Category:Landforms of Comanche County, Oklahoma
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1. Mount Scott (Oklahoma) – Mount Scott is a prominent mountain just to the northwest of Lawton, Oklahoma rising to a height of 2,464 feet. It is located in the Wichita Mountains near Fort Sill Military Reservation, 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 paved road. Hiking is allowed, although there are no formal trails and the road is closed to pedestrians. Mount Scott is also popular for its numerous rock climbing areas, the peak was named in honor of General Winfield Scott. The Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge is located in southwestern Oklahoma, just North of the city of Lawton, the area is located near I-44, and is about 90 miles from Oklahoma City. The Wildlife Refuges proximity to Fort Sill means that the sound of fire can often be heard by visitors and is sometimes mistaken for thunder. Mount Scott is the second-highest mountain in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, 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 Refuges Special Use Area which is reserved for wildlife management and closed to the public. From the west side of Mount Scott can be several prominent mountains to the west including Elk Mountain, Mount Sheridan. Haley Peak is the highest point in the Wichita Mountain range, the Blue Canyon Wind Farm is north of Mount Scott, and the wind turbines are visible from the access road. The summit is accessible by a 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, bicycles are allowed on the paved road leading to the summit of Mount Scott. Although the distance is short, the ride is not recommended for beginners. The steep grades involved, heavy crosswinds, sharp turns, the peak may also be reached by traditional hiking, thought there are no blazed trails to the summit, and large pedestrian groups 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
2. Wichita Mountains – The Wichita Mountains are located in the southwestern portion of the U. S. state of Oklahoma. It is the relief system in the Southern Oklahoma Aulacogen. The mountains are a northwest-southeast trending series of rocky promontories, many capped by 540 million-year old granite and these were exposed and rounded by weathering during the Permian Period. The eastern end of the mountains offers 1,000 feet of relief in a region otherwise dominated by gently rolling grasslands. The mountains are home to numerous working ranches and quarry operations, the reformatory, recreational homes and campsites. Fort Sill, home of the U. S. Army Field Artillery School, bison, elk and deer are protected on the 59, 020-acre wildlife refuge. The refuge also manages a herd of longhorn cattle, a scenic highway traversing the park permits leisurely views of these and other fauna. Backcountry camping is available in the Charon Gardens Wilderness area, the park is home to a small number of popular fishing lakes. There are numerous trails for hiking and it is also home to Treasure Lake Job Corps. Additional points of interest are the visitors center, Holy City of the Wichitas, Quanah Parker Lake & Dam, Lake Jed Johnson. Great Plains State Park is located near the center the Wichita Mountains. Quartz Mountain Nature Park and Arts Center is a recreation area located north of the city of Altus. At 2,464 ft Mount Scott is the second highest mountain within the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge boundary, Mount Pinchot in the Special Use Area is 12 feet taller. The highest peak in the Wichita Mountains is Haley Peak, at 2,481 ft. Haley Peak is located on property just outside the northwest corner of the refuge. When the area was part of Indian reservations and therefore off-limits to non-Native Americans, when the area was first opened up for settlement, many prospectors staked mining claims, and towns were laid out to serve the presumed bonanzas, but no economic deposits were found. The gold boom was prolonged by some unscrupulous assayers who found gold in every sample, in simplest terms, the Wichita Mountains are rocky promontories and rounded hills made of red and black igneous rocks, light-colored sedimentary rocks, and boulder conglomerates. The Wichita Mountains were formed in four distinct geologic episodes following a failed continental rift, magmatism induced by continental rifting just prior to and in the Cambrian Period produced the granites and rhyolites, gabbroic rocks, anorthosites, and diabases. Subsidence resulted in burial by sandstones and carbonates during the early Paleozoic, Uplift during the Pennsylvanian Ouachita Orogeny brought these rocks to the surface as mountains