By: Megan Bell

This past weekend the winter finally began to loosen its grip on Lawton and allow us to enjoy some beautiful spring weather. So Saturday morning I put on my hiking gear, grabbed a bottle of water, and practically ran to my car in excitement. When the weather is nice, the Wichita Mountains provide a great escape as well as numerous breathtaking views.

As I drove through the mountains to choose a trail, I realized I was not the only one craving the outdoors. I passed at least twenty cars parked on the side of the road and had to fight to find a spot to park.