Charcoal Creek Ridge


Distance: 4 km
Elevation Gain: 514 m (1686 ft)
Time: 3.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Region: Tombstone
Date Added: July 8, 2010
Last Update: July 8, 2010




The ridge beside Charcoal Creek is one of the closest hikes to the Tombstone campground - it is right across the road. The top of the ridge is bare, and you can walk all the way to Mt. Chester Henderson (and even hike it too!) as a day hike.


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Driving Directions

The trailhead is directly across from the Tombstone campground on the right side of Charcoal Creek across the highway.




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Trail Description

Follow the right side of Charcoal Creek for about four or five hundred meters until the trail starts to become grown-over and you can see a small, worn trail on your right. Follow the trail, sticking as far to the left of the face of the ridge as you can. The left face of the ridge is bare and makes walking through the brush easier than straight up the face.

Follow along the left side of the ridge until you get on top of the ridge. The top of the ridge is completely bare, and you can follow it to a nice lookout spot on top which overlooks the otherside of the ridge towards the east.

From the lookout spot, you can turnaround and follow the same path back, or decend the other ridge to the north which is forked, but still on the close side of Charcoal Ridge. The other option is to continue along the ridge towards Mt. Chester Henderson.

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Alex Campbell
May 25, 2014

Hiked this trail on May 24...and I'm glad I did! After an initial bushwhack for a few hundred meters it was smooth going. Once up on top of the ridge there was a few large sections of snow, but they could all be traversed easily or avoided altogether. Beautiful, 360 degree views, and the ridge was incredibly easy to maintain. Highly recommend this trail if you're looking for great views in a hurry. In theory you could travel east on the massive ridge for hours.