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Canyon Creek Trail

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One way

3.0 miles

4.9 km

Difficulty

Difficult

Elevation gain

1,159 ft

353 m

Highest point

3,875 ft

1,181 m

Avg grade

7% (4°)

Elevation loss

-4 ft

-1 m

Max grade

26% (14°)

Elevation loss

-4 ft

-1 m

Avg grade

7% (4°)

Lowest point

2,720 ft

829 m


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Shared by Joan Pendleton

Features

Dogs - Leashed  ·  River/Creek  ·  Views

Hikes that include this trail

Canyon Creek Out and Back

Overview

The east end of Canyon Creek Trail starts 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...
The east end of Canyon Creek Trail starts 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, and then goes back into the woods permanently.

Continuing on from this last viewpoint, the trail does keep going for another 0.8 miles to where it then ends at a dirt road. But this last stretch is narrow, with nothing much to see. The park map notes that the trail gets progressively more challenging and you may encounter mountain bikers after the last viewpoint. Being narrow and more challenging, for safety reasons, please leave this last stretch for the mountain bikers who diligently maintain this trail system.

Flora & Fauna

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

Contacts

Local Club: Golden Cycling Club

Land Manager: British Columbia Ministry of Forests

Shared by Joan Pendleton

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