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Charon's Garden Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (23)

Rock gardens with climbs and rolling meadows with several small dry and wet creek crossings.


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2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

Point to Point

1,765' 538 m

High

1,523' 464 m

Low

283' 86 m

Up

165' 50 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Cave · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Trailhead parking on both the south and north sides in Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. In the center canyon there is a large rock garden with climbs/boulder hopping. There are several rolling meadows with multiple small dry and wet creek crossings.

From south to north take the footpaths towards the canyon. Link up along the stream and parallel it to Charon's Garden, then have fun climbing through the small caves or jumping across the boulders. On the north side of Charon's Garden, you can continue along the trail to the parking lot.

There are a lot of side paths along the trail, which is unmarked, so keep your bearings as you hike and remember your route or use the Hiking Project mobile app to stay on track.

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Matt Van Vliet

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  4.6 from 23 votes

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Heading into the canyon.
Jun 4, 2016 near Cache, OK
Panoramic from the trail.
Jun 4, 2016 near Cache, OK
The valley.
Jun 4, 2016 near Cache, OK
The trail passes up the cut.
Jun 4, 2016 near Cache, OK
Top of the mountain at the end of the trail looking out over Charon's Garden Wilderness Area
May 18, 2017 near Cache, OK
Charon Gardens Wilderness Area.
Jun 4, 2016 near Cache, OK

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Oct 13, 2021
Benjamin Partridge
2.8mi — 1h 41m
Aug 1, 2021
Amanda Allen
Dec 25, 2020
Chad DuBois
Great scenery. As with most of the Wichita trails, it is super rocky and easy to lose the trail.
Nov 25, 2020
Jeremy Hayes
Jan 20, 2020
Brooklyn Bloomfield
Dec 24, 2019
joe bloggs
Oct 16, 2019
John Mozzetti
Mar 9, 2019
Hayden McAbee
Incredible hike. The rock formations are breath taking and the scenery is beautiful! Plenty of rock climbing and friendly natives. 3mi — 3h 00m