A great out-and-back run 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 run.
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 runners (and this trail description) stop here at this last overlook.
Mixed fir forest. If you are lucky, you may see mountain goats.