Looking for another group to do some hiking with? The local Sierra Club has various outings planned, and they’re open to members and non-members. Below is some information on a Sept. 26 outing to the Wichitas. This sounds like a pretty good trip. Read the write-up below (courtesy of the Sierra Club) and get in touch with the contact person listed if you want to go.
Day Hike in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Description: The group will explore upper Mount Scott, check out the visitor center, and hike to the boulder field in the Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area. This trail involves scrambling and boulder hopping in some areas.
Difficulty level: Moderate.
Date: Sept. 26, Activities will run from about 12:45 p.m. to about 4:45 p.m.
Transportation: The Sierra Club encourages car-pooling. For those who would like to caravan or find/offer a ride, we’ll meet at 11 a.m. at the Gold Dome, 1112 NW 23 St., in Oklahoma City. The going rate for carpool passengers is $0.10/mile per passenger. We’ll be leaving at 11:15 a.m. sharp. If you would prefer to meet the group on the refuge, we’ll be on top of Mount Scott about 12:45 p.m.
Food: Pack a lunch to eat in the car or on the trail.
Other available activities: Some may choose to head to Meers for dinner. Bring cash for Meers, as they don’t split checks. For those not ready to part with nature, there is a Bugling Elk Tour at 5 p.m. at a cost of $5. If you are interested in this tour, contact the wildlife refuge directly.
- Lunch and any desired trail snacks.
- Sturdy, close-toed shoes that can be laced/strapped tight.
- At least 1 liter of water per person and a means of carrying your bottle without using your hands (strap, backpack, bum bag, etc.).
- Rain equipment appropriate for the forecast.
- Walking stick/trekking poles (optional).
Leader: Blair Williams, e-mail email@example.com or call (405) 823-8085 (evening only, please) with questions.
Cost: No fees required, however a donation to the Sierra Club newsletter would be greatly appreciated.
Weather: Hike may be cancelled if the forecast calls for significant rain or very windy/cold weather. If you send Blair an e-mail address, you’ll be contacted directly regarding a cancellation. Otherwise, check Sierra Club Outings website for cancelation information. http://oklahoma.sierraclub.org/outings/index.html
Liability waiver: Every participant will be required to sign a liability waiver before beginning the outing. The leader will have forms available at the trailhead.
Children: This hike is not appropriate for small children. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All attendees under the age of 18 will require a parent signature on the waiver.
Sounds like a good invite to a good event. Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows what I think of the Wichitas, so any planned event here has to be pretty good. Join up with these folks and have a good time.