Cooper Lake Trail
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Cooper Lake Trail

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Cooper Lake Trail

Cooper Lake Trail

Distance: 2.5mi
Elevation: 453ft
Time: 1-1.5h

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The Cooper Lake Trail is a 2.5mi out-and-back hiking route near Cranbrook, BC, that follows closely along an old logging flume from the 1920s to reach the heavily wooded shores of Cooper Lake. Along the trail, you will experience an amazing forest atmosphere as you make your way through the dense tree cover to the tranquil shores of the lake. This trail is great for those who love meandering through the forest, as well as anyone with an interest in the logging history of the area.

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Getting there

To get to the Cooper Lake Trail from Cranbrook, drive southwest on BC-95/BC-3 for 7.8mi and turn right onto Lumberton Road. After 4.5mi, keep left to stay on the same road for another 0.9mi. Make a left onto Moyie River Road and follow it for 5.9mi. Keep right to stay on the road for another 1.5mi, where you will make a left turn. In 1.1mi, keep right and continue for another 2.1mi to arrive at the parking area.

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Cooper Lake Trail Description

Hiking along the Cooper Lake Trail is a quick and easy experience that will expose you to some amazing forest and lake scenery, as well as some of the old logging practices that used to be followed in the area. The trail heads through the dense forest to the southwest, following a log flume that was used for transporting felled trees in the 1920s by using the power of flowing water. After winding your way through the beautifully atmospheric forest terrain, you will arrive at the heavily wooded shores of Cooper Lake. Take some time to appreciate the beautiful views and explore the area before heading back along the same route to return to the trailhead.



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