Mount Scott (Oklahoma)

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Mount Scott
Mt scott lawton ok.jpg
Mount Scott, the second highest peak in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, north of Lawton.
Highest point
Elevation2,469 ft (753 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence824 ft (251 m) [2]
Coordinates34°44′40″N 98°31′55″W / 34.744561917°N 98.5319088°W / 34.744561917; -98.5319088Coordinates: 34°44′40″N 98°31′55″W / 34.744561917°N 98.5319088°W / 34.744561917; -98.5319088[1]
Geography
Mount Scott is located in Oklahoma
Mount Scott
Mount Scott
Mount Scott's location in Oklahoma.
LocationComanche County, Oklahoma, U.S.
Parent rangeWichita Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Mount Scott
Geology
Age of rockCambrian Period[3]
Mountain typeIgneous[3]
Climbing
Easiest routePaved Road

Mount Scott is a prominent mountain just to the northwest of Lawton, Oklahoma rising to a height of 2,464 feet (751 m).[4] It is located in the Wichita Mountains near Fort Sill Military Reservation and lies in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge (WMWR). The US Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for the maintenance of the area. Visitors can reach the summit by car or bicycle via a three-mile paved road. Hiking is allowed, although there are no formal trails and the paved road is open to pedestrians and bicycles from 6am to 9:30 am only. Mount Scott is also popular for its numerous rock climbing areas. The peak was named in honor of General Winfield Scott.[5]

Geography[edit]

The Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge is located in southwestern Oklahoma, just north of the city of Lawton and Fort Sill. The area is located near Interstate 44, and is about 90 miles (145 km) from Oklahoma City. The Wildlife Refuge's proximity to Fort Sill means that the sound of artillery fire can often be heard by visitors and is sometimes mistaken for thunder.

View from Mount Scott, OK

Mount Scott is the second-highest mountain in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, but it remains the most well-known and regularly visited. The 3+ mile paved road that winds from the base to the top of Mount Scott offers breath-taking views of the surrounding Oklahoma plains. Mount Pinchot lies several miles to the west and is the highest point in the Refuge being 12 feet taller. Mount Pinchot is located within the Wildlife Refuge's Special Use Area which is reserved for wildlife management and closed to the public.[4] From the west side of Mount Scott can be seen several prominent mountains to the west including Elk Mountain, Mount Sheridan, and Haley peak which lies just outside the NW corner of the WMWR.[6][7][8] Haley Peak (officially unnamed) is the highest point in the Wichita Mountain range.[9]

The Blue Canyon Wind Farm is north of Mount Scott, and the wind turbines are visible from the access road.

Routes[edit]

Road up Mount Scott, OK

The summit is accessible by a three-mile paved road which winds around the mountain. Several scenic pullouts are located along the road, and parking is available at the top of the mountain. As of March 2019, the road is temporarily but indefinitely closed to motorized vehicles because of damage sustained to the road base during heavy rains in 2018. Bicyclists and pedestrians are still allowed on the road to the summit from sunrise to sunset. Although the distance is fairly short, the route is not recommended for beginners due to the steep grades, heavy crosswinds, and sharp turns.

The peak may also be reached by traditional hiking, though there are no blazed trails to the summit, and large pedestrian groups (of over 8 people) are prohibited on the paved road. However, visitors are allowed to park at the base of the mountain and hike to a number of the rock climbing areas available on the mountain.

The winding highway as seen from the top of Mount Scott

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mt Scott Reset". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  2. ^ "Mount Scott, Oklahoma". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  3. ^ a b "America's Volcanic Past: Oklahoma". US Geological Survey. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  4. ^ a b "Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge". US Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  5. ^ "Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture: Fort Sill". Archived from the original on 2014-07-23. Retrieved 2014-08-09.
  6. ^ "Elk Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  7. ^ "Elk Mountain, Oklahoma". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  8. ^ "Mount Sheridan". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  9. ^ "Mount Haley, Oklahoma". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23.

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