

Depending on the time of year hiking the trail, hikers may encounter mud – there was a little mud when we hiked in October.

The emerald green water along the trail

What to Bring Hiking Burnt Cabin Cliff Trail

Since it is a short hike, we recommend bringing the basics: good hiking shoes, a camera, water, snacks, a day pack, and comfortable hiking clothes.

Hiking Shoes. We have both been loving Oboz this summer. Pablo was gifted a pair of Oboz Sawtooth II low-top hiking shoes that he has barely taken off.  And I have been wearing the Oboz Mid-Leather for fall hikes. We can both attest to the instant comfort of the Oboz brand. They are breathable and waterproof. Both are great street to trail shoes and worth the investment. Did I mention they were ridiculously comfortable?

Reliable Camera. If you don’t have a cell phone with a good camera, we highly recommend investing in a reliable camera. We started our blog in 2020 with some of our older equipment and can honestly attest to how big of a difference having quality camera equipment is when shooting memories. We are currently using the Sony a7iii with a 28-70 mm lens. It is worth every penny.


Water Bottles. We prefer insulated water bottles. We like Hydro Flask because they aren’t as heavy as some of the other brands. And orange is my favorite color, so I’m showing you my favorite water bottleaaaand if you live in Oklahoma, you more than likely love orange or crimson red! I didn’t go to school in Oklahoma, but I love every excuse I can find when it comes to orange gear.


Day Pack. A small day pack will do the trick to hold all your camera equipment, snacks, and water. Pablo and I divide and conquer the load. I typically hike with a hip pack or daypack, and Pablo carries the camera equipment in a separate backpack.

Burnt Cabin Cliff Trail Details

  • Trail Distance: 2.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 144.4 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy

Is there a bathroom close by the trail? Yes, at Burnt Cabin Marina.

Is the trail on the AllTrails App? Yes, download the Burnt Cabin Cliff hike.

Is there cell phone reception? Cell phone reception is hit and miss driving to the area, but there is some reception.

Epic Viewpoints

Enjoying the views on the east side of the peninsula
Sitting on the rocks along the east side


We hope you enjoy this awesome day-hike to the cliffs at Lake Tenkiller! It’s a great place to explore the outdoors in Oklahoma. It makes for the perfect day trip to get away from the city and reinvigorate yourself in nature.

Have you hiked the Burnt Cabin Cliff Trail? What was your experience? Tell us all about it in the comments below.

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Ashlee Fechino

I’m an outdoor recreation writer with dreams to inspire happiness. My goal is to help people live their best life by sharing how simple and fun it is to travel locally. I hold a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability. I’m married to an expat Argentine, Pablo! We camp in our Aliner often, love road trips, and hiking.


  1. Burt Randall on November 4, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks, Ashlee & Pablo for writing this amazing article about Oklahoma.

    THANKS !!

    • Ashlee Fechino on November 5, 2021 at 8:38 pm

      Hey Uncle Burt! Thank you for reading and commenting. We love seeing your name come across our comments!

  2. Cristina Sala on November 10, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Gracias Ashlee y Pablo por permitirme verlos tan hermosos uatedes y la belleza del lugar .
    Realmente al solamente ver las fotos respiro aire puro, naturaleza incomparable.
    los abrazo con mi corazon

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