Hike the East-West Canyon Loop

Canada W Canyon Trailhead

Added by Niki Pike

The East - West Canyon is now a loop, with a new bridge that was installed in 2015. There is some gain but it's spread out over a long stretch and they offer beautiful views and several viewpoints

Park your car in the Gold Creek Parking lot ( at the end of the dirt road), and look for a yellow gate at the far end of the parking lot. This will be the East Canyon trail. The first part of the trail winds through the forest and you emerge on an old logging road. Follow this road along with the river on your left-hand side. There is the option to stop at the upper falls if you want ( info in my other post to see the Upper Falls). About 5kms into the hike you will reach the new bridge on your left-hand side. Stop in the middle to enjoy the stunning views of Gold Creek River and the snow-capped mountains around you.

Once you cross the bridge, the West Canyon trail begins. This is a more rugged trail that is all forest. The initial bit after the bridge is easy, with a steep section coming up. The trail is well marked as it makes its way through the forest and over several waterfalls. Make sure to stop at the vantage points and view Gold Creek from the lookout.

One of the bridges has been washed out about 9kms into the hike so be careful crossing that section. The trail continues until you finally reach the West Canyon parking lot. Take the time to use the outhouse if you want.

Make your way down the driveway and turn left and follow the dirt road back to the parking lot you parked in.( about 1ish km).

This loop can be done year round but it's considered backcountry and there is NO CELL RECEPTION, so always make sure you dress appropriately and tell someone where you are going as the weather can and will change fast.

Pack List

I did this hike in the winter, with snow on the ground. Temp was about 1c.

  • Thermoball jacket
  • two under layers for shirts
  • fleece tights
  • gloves
  • beanie
  • waterproof hiking books
  • Microspikes
  • Gaiters
  • Day pack (flint, knife, emerg blanket, flashlight, first aid kit)
  • Snacks/Lunch
  • Water
  • camera
  • tripod

Although I didn't bring any, snowshoes would have be a major advantage in several sections, so if you have them, bring them.

Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

8.1 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1640.4 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

10 months ago

View from the new bridge is beautiful

the hike is average, an hour each way and very easy with little to no hills *if you start at the east canyon trail and only go to the bridge and back**. The view from the bridge is beautiful though!

10 months ago

Added by Niki Pike

I am a web designer, photographer, blogger. When I am not hiding in the house behind my desk I am out exploring the world.
 My goal this year was to get out and explore more... so far so good.

More Adventures Nearby

Snowshoe Chester Lake

Canada / Chester Lake Trailhead

Elevation gain: 300m/984ftEstimated time: 3-6hours Starting at the trailhead parking lot off of the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Lakes Road this snowshoe is easy to follow on the clearly marked trail.

Alex Patchett
0 Saves

Snowshoe to Johnson Lake

Canada / Johnson Lake Parking

This is a well-traveled hike, so if you stay on the path, you'll likely need only a good pair of boots.

Kenton Steryous
1 Saves

Snowshoe Mount Tyrwhitt

Canada / Mount Tyrwhitt Parking

Describing snowshoeing trails is always a bit difficult, but luckily the way up Mount Tyrwhitt gets used heavily by people going to Pocaterra Cirque - first thing to remember is to take the first for.

James Hueser
8 Saves