Hiking Grotto Canyon

Grotto Canyon is an awesome hike for all ages and abilities! It is 7.1km long with only 390m of elevation gain. There are two options for this hike, you can take the high trail that is above the creek or you can walk through the creek. Most of the time the water is either frozen or not very high so you won’t actually be walking through water. 

As always, make sure you dress appropriately and be ready for anything the outdoors can throw at you. Weather can be unpredictable and change at any minute. Respect the wildlife by staying at appropriate distances and stay on the trails in order to preserve the forest! For more information on each hike you can check them out on AllTrails.

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If you decide to walk through the canyon (and I definitely recommend this route) you will get to see the erosion from the creek up close. Look at the walls of the rocks and you an see where the water used to flow! Erosion like that takes hundreds of thousands of years to create. The depth of the canyon is massive! Once you reach about the end of the canyon there is a frozen waterfall (if your there in winter). I have never been here when its not frozen, so I’m not sure what it looks like without ice but I am sure it is beautiful! 

Just passed the waterfall the trail is marked “unmaintained”. This deters a lot of hikers so the cave is rarely busy. Follow the canyon around the corner to find the cave just up the mountain a bit!

Even on hot sunny days, the temperature in the canyon can be quite chilly. You definitely want to make sure you bring a windproof jacket with you to keep you warm! If you are planning on visiting in winter, then you especially want to to make sure you dress really warm! There is not much sun within the canyon and wind can be bone chilling.

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