The topography of Charon's Gardens can be a complex maze with small outcrops which can obscure features that are relatively near. There are good to fair trails leading to the major destinations. These areas include Tiny Bubbles, Pear & Apple, Treasure Cove, Elk Slabs and Crab Eyes, but even then, once you are close there can be a bit of route finding to get to the base of the actual climbs.
Residing on the far southwestern end of the Refuge, there are two main parking lots for this large area and a few pull-outs in between. Drive west on 49 to the north, Sunset Pool Parking which provides access to most of the major climbing areas. Off of the Indiahoma Rd is the south parking lot at Treasure Lake. This is the best point to start in to areas such as Panther Canyon, West Horizon Pass and Mt Lincoln. It's also a good way in to Elk Slabs. This lot has had high incidences of break-ins from time to time so keep your valuables with you or hidden if you must leave them in the vehicle.
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Tied to the Whipping Post 5.13a OK : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : ... : Lost Dome
Climb moderate terrain to the first bolt and then move up through a series of crimps and a couple underclings with technical footwork (crux) to reach the second bolt. Move up to the alcove and rest, the final 35 feet of this climb is some of the best rock in the refuge. ...[more] Browse More Classics in OK