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Wichita Mountians Wildlife Refuge

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Distance: 3.7 miles


This 3.7 mile gently rolling loop gives you a good sampling of the the oak trees and grass prairies that make up part of the nearly 60,000 acre Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. During your hike watch for herds of bison, elk and other native and migratory wildlife.
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At the beginning of your loop on the Longhorn trail you'll cross Fawn creek and begin winding through oak trees. The trail gently rolls up and down before beginning a moderate decent down a predominantly red dirt and granite trail.

Take a turn to the north where you'll join up with the Bison trail and pass a small stock pond. Up and over the dam and you're in a mixed grass prairie to the next trail marker.

At the marker you'll head north east gradually descending again towards Cache creek. Shortly after you get to the creek you'll reach a spillway. If the water is low, you can cross the creek on rocks and take a break on a 40 foot tall rock bluff that offers good views of Elk mountain to the west.

After your break follow the creek towards French Lake. Walk along the shores of French lake and gradually make a turn to the south passing the French lake trail head.

Pass through more oak trees as you make your way back towards the open prairie from earlier in the day and backtrack to the trailhead.

For more information visit the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge website

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Mike
Jan 12, 2014

I have made this trip in the past, great 3 day trip. Be aware, you must pay for entry to overnight stay. Also there is a strict no open fire rule. :(

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