Charit Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 15' 5 m
Descent: -430' -131 m
High: 1,518' 463 m
Low: 1,089' 332 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“An easy, wooded descent to Charit Creek.”— Michael Watson
Family Friendly The Charit Creek area trails are frequented by youth scouting groups and families. Visitors have options of short or long trips of varying degrees of difficulty.
From there your journey really begins! Descend into the valley past boulders and small rockhouses. The trail is wooded and well-shaded. There is a short ladder/stairs (~10') and a suspension bridge at the bottom. The trail itself is not challenging despite some exposed roots, but the trip back up is strenuous due to elevation change. The Charit Creek area is an intersection of dozens of miles of trails going all over the park, and it also houses the Charit Creek Lodge which is fantastic. It has several bunkhouses, each with a wood-burning stove for heat and 6 bunk beds.
The Lodge has a dining hall, food preparation for breakfast and dinner, bathrooms, and showers, and it serves as a great home base for exploring. From the Charit Creek area, Slave Falls and the Twin Arches are short few-mile outings.
Land Manager: NPS - Big South Fork Nat. River and Rec. Area Office