Park at the West Canyon parking lot. This hike is a Diamond in the Ruff that frequent hikers want to selfishly keep to themselves and I don't blame them. It's on the east side of the Blanchard and Edge Peaks. It’s mostly known for its snow caves.
Follow the West Canyon trail along past Menzies, past View Point Trail, across a bridge and keep walking along the wide log logging road for a good K. Just before second bridge take a faint unmarked trail on the left. A few feet in there’s pink flagging tape.
In the beginning Evans Creek will be on your right side. You will start to climb as the trail snakes through some hilly sections. Soon the creek will be far below as you climb the often narrow trail. There are some sections here that are steep.Right after those sections there’s a switchback that climbs up loose rocks to a funky sign. Try to decode the writings. Soon it’s flatter as you climb through the forest. Keep going and the forest will soon open up and the creek will be again rushing by you on your right side. You will cross small creeks as you walk along.You’ll cross a not so much fun log then go down to a rocky dry creek bed and back on the trail. Here there’s a few tall old beauties. shortly after you go down the trail. The creek is right next to you. It sounds real nice. Back up the trail and into the bush. Keep trudging along as you climb over roots, creeks and a small rock slide. Soon you pop to a large boulder field. There are a few little pools of water. It’s a perfect spot for lunch. There's some stunning views in every direction.
If you feel brave you can continue on up the boulders for another hour (depending on your cardio and when you go at spring) to see snow caves. Bring MICROspikes for the snow covered parts. The boulders are big and un-steady so footing must be done carefully. If you just make it before the boulder field, stay and listen to the creek, soaking in the moment. It's a beautiful hike. Going down there are a couple of steep sections. Carefully manoeuvre these spots. Once back on the main trail turn right for your long walk back to the West Canyon parking lot. Happy & safe trails.