Hickory Canyon

There could be nothing more spectacular than a winter hike at Hickory Canyon. The question is: Why aren’t you there?


a young woman takes a picture of icicles hanging on a steep cliff wall at Hickory Canyon
Kristen Kimmel takes a breathtaking snapshot at Hickory Canyon

From 55 at Ste. Genevieve, go west on Highway 32 to State Road C. Head north on C to Sprott Road where you’ll turn left. This is a gravel road, but easily passable with even the lowest sitting cars.  Some three miles down the road, you’ll come to a wide spot in the road where you can park.


young woman takes a picture of icicles hanging down

When you first arrive at Hickory Canyon, take just a short walk to the trailhead. There, you’ll be greeted with large wooden signs that map out the trail.


a young woman takes amzing photo of giant icicles hanging from moss covered banks of Hickory Canyon

The hike begins with trails diverging on each side of the road. The southern trail, which takes you into Box Canyon, is short and somewhat steep. Don’t miss this one! At only .7 of a mile, this walk won’t wear you out but instead should rejuvenate your soul. 


young woman leans in close with her camera to get a shot of the crystal looking reindeer moss encased in ice

Icicles can form during bright, sunny days in freezing weather. When ice or snow melted by sunlight refreezes and slowly drips, forming an icicle. Over some time, continued water runoff will cause the icicle to grow. Icicles can form wherever water seeps out of or drips off vertical surfaces such as cliffs - enter Hickory Canyon.


young woman snaps a picture of a frozen waterfall and creek at Hickory Canyon

Special thank you to our hiker “Kristen Kimmel.”


young woman smiles in awe at a frozen waterfall as the setting sun lights up her face

Written by B Hisserick | Pics by T Smugala