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Explore Elk Mountain in Oklahoma

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=7624

Camping in the Park, and do a day hike climb of Elk Mountain (about a 2 mile intermediate trail) and explore the rock formations near the summit.

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Wichita_Mountains/

Difficulty: Moderate
Trail Conditions: The trail is well maintained but rocky and steep
Trailhead Amenities: Picnic Area & Pit Toilets
Management: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Maps: USGS Odetta Quad, USGS Quanah Mountain Quad

Rules and Regulations Link


Finding the Trailhead: Take I-44 north of Lawton for 5 miles. Turn west onto Hwy 49 (Exit 45). Continue for 14 miles through Medicine Park , entrance of Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, Mt Scott, and the Visitor Center. At the intersection turn Right (North) to continue on Hwy 49. Continue for 6 miles and turn Left (South) into the Sunset Picnic Area. Directions

Trail Maps: (Elk Trail is the one we are interested in)

http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/map-trails.pdf#a

Camping Area:

Within the refuge, Doris campground is approximately 8 miles west of the Refuge entrance on the main road (highway 49). It has bathrooms, showers, drinking water, and a telephone. There is a campground host at the entrance. We'll be in Group Site B. I am paying $80 to cover both nights, so donations to defray my cost are welcomed but won't be requested of you.

Map of camping area: http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/map-camp-doris.pdf

Lodging if you prefer not to camp, but want to stay overnight: http://www.stardustinn.com/ The fees are all on you for lodging.

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  • cara g.

    great adventure and great guides thanks paul taylor for getting us to places other groups would probably never go really fun group of people. very scenic area

    February 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks David for organizing the trip. Thanks Paul for guiding us through such amazing path. We had a great time with everyone, and look forward to the next trip together!

      February 25, 2013

    • Paul

      It was great we could do it all together

      1 · February 26, 2013

  • cara g.

    Special Thanks to David for doing a great job organizing this meetup looking forward to the next trip

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a blast. I fell on a cactus!! I was fine after David and Paul helped to pull those thorns out of my side. We had some crazy fun experiences climbing through the rock rooms and "cliffhanging". Looks like the cold kept alot of people away. I am so looking forward to the next trip. Thanks, Paul, David, Matt, Cara, Stanley & Leena, had a blast! See you all next time and hopefully more!!

    February 24, 2013

    • Matt D

      Mike I happy that your encounter with the Cactus wasn't serious. I can't remember all the times I've fallen on the trail and have been mostly lucky with minor injuries. See you on the next adventure!

      1 · February 24, 2013

  • Matt D

    Very interesting place to explore and hike close to DFW.

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys.. Had to return back from half way due to some emergency.. Had almost reached Wichita falls and then returned back.

    @Paul: The pics are awesome..I think I missed the fun big time. :(
    Hope I am able to make it the next time..

    February 24, 2013

  • Paul

    It was great meeting my 6 new friends. Had a wonderfull time :-)
    Posted pictures including Cactus Mike. :-)

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I went to the campground, then climbed Elk Mountain. My friend wanted to go home. I went back to the campground to see if I could catch you. But no one was back yet. Im sorry I missed it. It was a very nice area.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I missed you guys. I went up Elk mountain on my own. Hope to catch you at a future outing.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The coordinate posted on this event is wrong.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are you guys at the visitor center or the hq building?

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We're on our way. Stopped to get a bite

    February 23, 2013

  • Nicole

    Yay...thanks! Looking forward to it!

    February 23, 2013

  • Nicole

    Yay...thanks! Looking forward to it!

    February 23, 2013

  • Nicole

    Hey you all, I stayed out waaaay past my usual bedtime and overslept and am getting a much later start than expected so I'm not going to make it. If I came, I'd get there around 11 and would be afraid that I wouldn't find you all. I hate that, but have fun.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just moved back to Texas after being in Colorado for almost 9 years. This looks like my kind of fun. I hope I dont have to work so I can go!! Anybody in the Grapevine area heading out early Saturday morning?

    February 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Mike..r u looking for car pooling? I will be leaving from Irving.

      February 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Abhijit, I will be leaving out of Grapevine early am to get there by start. I have a trunkful of camping stuff. I have to leave pretty early on sunday...I look forward to meeting you there!!

      February 22, 2013

  • E. W.

    Something came up.

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Never mind. Got it :p

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is our campsite number?

    February 22, 2013

  • Jim T.

    I am leaving from North Dallas around 6 pm if anybody would like to car pool or caravan. I have room for one.

    February 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jim, we are looking at earliest 17:30 departure from N. Dallas. Google said 3.5hrs drive, so that should give us 1 hr buffer. But you don't have to wait for us if you can leave earlier. You can give me a call or txt me, maybe we can catch up on the way:[masked]

      February 22, 2013

    • Jim T.

      Stanley, thanks for the message. I am trying to get our of here by 16:30. My number is[masked]-7416. Let's stay in touch.

      February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in Wichita Falls. I can host up to five people at my place Friday night if you can't get into the camp ground before it closes. I have five beds and a couch if anyone is interested. I will be driving up to the Wichita Mountains Saturday morning.

    February 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Rob for the offer. We will give it a try at the campground tonight, and we will see you tomorrow morning. :)

      February 22, 2013

  • Paul

    Im shooting to get there about 6pm

    February 21, 2013

  • Rachel f.

    Sorry, can't make this one afterall. Work commitments. Happy Trails!

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks David.

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can we have campfire? And is it gonna be a car camping trip?

    February 20, 2013

  • Carmen T.

    Sorry, I'm going to have to bail on you guys.

    February 18, 2013

  • Maribel A.

    I will have to work this weekend ;-(

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first trek here in US. Can someone tell me what things I need to carry with me?

    February 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thansk a lot David..I would like to join for camping. Do I need to book the camping site or anyone from the group will be doing it and I need to pay that person?

      February 17, 2013

  • Doris F P.

    Everyone might take Snake bite kits & all other camping gear! I grew up near the Wichita Mtns - lots of snakes of all kinds mostly rattlers - may be a little early for them to be out but maybe not! Camp Doris - is one I camped on as a kid! Wish I could make it too! but I cant for this one. Will be up there for Easter instead! If this one goes well - maybe another one then? My hometown is Elgin - just norteact of Lawton! Would love to join you all the next time!

    February 17, 2013

    • Matt D

      Thanks Doris for the heads-up on snakes. I remember that as an issue. Isn't there a rattle snake round-up every year in Oklahoma?

      February 17, 2013

  • Kevin

    Sorry I can't make this trip. I was planning on going, but my great aunt just died in San Antonio and the funeral is set for Saturday, Feb. 23. Have fun everyone.

    February 17, 2013

  • Paul

    Has anybody called to see if we can reserve the group area?
    http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Wichita_Mountains/activities/camp/doris.html

    February 7, 2013

    • Matt D

      I'll certainly contribute. Is the Group Site for Friday and Saturday night? If so who is going to be there on Friday and when?

      February 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks David, We plan to drive up Friday and will also camp Sat. night.

      February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will pitch in as well. Thank you.

    February 14, 2013

  • Nicole

    Yay...thanks! Looking forward to it!

    February 13, 2013

  • Frunk

    Anybody interested in carpooling? I would like to meet close to I35E, north of Lake Dallas.

    February 12, 2013

  • Ellen

    Can't do moderate hikes with my little ones.

    February 10, 2013

  • Robyn

    Something came up last minute, so unfortunately I have to change my RSVP to no. Very disappointed. I was really looking forward to going.

    February 10, 2013

  • Robyn

    Anyone planning on heading up on Friday?

    February 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We plan to head out Friday night from N. Dallas. Is it possible to meet up somewhere mid-way?

      February 7, 2013

    • Robyn

      I'm planning to hit the road around 2, hoping to miss most of the heavy traffic.

      February 8, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the location to Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

    February 8, 2013

  • Carol­ removed the location. It was Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

    February 8, 2013

  • Matt D

    Since it's Doris campground then are we staying in the group camp or do we need to get individual campsites?

    February 6, 2013

  • Linda W.

    I am new to this group. Would I be able to bring my 14 year old daughter and a friend?

    February 6, 2013

  • Matt D

    What is the name of the campground we'll be staying at?

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time from Saturday, February 09, 2013 at 10:00 AM to Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    February 1, 2013

  • Mary

    Can't make the 9th.....will watch for updates :-)

    January 31, 2013

  • Nicole

    Same here...Feb 23rd is a more feasible date for me as well.

    January 31, 2013

  • Paul

    Sorry I wouldnt be able to go until Feb 23rd. Enjoy. :-)

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time to Saturday, February 09, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Depends on the date. Out of town that day.

    January 30, 2013

  • Carmen T.

    How many miles with our Packs? I'm still a beginner but would love to do another trip.

    January 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just depends on my kids sports schedules and custody schedule. Sounds like fun.

    January 29, 2013

  • Paul

    Depends on what date is chosen but I love hiking there.

    January 29, 2013

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