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“This course links the most scenic spots in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.”
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This course navigates Charon's Garden, Elk Mountain Trail
, 40 Foot Hole and Little Baldy. It consists of singletrack, game trails, no trail and paved roads. A few sections require the runner to use route finding skills to find the way. You'll have no idea where you're going in some spots so have the route handy for reference.
Features: Lake — Views — Waterfall — Wildlife
Need to Know
The course should be run November - March due to their unmaintained nature.
Watch out for slick rock and cactus.
From Treasure Lake Trailhead, travel north on Charon's Garden Trail
. Like many parts of the course, it's easy to get off track due to meandering foot and game trails. You'll pass a small waterfall and the back side of Elk Mountain on your way to the boulder field. Eventually you arrive at the base of Elk Mountain, cross the bridge and begin to climb. Once you summit, continue in a south southeast direction and pick your way through the game trails and cactus going down to Fawn Creek. Travel parallel to Fawn Creek until you pick up the footpath to Fawn Creek Camp Grounds. Take the campground road east to Indiahoma Rd. and go a short distance south and take a left to the Dogwood Hollow Trailhead. Go left at three forks in a row until you're skirting French Lake on the Bison Trail
. Follow the Bison Trail
all the way to Lost Lake dam and cross it. Take Kite Trail
past 40 Foot Hole to Kite Trail
trailhead. Follow the paved road for approximately 1.5 miles before taking a right onto a cattle trail. If you get to the gate, you've gone to far. At this point you'll see Little Baldy in the distance and that's your next objective. Follow the cattle trail until it disappears then continue east to find the Panther Creek crossing. Go straight east from the creek crossing until you meet up with the trail to Osage Lake Dam. Cross the dam and continue in an east northeast direction to Little Baldy. Trails will come and go. From Little Baldy, go east to Quanah Park Lake dam then travel on the paved road to the the Tee and go south eventually turning back west into a gravel lot before the refuge exit gate. Follow the fire road for 8 miles back to Indiahoma Rd, go west and then north back to Treasure Lake Trailhead.
Flora & Fauna
You'll find elk, deer, turkey, buffalo, longhorn cattle, prairie dogs and snakes all in the refuge