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Charon's Garden Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

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2.4 mile 3.9 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 283' 86 m
Descent: -165' -50 m
High: 1,765' 538 m
Low: 1,523' 464 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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

Matt Van Vliet

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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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
Nov 29, 2018
Lisa Izzolena
May 28, 2018
Cody thompson
Conditions were good. Slightly overgrown in areas but generally fine along path. 2.4mi
Feb 3, 2018
Jordan Marshall
A lot of fun. Not very difficult, and easy to stay on the trail. The caves are fun to explore, and there are some awesome views and picture spots. 2.4mi
Jul 30, 2017
Jeff Weber
5.3mi
Feb 18, 2017
Ian Glasgow
Feb 7, 2017
Cameron Harris
Nov 12, 2016
Katie Becker
Fantastic hike with the family into the Rock room portion of the Charon Gardens trail. 5.2mi

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Photos

The valley.
Jun 4, 2016 near Cache, OK
Panoramic from the trail.
Jun 4, 2016 near Cache, OK
Heading into the canyon.
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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