Top Hikes in Cranbrook

July 21, 2019 | Cranbrook Tourism

Hikers can enjoy diverse trekking through some seriously spectacular settings. Here is just a sample of places to explore near Cranbrook.


Parks & Leisure Trails

  • Elizabeth Lake in Cranbrook’s Confederation Park
    Stroll the easy paths while looking at the dozens of bird species. Walking trails meander along the shoreline of the wetlands. 
  • Cranbrook Community Forest
    A well-marked park crisscrossed with kilometres of hiking and biking trails that weave between forest, grassland, and three small lakes.
  • North Star Rails to Trails
    A converted rail path, paved 28 km trail from Cranbrook to Kimberley. 
  • Idlewild Park
    A city park with a lovely walking trail surrounding a small reservoir. 
  • Chief Isadore Trail
    A smooth & scenic gravel trail 43 km in length toward Wardner. 

For the Adventurer

  • Mause Creek
    One of Cranbrook’s most popular moderate hikes. Alpine tarns surrounded by wildflowers and larches.
  • Wycliffe Buttes
    Between Cranbrook and Kimberley and a short hike gets you to viewpoints of the Rockies and Purcell Mountains. 
  • Silver Spring Lakes
    Near the small town of Elko, (highway #3) is a scenic hike to three-deep lakes.
  • Premier Lake Provincial Park
    A diverse park featuring a large lake for fishing, boating & swimming. Surrounding the park is also a loop hike to three lakes.
  • Top of the World Provincial Park
    Well maintained vast wilderness areas and trails into the mountains. The core of the park is Fish Lake. 

Visiting solo & looking for company?
The East Kootenay Back Country Facebook Group is full of hiking enthusiasts and trail tips!

Looking for more? We have more:

→ Hiking
→ Parks
→ Biking

Know Before You Go!
For in-depth information about hikes in the area, a local guidebook is available for purchase. Janice Strong has been a long-time guidebook author to the area. Her book: Mountain Footsteps is available on her website & at local bookstores.

Get outfitted at Gerick Sports, Mountain Man Outdoors or High Country Sports, all located right in downtown Cranbrook.