Heughs Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,071' 326 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 6,159' 1,877 m
Low: 5,089' 1,551 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“A steep, creekside trail at the base of Mount Olympus, through rugged rock formations and leading to a waterfall.”— Tomsen Reed
After a little over 0.5 miles, the trail meets up with the BST: Tolcats Canyon to Heughs Canyon , which heads back to the east. To continue on the Heughs Canyon Trail, continue to the northwest (keep going straight). A little bit past the junction with the BST, there is a little spur trail to the left that leads to the mouth of an abandoned mine shaft, which is an interesting and quick side trip.
Continuing past this area, the trail passes through some forest and meadow areas, then at a little under 1 mile from the beginning of the trail, there is a small foot bridge that crosses over the creek. After this crossing, the trail becomes increasingly steep as it leads up to the boulder field where you can get a view of the Heughs Canyon waterfall. From the bottom of the boulderfield, you can also cross around to get to the bottom of the waterfall, with some easy scrambling and rock hopping.
If you choose to stay on the trail instead of go to the waterfall, the trail continues through the boulder field and onto the other side, and then soon fades, and branches into several unmaintained trails leading to rock climbing destinations in the area. The main destination of this trail, currently, is the waterfall.
During the winter, this trail can be especially cool as there are several sections where large icicles form from water seeping out of rock faces and freezing. The frozen waterfall can also be an especially cool destination in the winter, and this trail often gets packed down by traffic pretty quickly.