Summary: Six miles and 500 ft of backpacking a beautiful park with a group of great Girl Scouts.
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Last weekend, the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma (GS-West) High Adventure Team (HAT) had a Beginners Backpacking trip to Robber’s Cave State Park in eastern Oklahoma.
One cool thing, this was Edition 2 of this trip. The first trip, about a month ago, maxed out and had a waiting list, so we did a second one.
We got to camp Friday evening around 1900. We had reservations at the Equestrian Camp. This was pretty cool. We were at the south end of the camp in a large grassy area under big trees, with a couple picnic tables to sit at. Very nice, real bathrooms (with showers), and lots of horses to look at. The Ranger came and checked on us, and he let us know about the need for a backcountry permit that we were not aware of.
Here’s the skinny: we wanted to leave our cars at the trailhead at the Cave. That area gets locked up each night, but you can park there. We scored a permit form from the park office, put all three of our cars on one form, and left it on the dash of one of the cars.
The next morning, we got up, had a trail breakfast, packed, and headed over to the Cave area. There were a LOT of people there at 0930, including a Cub Scout Pack and at least three Boy Scout Troops.
We let the Scouts head up on the wonderful rocks to warm up a bit, then we shouldered our packs and headed out from the trailhead, which is on the south side of the parking area.
It’s a nice trail to walk on. The last time I hiked it, I missed a turn that headed up hill, and the same thing happened to our girls. We had lunch at the bottom of Rough Canyon, and took a shortcut up a road to get to Cattail Pond, and eventually found our way around the loop to Lost Lake.
What a beautiful campsite! I hiked past Lost Lake a couple years ago. It’s a great campsite, with tall, beautiful trees, pine needles all over the ground that are great to sleep on, a couple big fire rings, and that pretty lake in front of you. I walked all the way around the lake, it was very peaceful.
The next morning we got up and hiked back to Robber’s Cave, played on the rocks for a while, and headed back to OKC.
There was a LOT of water around on this trip, numerous small streams, Lost Lake and Cattail Pond, and Rough Canyon. We had little in the way of bug problems, but a couple of the girls ran across ticks. There was quite a bit of poison ivy around as well.
This was a really nice backpacking trip. A little altitude gain, a nice trail that was easy to follow. It might be possible to get a 10-miler out of this trail, if you figure-8 around Rough Canyon.