5 Easy Short Hikes Around Cranbrook

August 19, 2022 |

If you’re wanting to experience Cranbrook’s mountainous terrain, but don’t have a whole day to spare you should check out one of these short hikes, all within a thirty-minute drive of town.

Whiskey Jack

If you’re looking for a bit of a more challenging hike that can still be under two hours Whiskey Jack is most certainly the place for you. While short, the very steep trail to the top of this lookout is certain to be a welcome challenge for everyone. The peak of this little mountain sports a covered bench, dog watering station, giant rock tower and a little platform where you can leave offerings to the local marmot. P.S. There is another, less steep, path to the top if you’re looking for a slightly easier climb.

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Windy Bluff

This beautiful lookout provides an amazing view of Cranbrook and the Purcell Mountains. Located in our beautiful community forest, this four-kilometre loop is perfect for the casual hiker. Make sure to stop by one of our information centres for a trail map so you can change up your route to best suit your needs.

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The Wycliffe Buttes

The Wycliffe Buttes are right at the halfway point between Cranbrook and Kimberley, so about 15 minutes from both. There are at least three ways up this rocky crag ranging from a gradual slope to what feels like a cliff side climb. At the top you’ll find one of the areas most iconic views; in one direction Columbia Valley sprawled out at the feet of the Rocky Mountains, in the other direction the St. Mary valley slowly disappearing into the Purcells. If you go at the right time (spring into early summer) you will probably spot, or hear, a couple of mountain and western bluebirds and maybe even some fledgling grouse.

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Eager Hill

One of the more popular hikes on this list, Eager Hill sports a fairly gentle grade with an absolute stunning view of the Steeples Mountains at the top. We recommend taking advantage of the picnic tables at the end of this trail and having an afternoon picnic. Please be aware that the entrance to this parking lot is directly off the highway and should be accessed with caution and care.

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 Perry Creek Falls

If you’re comfortable with driving on some dirt roads, then we highly recommend visiting Perry Creek falls. This short trail winds through a gorgeous cedar grove full of moss, ferns and mushrooms, seemingly taking you to a completely new world. Perry Creek Falls itself consists of several tiers of cliffs, with the last being visible from the bottom; truly an amazing sight to behold. Please be aware that the trail is obstructed by rocks in some areas and is occasionally swept away in small land slides.

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