Blake Batchelor

  • Hike to Crab Eyes

    Starting from the Sunset Trailhead/Parking Lot on far west side of the refuge, hike west out of the parking lot a few hundred feet to the trailhead that heads into a well-developed trail through the trees. This is different than the Elk Mountain t...

    4 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike to Post Oak Falls

    Park at the Post Oak/Treasure lake Trailhead. Follow one of the well-worn trails north. There are a few trails at the start that eventually wind into each other. After 1/2 mile of going due north up and down some hills and crossing a plateau, look...

    1 miles 123 ft gain

  • Canyoneering in Neon Canyon

    This is an 8-12 hour technical adventure that is usually done as an overnight backpack. Consider hiring a local guide service such as Excursions of Escalante or Escalante Outfitters! We did this as a self-guided excursion. A group is recommended b...

    13 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Camp in the Water Cave at Alabaster Caverns

    Call and reserve the water cave in advance. It is a group site and will cost around $40. Drive to Alabaster Caverns State Park in NW Oklahoma. Pick up your permits from the visitor center. Park in the NW corner of the main parking area. You will t...

  • Bike Mt. Scott in the Wichita Mountains

    Park at the base of Mt. Scott in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma. This ride may be linked up with other routes around the refuge or Medicine Park. The route is a straight out and back up and down Mt. Scott. It is 2.7 miles at a con...

    2.7 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Paddle from Yukon to Lake Overholser

    Figure out how you're going to shuttle your car and kayak. The float begins in Yukon, which is on the west side of OKC. Drive to the center of Yukon and turn north on Piedmont Rd. (Hwy 4) Drive a few miles north to the N. Canadian bridge. Park on ...

  • Kayak the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge

    The Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge is a nature and wildlife preserve on the west side of OKC that surrounds a section of the North Canadian River. The main put-in and take-out for kayaks is located on 39th and Lake Overholser Drive at the Route 66 bri...

  • Hike to the Lower Rock Rooms via Charon's Garden Trail

    This hike can be difficult for a dog. There is one area where crossing the boulders can be dangerous. Use caution and turn around if you're not comfortable taking kids or pets over the some of the boulder jumps. They are easy but there is a drop b...

    3 miles 100 ft gain

  • Camp in the Bisti Badlands

    After driving down some dirt roads to the marked location, park in the main parking area. Free car camping is allowed here. Look across the blank landscape to the east. A compass may help you keep your bearing while out hiking because there are no...

    4 miles

  • Go Wild Caving at Alabaster Caverns

    Drive to Alabaster Caverns State Park. Wild Caving is open From April 1-September 30th. You must have at least 3 people in your party. You must all have helmets and at least 2 light sources per person. Go to the visitor center to get permits and t...

    2 miles

  • Day Hike Crack-in-the-Wall to Jacob Hamblin Arch in Coyote Gulch

    Drive to Hole in the Rock Road outside of Escalante UT. Drive SE down the all-dirt Hole in the Rock Road for 36 miles to a signed turn off on your left. The road can be sandy and bumpy from here, so consider the car you're using. Travel NE for 7 m...

    11 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Mountain Bike the Mt. Scott Fire Road

    The Mt. Scott Fire Road parking is within the first few hundred yards on your right after entering the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. It is the pullout after you pass the Osage Lake parking lot. Keep an eye out for the dirt road/trail that run...

    8 miles 200 ft gain

  • Kayak at Lake Hefner

    Park at the OKCBF Sailing Center marked on the map. This is located on the southern shore of Lake Hefner. There are other boat ramps, but this one has a sandy beach that is nice to launch from. There is good fishing on all parts of the Lake. Full ...

  • Backcountry Camping in the Wichitas & Charon's Garden

    Secure a permit by calling the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at 580-429-3222. They can be hard to come by, especially in the spring and fall. The refuge should give you a map detailing the backcountry area. Drive to the Sunset P...

    5 miles 200 ft gain

  • Float the Spring River from Mammoth Springs to Hardy

    This stretch is fed by Mammoth Spring near the Arkansas/Missouri border and therefore runs year-round. The peak season is the warm spring to fall months when the river can be crowded. The river consists of mainly pools and small ledges of 1 to 3 f...