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Canyon Creek Out and Back

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4.5 mile 7.3 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 1,029' 314 m
Descent: -1,027' -313 m
High: 3,729' 1,137 m
Low: 2,709' 826 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)


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Hike along a scenic canyon rim with great views of the deep canyon, mountains, and countryside.

Joan Pendleton

Features River/Creek · Views


A great out-and-back hike with many outstanding viewpoints along the way.


The Canyon Creek Trail trailhead is at a small parking area at the end of Canyon Creek Road in Nicholson, BC, just south of Golden, BC on Hwy 95. From the parking area, facing west into the woods, one can hear Canyon Creek to the left and there is a wide path to it—this is NOT the trail. Facing straight ahead there is a wide dirt scar up a very steep hill—this is NOT the trail. Between these two wide paths, close to the wide scar going straight up, on its left is a narrow path—this IS the trail.

The trail starts by going up VERY steeply. But this is not as bad as it seems. The steep section is short and fixed ropes are there to assist in climbing it. After reaching the top of the steep section, the trail bends right and climbs gradually in the woods. Up here, the trail is on a canyon rim with Canyon Creek on the left (south), far below, at the canyon bottom, for the rest of this hike.

The first of many canyon overlook viewpoints, is reached almost immediately, at the 0.3 mile mark. From here on, the trail continues climbing gradually along the rim's edge, sometimes in the woods, and sometimes right at the edge with open views of the canyon, surrounding mountains, and countryside. A few side trails come in on the right—stay left to continue on Canyon Creek Trail. A small bridged creek, Tallis Creek, is passed at the 0.9 mile mark.

Eventually, at about the 1.8 mile mark, Canyon Creek Trail starts heading south, and after a few turns, it seems to be in the woods for good. But it pops out one last time for open canyon views at about the 2.2 mile mark, the turn around point for this out-and-back hike. Although the trail continues past this last viewpoint, it becomes narrow, with nothing much to see, and so hikers (and this trail description) stop here at this last overlook.

Flora & Fauna

Mixed fir forest. If you are lucky, you may see mountain goats.

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Sep 3, 2019
Joan Pendleton

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Canyon walls and mountains to the west, are seen from a Canyon Creek Trail lookout.
Sep 20, 2019 near Golden, BC
The deep canyon and mountains to the east, seen from Canyon Creek Trail.
Sep 20, 2019 near Golden, BC
Canyon Creek is at the bottom of a canyon in the mountains.
Sep 20, 2019 near Golden, BC
Canyon Creek near the start of Canyon Creek Trail, downstream of its run through the canyon.
Sep 20, 2019 near Golden, BC


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