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    Cranbrook Mountain Trail

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    8.9 km
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    766 m
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    The Cranbrook Mountain Trail is an 8.9 km out-and-back hiking route near Cranbrook, BC, that will take you on a grind up the mountain for some views overlooking the Kootenay River Valley. Although the trail isn’t very technical or difficult, it does feature 766 m of elevation gain that is pretty near constant until you reach the summit. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks to stay fuelled up while out on this tough uphill climb.

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    Route Description for Cranbrook Mountain Trail

    The Cranbrook Mountain Trail is a fun hiking route that will take you through a nice variety of terrain, including thick forests, exposed trails and a beautiful viewpoint from the summit. The trail isn’t really technical, but you will constantly be working uphill, so make sure to wear proper hiking footwear and bring poles to help your knees on the descent.

    The trail sets out from the side of the forest service road and immediately heads into the tree cover. After a short distance, you will break out into an open meadow and cross over several roads before re-entering the forest on the other side. After making your way through the trees, you will once again come to an open meadow, keeping its green expanse on your left and the thick brush of the forest on your right.

    Continue climbing uphill as you work your way to the summit of Cranbrook Mountain. Once there, you can enjoy the amazing views that sweep across the Kootenay River Valley towards the east, where you will find the imposing wall of the Rocky Mountains. After taking in the sights, head back down the same route to return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Cranbrook Mountain Trail Trailhead

    To get to the parking area for the Cranbrook Mountain Trail from Cranbrook, head southeast on Gold Creek Road for 11.1 km, where you will make a right turn. Continue on for 2.8 km and turn right again. After another 3.1 km, you will find the trailhead on the left.

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      Older Children only

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      Out and back

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