Hyalite Canyon offers many backcountry pursuits whether you are looking for a long haul into the east fork to climb ice, on a mission for Hyalite Peak, or looking for a dawn patrol before work. Lick Creek is a classic dawn patrol with an easy approach and mellow incline. On par with History Rock, Lick Creek has great views of the canyon and an enjoyable descent for a 5 mile round trip ski tour. To get to Lick Creek trailhead, head down South 19th, turn onto Hyalite Canyon road and at about 6 miles in, turn right into Lick Creek's parking lot.
Once geared up, cross the street and head through the woods up the closed forest service road and follow this road as it winds through meadows and thick trees. After about 2 miles take a left onto a small trail heading towards a large a steep meadow. Follow the switchbacks up the meadow until at the very top. From here, you may ski off the backside for steeper terrain or comeback the way you came, the most popular routine. Towards the bottom, skiers often link a x-country trail to exit onto the road.
Conditions had been fairly unstable over the last few weeks so we checked out the low angle terrain of Lick Creek. Avalanche insecurity is fairly low at Lick Creek but always be safe and understand all snow conditions.