Cranbrook Community Forest

The Cranbrook Community Forest (CCF) provides excellent opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding and wildlife watching. The system includes 16 marked trails surrounding several lakes. Several species of flora and fauna can be found.

The CCF is just east of Cranbrook. From forested knolls to small ponds surrounded by grassland, the area is accessible year-round.

Access South End; Mount Baker Road: Drive 2nd St. S. in Cranbrook 1 km beyond the Cranbrook Golf Course entrance. The 2nd St. will become Mount Baker Road. Park on the left (north) in a small parking lot where the gas line crosses the road. Hike or ride north to several small ponds. 

Access North End; Eager Hills is a grassland knoll that once was a fire lookout tower. The easy 1.5 km hike is one of Cranbrook's favourite quick walks any time of year. The wide trail to the lookout gains 125 m (410 ft.). The viewpoint has good road access, and the view is always a treat. Eager Hills features views of the Rockies, Mount Fisher and The Steeples Mountains.

Drive: 0 km: In Cranbrook, drive Cranbrook Street north and take the overpass turnoff to Highway 3/95 toward Fort Steele (left lane).

3.4 km: Look for a beige-yellow rock bluff on the north side of the highway. (This is the third turnoff left from the highway.) Turn left (north) at a small road at the base of the rock bluff and drive steeply uphill. It's suitable for any car (except in winter, park off the highway).

3.5 km: Park in a large clearing just uphill from the highway.

College of the Rockies Access;  The trails begin behind (east) of the college residence building. Trails head into the forest and lead to Sylvan Lake (a small shallow pond).

For detailed maps and up to date information on rides, check out  TrailForks

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