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Title: Got Out For A Short Hike This Morning
Post by: ambersdad on February 11, 2016, 07:50:37 PM
I was finally able to get out for a couple hours and go for a hike. 

This Saturday I will lead a hike for the local Backwoods Store.  Since the group is so large, I can't take them into the Charons Gardens Wilderness Area.  I'll take them along a few of the ridge lines around the Dog Run Hollow Trail area.   For the most part I hate the trails at the Refuge and prefer following game trails.  Below is the link to my hike.   I like to use the Ramblr app on my phone.

http://www.ramblr.com/web/mymap/trip/177915
Title: Re: Got Out For A Short Hike This Morning
Post by: Geezer on February 11, 2016, 08:15:29 PM
Looks like a nice hike.

Glad you got to do it.

Geezer
Title: Re: Got Out For A Short Hike This Morning
Post by: ambersdad on February 12, 2016, 05:17:33 AM
Looks like a nice hike.

Glad you got to do it.

Geezer
Thanks! It was good to get out if only for a few hours. 
Title: Re: Got Out For A Short Hike This Morning
Post by: dkerr24 on February 12, 2016, 09:19:50 AM
I try to get out to the Wichita Mtns refuge every few months.  I agree the trails there are not in the best shape, but it sure beats 'hiking' on blacktop sidewalks in the city. :)
Title: Re: Got Out For A Short Hike This Morning
Post by: Talusman on February 12, 2016, 09:31:04 AM
Wow, very nice. I used to live in Lawton, OK for about three months in the summer. Wife and I went to that area almost every weekend. I really enjoyed hiking around many places, and even fishing in many of  the small lakes in the area. I didn't care for Lawton at all, but the wilderness area was worth the time! Do you get to frequent there often?
Title: Re: Got Out For A Short Hike This Morning
Post by: ambersdad on February 12, 2016, 10:02:08 AM
I try to get out to the Wichita Mtns refuge every few months.  I agree the trails there are not in the best shape, but it sure beats 'hiking' on blacktop sidewalks in the city. :)

Looks like they got grant money to build a trail up Mt Scott.  That's good, but overall the Refuge management resists reworking or adding better trails.  They say it's a refuge and not a park.  But they are the 1st to point out to visitors its the most visited refuge in the country. 

In the past I had to submit a proposed maintenance of pruning back encroaching branches in the fall so it could be approved before nesting season of the endangered Black capped Vireo in the spring.   That got old quick.  In recent years those limbs have started magically falling off and we don't ask anymore.  :icon_cool:

We do have to address the serious damage done by the tornado and the Memorial Day floods last year.  I've had conversations with the refuge manger and the head of Visitor Services about it. Hopefully they will get the fire crew in on the Dog Run Hollow Trail and cut out those massive log jams.  It's more work than mere magic can accomplish.    :icon_smile:

Wow, very nice. I used to live in Lawton, OK for about three months in the summer. Wife and I went to that area almost every weekend. I really enjoyed hiking around many places, and even fishing in many of  the small lakes in the area. I didn't care for Lawton at all, but the wilderness area was worth the time! Do you get to frequent there often?

I spend a great deal of time at the Refuge.  It's my home away from home.  ;)