Elk Mountain Climber's Log

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BLBonnet

BLBonnet - Jun 13, 2016 4:23 pm Date Climbed: May 11, 2016

Not bad, Oklahoma. Not bad.  Sucess!

All of Charon's Wilderness looks gorgeous. Took me and my buddies less than an hour to climb. I was surprised that Oklahoma could actually offer a legitimate mountain hike. There's not really a clear summit, but the views were nevertheless spectacular.

Don't use google maps to get here. We were taken clear to the other side of the mountain.

MaverickMerk

MaverickMerk - May 12, 2015 1:05 pm Date Climbed: May 8, 2015

Beautiful Area  Sucess!

Gorgeous area for a short hike. plenty of climbing opportunities in the area. will definitely return to the witchitas if i find myself back in oklahoma. also explored the area near "The Narrows" trail.

splandswest

splandswest - Mar 8, 2015 8:25 am Date Climbed: Mar 7, 2015

Ascent via NW Corner  Sucess!

... with both of my sons, climbed Elk Mountain via the rocky slabs on the NW corner. Started from Sunset camp via trail to Valley of Boulders. Nearing the base of Elk Mt, left trail striking out on a course up the mountain, boulder hopping and probably 30-35 degree climb. Upon reaching the false summit on the NW side we hiked over huge slabs along the West edge above Wagon Rock and the Apple and the Pear before heading eastward to pick up the Elk Mt Trail down and back to Sunset Camp.

mgriffin015

mgriffin015 - Feb 27, 2015 3:02 pm

Favorite Hike in OK  Sucess!

I go to the Wichitas at least 2-3 times a year, and its still my favorite hike in all of Oklahoma. We take the Charon's Garden trail to the summit then try to find a new landmark to get to on the way down. Easy scramble down the mountain to meet up with the trail back to the parking lot.

AltitudeSickness

AltitudeSickness - Aug 1, 2014 11:52 am

Slab Climbing  Sucess!

Some great areas to practice friction climbing, these slabs are SO HOT during summer months.

mountainhare

mountainhare - Feb 9, 2013 5:28 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2012

Great hike  Sucess!

This was quite a treat after busting myself on Twin Rocks earlier in the day. Nice steady trail, great summit views, had it to myself.

koryrogers - Jun 6, 2012 1:05 am Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2006

Climbed Many Times, Never Disappoints  Sucess!

Lately my favorite route is in from Treasure Lake, scramble up from the trail to Apple and Pear, then up and over the top, back down the Elk Mountain to meet up with the Charon Gardens trail and eventually make my way back to the car. The view from Apple and Pear is hard to beat in the Wichita Mountains - especially late in the evening. Ultimately I love this mountain because you have a easy trail to and from the top, with access to virtually any difficulty hiking you like.

Bluebell08

Bluebell08 - Nov 19, 2011 6:07 pm Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2011

Nice fall hike  Sucess!

Nice hike up the trail and then among the boulders. Buffalo on the summit, great views, and lots of fun scrambling. Nice fall day in Oklahoma. Wish I had my climbing gear to try some route out here.

alecdavis1992

alecdavis1992 - Jan 3, 2011 7:43 pm Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2010

Good times  Sucess!

Ive climbed this a handful of times with friends, its always a good time finding different routes. There is some mildly intense scrambling fun to be had.

AFmountaineer

AFmountaineer - Nov 10, 2010 11:31 am Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2010

Sprained Ankle  Sucess!

Sprained my ankle scrambling around Little Baldy so instead of rockclimbing we hiked up Elk Mountain. Fun mountain with cool views.

Vagabond Manifesto

Vagabond Manifesto - Feb 10, 2010 3:33 am Date Climbed: May 1, 2008

Elk  Sucess!

Love the Wichitas! Like a humid, hardwood-forest version of Joshua Tree...

GeoExplorer

GeoExplorer - May 25, 2009 1:46 am

A nice walk

I've walked this mountain many times when I was a Boy Scout.

Cookie Addict

Cookie Addict - Sep 25, 2008 6:36 am

snakes everywhere  Sucess!

Climbed with my 7 year-old son. It was hot, just after a storm and there were snakes and lizards everywhere. Man, I hate snakes!

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Mar 21, 2008 8:29 am Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2008

Loop Through Apple and Pear

Were we successful? Well, we didn't climb on top of the summit boulder--too difficult for me, anyway. But, that wasn't the goal. We hiked the class 1 trail to the summit, then continued along the animal trails and across the rock slabs to descend on the western slope to Apple and Pear. From there we scrambled a steep Class 3 route along a small, flowing stream just to the south of those big rocks. Then we hiked along Charon's Garden Trail, through Valley of Boulders, and back to the Jeep. Great day, great weather. Because of Easter and Holy City nearby, the refuge was packed. But our early start and more challenging route meant that we saw very few at the beginning, and none once we struck out off the main trails. We didn't realize how packed it was until we returned to the parking lot (both lots were full!).

metasyn11

metasyn11 - Dec 31, 2007 12:18 am Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2007

northside scramble  Sucess!

Bushwhacked from the parking lot which led to a class 3 scramble up the north side of Elk Mountain. Lots of fun climbing around the summit area (there are several subsidiary summits of comparable height). It was quite a zoo of people out there on this beautiful Christmas break Sunday, but the scrambling and the buffalo were worth it.

Bubba Suess

Bubba Suess - Mar 9, 2007 10:23 pm

First summit in Oklahoma  Sucess!

I climbed the mountain on my first trip to the Wichitas. I returned 13 times. It got me through four years in Texas!

Bubba Suess

Bubba Suess - Mar 9, 2007 10:23 pm

First summit in Oklahoma  Sucess!

I climbed the mountain on my first trip to the Wichitas. I returned 13 times. It got me through four years in Texas!

gwave47

gwave47 - Nov 28, 2006 2:46 am Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2006

Thanksgiving Day  Sucess!

My brother and I made the shorthike Thanksgiving Day. My first in the flatlands of Oklahoma. Loved the wildlife in the refuge.

The Lower Marmot

The Lower Marmot - May 30, 2005 9:53 pm

Route Climbed: More or less Date Climbed: May 30, 2005  Sucess!

We basically charged up the northwestern aspect and stood below the summit boulder. It was a lot larger than expected--pictures don't prepare you for it.

splandswest

splandswest - Apr 12, 2005 9:19 am

Route Climbed: Elk Mountain Trail Date Climbed: Climbed twice in the 90's.  Sucess!

On one of the climbs up the Elk Mountain Trail my son and I crossed the top of Elk Mountain all the way to the Apple and Pear. From there we continued north and down the north face back to the trailhead parking lot. This is a great day hike involving some bouldering.

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