I had to go back to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge to complete a hike I started a long time ago. Crab Eyes is a rock formation located near Elk Mountain and on the Charon Gardens Wilderness Area. I like the balancing rock formations almost as much as I like waterfalls. This hike was not easy. There were some steep inclines and the usual lack of trail markings. I really like hiking here and will be back again to do a couple other hikes I have not gotten to do.
The hike takes you through a forest like area and several water crossings. You will hike in an open area and see all the mountains surrounding the area. You will traverse down into a valley and then back up to Crab Eyes. The last climb is steep but absolutely worth the trip. The views getting to the destination are also some of the better views you get in the Charon Gardens Wilderness Area. The hike was a 4.5 mile out and back. The weird thing at the beginning of the hike was a longhorn steer on the trail. I decided to take a different way to the trailhead. I thought it would be gone by the time I returned, nope it was still there. I took my chances this time since it was more interested in grazing and further off the trail. It was big and angry looking.Open area with a viewWorking my way upHere I am near the top. Last pic on the trip up. I thought this was just a cool pic to get on the way backOpen plain on the way back to the trailhead
I get back to trail running for the next month and a half. I am going to try to fit in some hiking but I signed up for plenty of runs until June.