We hiked to the top of Elk Mountain in the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma. Elk Mountain is 2270 ft. The hike is a gain of about 600 feet from the Sunset Picnic Area. The trail to the summit is about 1.1 miles. We hiked around the peak where the landscape changes dramatically and requires a bit of bouldering. It was a great day for a hike in August--hot but not too hot and there was a little breeze. The kids did great. Ana made it to the top without any help and Kendall only carried her on the way down.
Elk Mountain as seen from the trail head.
Ana resting in the shade.
This is on the summit. That rock in the distance is called the Apple and Pear. We hiked over there too.
Ana, Pablo and Ana bouldering.
Pablo loved all the rock hopping.
Dadddy's proud of his little hikers.
Ana loved watching the tadpoles in the numerous mountain pools.
The view from the Apple and Pear.
Ana checking out another pool.
This bison was just off the road.
Bison calves nursing, also just off the road.
Long horn cattle roaming in the reserve.