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Texas / Oklahoma - Eisenhower State Park


This event is hosted by Girls Who Hike TX Ambassador Hester Lam and Girls Who Hike OK Ambassador Cate Brantley! 10 random attendees will receive a special Girls Who Hike giveaway at this meetup!


CAMPSITE: I have rented 3 campsites for up to 8 people each in the Elm Point Camping Area. We will be right next to the Lake Texoma swimming area and will have great views. Each site has a picnic table, lantern post, combo fire ring/grill, tent pad, and there is a water spigot between sites. We are also fairly close to a restroom, per the website.

DAYHIKERS: You are welcome to come out for Sunday's hike! Please reserve tickets through Eventbrite.

SECURING YOUR SPOT: reserve your ticket through Eventbrite at https://gwh-eisenhower-overnight.eventbrite.com/ The password is GWHTX. Reserve tickets for the nights you are staying. If you are only camping Friday night, reserve the Friday ticket. If you are only camping Saturday night, reserve the Saturday ticket. If you are camping both nights, you must reserve BOTH a Friday AND a Saturday ticket. This helps us keep track of the attendees. Tickets will be available at 8PM CST one month prior to the meetup (March 20). Campers will not need to reserve an additional ticket for the day hiking. Day hikers, please reserve a day hiking ticket for the Sunday hike!


COST: The cost for this meetup is $4 per person, per night. This will cover the campground fees, firewood, and communal s’mores. After you have reserved your ticket through Eventbrite, please Venmo (HesterLam), Paypal (hhlam11@yahoo.com), or Apple Pay (865-437-7828) Hester Lam.


ADDITIONAL COSTS: There is an excess vehicle fee charged by the park for additional vehicles at each site (not sure what the fee is as the website does not say. I will call and check prior to the event. If this is an issue, we can work this out). The first four vehicles will have free parking at the campsite; carpooling is strongly recommended (please split gas costs with the driver accordingly!). In addition, the park charges a $5 daily visitation fee. If you/ someone in your carpool have a Texas Parks & Wildlife State Park Pass, this is waived. Again, carpooling is highly encouraged – save the environment, save money.


CHECK IN: All campers MUST check in with the park headquarters when they arrive. The reservation is under Hester Lam. Let them know which night(s) you are staying.


FOOD: You are responsible for your own food. Please plan accordingly. Alcohol is strictly prohibited at all Texas State Parks. Please do not bring any or I will have to ask you to leave and we'll all be sad. 


INTINERARY:

Friday late afternoon- early evening: arrive and get set up for Friday night campers. Enjoy each other’s company, cook your dinner, and relax! Optional: night hike with your headlamps. I will not be leading this, but you are welcome to do a hike on your own!

Saturday: We will do a short hike at the Armadillo Hill Trail together (https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4503_0032p.pdf). It is a .81 mile out and back (so 1.62 mile round trip). We will all eat lunch at our own pace.
Afternoon free time options: 
-Kayakers/ paddle boarders may go rent a kayak/ SUP from Eisenhower Yacht Club (http://eisenhoweryachtclub.com/about/rentals/). Costs will vary and ARE NOT covered by the aforementioned costs. I have both a paddle board and a kayak and someone may borrow one of them (you are responsible for renting your own PFD). Follow whatever rules the park/ the Yacht Club has in place, please.
-Climbers: There is a decent amount of easier bouldering (V0-V4 and one random V10) at the park (https://www.mountainproject.com/route-finder?selectedIds=108032515&type=boulder&diffMinrock=1800&diffMinboulder=20000&diffMinaid=70000&diffMinice=30000&diffMinmixed=50000&diffMaxrock=5500&diffMaxboulder=21400&diffMaxaid=75260&diffMaxice=38500&diffMaxmixed=60000&is_trad_climb=1&is_sport_climb=1&is_top_rope=1&stars=0&pitches=0&sort1=area&sort2=rating). I am planning on bringing my crashpads and will probably do a little bit of climbing. I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO LIABILITY OVER THIS PORTION OF THE DAY. If you choose to climb, you are responsible for your own safety (proper shoes/ knowing how to fall AT THE MINIMUM). 
Hikers: There are some other shorter trails that you are welcome to explore on your own. Again, I am not responsible for this.
When we’re all tired, we’ll go back to the campsite and hang out/ eat dinner. 

Sunday (DAY HIKERS WELCOME): We will hike Ike’s Hike and Bike Trail (https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4503_0032p.pdf) beginning at 10 AM. For day hikers, please meet us at the trailhead at 10 AM SHARP (Reserve tickets through Eventbrite). It is 3.2 mile one way, 6.4 miles roundtrip. There is a rugged section, but we will have beautiful overviews and something called Lover’s Leap (how sinister). Please plan accordingly (bring trekking poles if you typically need them for more rugged trails, etc). We will have our campsite broken down and ready to go prior to the hike (not sure when check out officially is, but it’s generally around 2 PM. We will plan to be packed prior to the hike). 



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