This thread would not be complete without a picture from the summit of Mount Scott. Now, folks in the Appalachian or Rocky Mtn regions wouldn't call these hills "mountains," but hey they're the best we've got in OK. I took this on the way back to the CG to cook my evening meal of smoky tilapia filets. One can drive to the summit of Mt. Scott via a corkscrew-type road that winds around and around until it reaches the top.
In the morning, I was reminded of one good reason why I prefer trailers. I would have packed up the tent, but at 8:30 am it was still wet... covered in dew! Forget the tent, I'll stop by for it later on my way home. Onward ho! My next stop was the trail to the Jed Johnson Tower. No, I don't know if Jed built this tower, or why anyone would build a tower in this location, or what it was for. But it looks good with the morning light
The view from the tower area itself was nice, too. This is another dammed lake (pun intended), and it's named after Jed of course.
After this easy trail, my legs felt ready for a greater challenge. So on I went to the Elk Mountain trailhead. This meager parking lot serves as trailhead for 3 trails, and it is woefully inadequate in size. But I got there early enough to get a gen-u-wine parking space, and by the picnic tables no less! I was planning ahead for lunch, you see.
Up, up, and away! It's a fairly steep climb over rough, rocky, uneven terrain. But about halfway to the summit, the views were quite nice. I had to zoom in with my lens for this photo, or the girls on the outcrop would have been unnoticeable.
I didn't get much farther than this, because the trail got even rougher and steeper as well as less scenic (into a post oak grove, which is not pretty when they're still all bare), so I headed back down. Good thing too, because I was really tuckered out when I reached the bottom. A picnic lunch helped, but after that I felt like my time (and legs) had been well spent, and it was time to head home.