We were here last year for a day and vowed a return for a longer visit. Things fell into place for a 4 day trip in October of this year (2017).
This trip was different as it was just the youngest, Theory, and his bestie along with me.
The boys are strong and fast, so it was nearly like being on my own hiking with occasional glimpses of them both now and then. The views are quite wide open!
We arrived the Monday after the big bison sale, so the remaining bison were scattered and tucked off well hidden. We could see them from various hiking vantage points, but nothing like the first trip when they lined the roads. What did line the roads this time of year were longhorn cattle. We saw at least a hundred, even little ones though I thought it was close to winter for babies!
Wichita Mountains is so worth a visit. It’s free to enter, the visitor center is very nice and the staff will help with any questions to the point that we nearly had to make a run for it to get away one afternoon when we popped in for hiking ideas.
Day one, we hiked up Elk Mountain. This is an easy climb with a ton of views. The trail is just over a mile one way, but the whole mountain top is open for roaming around on. Just be aware of where the trail back down is!
The next trail we did was into Charons Garden from the south, stopping by Post Oak Falls on the way.
We also hiked out to Crab Eyes:
The boys did this one while I watched. See below: to climb to the eyes, you have to squeeze through a crack. I opted out of that psychological torture.
And Charons Garden from the north headed south:
We also watched the sun set and rise most days from the top of Mt Scott:
And…just because with all the gorgeous hikes, views, climbs, space and majestic elk, bison, and longhorn, the whole reason I go is the prairie dogs.