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Ascent of Mount Scott on 2013-09-26

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, September 26, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Scott
    Location:USA-Oklahoma
    Elevation:2464 ft / 751 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left Hotel in Lawton at 6:15 and drove to TH in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. It was still dark and the Refuge rules are no hiking until daylight. Sunrise at this time of year was supposed to be at 7:25 AM and Sundown at 7:24 PM but I had already figured out the night before that means all the way up and down. I got my pack ready and a headlamp in case I needed it and found the road up Mt. Scott at 6:36 AM and some daylight was coming up in the east. So perhaps full sunrise was in 50 minutes but I had limited time and needed to go now. I considered the rule to mean at the crack of dawn?

I hopped the gate and started up the road. I wanted to scramble the entire route but not in the dark so I was forced to stay on the safe paved road surface and hike the 3 miles up the road. As the sun kept coming up I could see how this odd pink granite formation was embedded in the middle of flat OK countryside. I started to see the sun come up over the lake to the east. Beautiful. The rocks now were quite visible along the road and there were many lower class 5 climbs available and acres of class 3 scrambling that would be fun if I had time!

It was 69 degrees F starting and the wind was breezy. It was downright hard winds like 35 to 40 at the top and by the time I got down it was already 75 F. It later reached 95 F that day!

I scouted out the scramble over to Mt Scotts Boy and it looked fun too but I did not have the time. I checked out the route to Hunting Horse Hill and was drawn to it as well although the lower valley of that side trip would take you in some thicker scrubby bushwhack.

I also learned that the refuge has a hike with real trails that goes up nearby Elk Mountain and I will return to do that and perhaps bushwhack this fun hill when more time allows.

I hiked swiftly up the road and tagged the summit in 47 minutes which is good pace up 1000 feet (over 3.8 mph). I took about 8 photos at the top of the sunrise (I topped at 7:22 AM)and jogged down most of the way stopping one once to scramble a fun section between one of the upper hairpins. I was down by 7:54 AM so I did the return in about 30 minutes or averaging 6 mph jogging down.

The gates are all kept locked till 9 AM. The road is busy during the day so this was a great way to do it while cool and with solitude. Bikers were already starting up the drive when I jumped the gate. I was glad I did not have them to ruin my early morning exercise. The picnic area across the highway would be a good place to park also but is closed till 9 AM as well.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1025 ft / 311 m
    Extra Gain:5 ft / 1 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:paved road with some offroad scramble
    Trailhead:Hwy 49 Pullout by entrance road  1449 ft / 441 m
    Grade/Class:1 and some easy 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
wonderful in the early dawn
Ascent Statistics
    Time:47 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes



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