Osage Hiking Club plans Prairie Song Village event

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Osage Hills Hiking Club is expanding the horizon for the next treks in its “Explore the Outdoors” series.

Continuing its year-long public hiking series, the club will sponsor “Prairie and Woods” hikes Saturday at Prairie Song Village — “Oklahoma’s Old West Town” located east of Dewey.

The upcoming event is being provided in cooperation with Kenneth and Marilyn Tate, the owners of Prairie Song Village. These will be the first hike the OHHC has offered away from its home base at Osage Hills State Park.

Registration is set to begin around 1:15 p.m. at Prairie Song’s Western Village, located about 1 ½ miles from the Prairie Song entrance off Durham Road. Hikes will start at 1:30 p.m. and should be finished by 4 p.m., a club spokesman said.

For this event, participating hikers will need to sign a “liability release/waiver” since the hikes will be on private land, said the spokesman.

Two different hikes are going to be offered, he added.

An intermediate-level hike will travel approximately 3 miles on a rough dirt road, through woods and across pasturelands. It should require about 1 1/2 hours.

The course for advanced hikers will link with the intermediate trail before moving to the open prairie for 4-5 miles. Estimated completion time is 2 1/2 hours.

Hike participants should wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots. They should also bring a hat, sunscreen, bug repellent, rain gear, snacks and plenty to drink.

More information is available at OsageHillsHiking@gmail.com.