Explore the most popular hiking trails in Charons Garden Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This trail was long and easy to follow. I did have to whip out my All Trails app to see which trail to take once and I was amazed with how helpful it was! The trail is very rocky and really gets the heart pumping! I wouldn’t bring kids because of how difficult climbing can be after awhile. This trail exceeded my expectations, we plan to go back!

The trail was very well kept even if it was early in the season. Bit cold and windy when I went but it made the boulder hopping a lot more fun that way. Gorgeous views!

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22 days ago

Great moderate hike reasonably close to OKC. My 4 year old daughter conquered this climb today and had a blast. Fairly rocky terrain, so wear proper footwear.

great trail just beautiful

Started at Sunset TH. Nice trail, especially for the hike down the Valley of the Boulders (where you'll also find the 'Apple & Pear'). Before the Valley trail is very obvious. Arriving at the boulders search for the trail at the right hillside (don't start to scramble down the boulders). After the Valley the trail sometimes gets less well defined in certain spots. Follow main trail till parking lot at southern end of trail (various spur trails here). Crab Eyes was part of the trail, I made it just below the eye catching rock.

Short, but beautiful hike in the wilderness area of the refuge. There are no markers (unlike the Dog Run Hollow trail system) but the trail is easy to follow. At the top of the mountain various (gradually disappearing) trails lead to different lookout points.

1 month ago

Nice hike but not as interesting as Elk Mountain Trail, the trail through the Valley of the Boulders/Apple & Pear (both start at the same TH) or The Narrows Trail. Views are beautiful because trail crosses the plain before arriving at the two eyed rock formation.

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1 month ago

We did Elk Mountain twice, Crab Eyes, Kite Trail, and Bison Trail all while carrying 45 lb backpacks. Great conditioning for some of upcoming endurance races. In total our hiking time was 7 hours, we burned over 2700 calories and took 42k steps. The trails were great and the weather was perfect!

1 month ago

Great trail

I love this trail because of the view- not just from the top either! Well traveled, but still easy to get off on a side trail, so be careful. The rocks can be slick when damp... we average 1.5 hours (more with a toddler)...

This is one of my favorite trails- I love the boulder valley and the views when you get to the lakes. Definitely lacks a little in signage in several places. I always orient to the Apple and Pear rock formation just in case!

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1 month ago

more people than you would excpect but still nice, not super long but a good climb to bring along the dog or kids

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2 months ago

Awesome trail... I go up all the time...

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2 months ago

Great trail, very well marked for the most part. You can get off the trail slightly on the rock flats, but just use the map feature of the all trails app to get back on course. Amazing views at the top!

Beautiful hike, but signage was awful and nonexistent in some spots. We started from the southern trailhead, and the trail disappears almost immediately over the rocks. Find the easiest way down and you should be able to figure out where the trail picks up from there. The trail forks not long after that with no signage to indicate which way is which (there was a wooden post that may have been a sign at one point) - after some backtracking and head-scratching, we figured out the left fork is the main trail and the right joins back up to the main trail at some point, but is much more strenuous and hard to follow. At this point we came across a dead bison right alongside the trail that smelled like it had been there for a couple days at least. Not long after the main trail comes to another fork with no signs. Not sure where the left fork goes, but we went right and that ended up being the correct way. Very soon after that is another intersection that confused us for a long time. The rightmost trail goes to Post Oak Falls and the main trail continues along the creek, with another third trail branching off between the two that wasn't marked and we didn't explore but seemed to go up the ridge above the creek. The main trail seems to dead-end at a small trickling waterfall that may be confused as Post Oak Falls (we did at first), but you actually have to climb over the waterfall to continue the trail- I can see where this might confuse and turn away some hikers. The trail is a little hard to follow here but just continue along the creek until the trail becomes easier to see. There was another sign in this area that was broken and swinging around on one pole, so we had no idea which way it was supposed to be facing- you should be able to see Crab Eyes from here, just head in that direction into the boulder field. This was the funnest part of the hike, with a lot of small caves to explore. You have to scramble for a bit to continue along the trail, and try to remember where you exited as it's not clear on the way back. The trail after this was easy and well-marked all the way to the Sunset Trailhead.

Great trail and the boulder climbs were awesome. I recommend gloves if you're going to enjoy the boulders.

Enjoyed this climb up the mountain very much. Beautiful scenery the entire way, and at the top the views were spectacular in every direction. Next time I go, I will allow for more time at the top. There is so much to see, but I wanted to make it to the bottom before dark. Lost the path on the way down, but that was due to nothing less than just not paying attention. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for sure! Can’t wait to go back!

We got lost while on the top so we ended up coming down this trail on our way back and it was fantastic. Definitely would recommend this to anyone who wants a good workout.

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3 months ago

Great trail! Clearly marked in most places and well hiked with moderate traffic on a Saturday morning. Very doable for families, dogs, etc.

My favorite in the wildlife refuge! Great views!

Great hike, wasn’t hard to follow until we got to the rocks but if you keep going the trail is easy to pick up again, highly recommend this hike

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3 months ago

I’ve done this one several times, very moderate. Some awesome rock formations at the top that are fun to explore. There’s a cave up near the top as well, filled with just a little water...but definitely worth poking around in.

Wear pants. Prickly brush. Awesome trail. Light traffic. Off beaten path. Give yourself 3 hours to complete.

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4 months ago

Great hike for the family. My seven year old had no problem. Lots of fun!

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4 months ago

Great half-day hike! The terrain will work your ankles so make sure your boots are laced up. I would not recommend in Nike’s or other tennis shoes.

The top was beautiful and gave plenty of opportunity to explore and wander.

A lot of the reviews said it was tough finding the trail on the way back down. I did not have this issue at all and thought the trail was easily identifiable.

Great time investment and exercise.

Resting heart rate to start was 43 bpm, maxed at 131 bpm. Good days work.

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5 months ago

went there for a 2nd time has a blast didn't think we went far enough didn't cover the whole trail but still had some fun

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5 months ago

Came back with family and hike again. Excellent hike, all of wichita mountains worth the trip. Can spend days here.

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5 months ago

Steep climb but worth it. Great views, great rock formations, a lot to explore when you get to the top.

Returned and did the trail again. Excellent trail, can backpack by permit

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