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The Cranbrook Community Forest borders the north eastern side of the city of Cranbrook British Columbia, Canada. This recreational area provides an extensive trail system that encompasses 2000 hectares of crown land.
In the summer months the Community Forest is a great place for walking, hiking, trail running, mountain biking, wild life viewing and horseback riding.
The winter provides opportunities for winter hiking, wildlife viewing and cross country skiing/snow shoeing (if area has received enough snow).
The eastern side of the park contains grasslands and three interesting alkali lakes which mostly evaporate in the summer months forming a crust of alkaline salts across the lake bed. Above these lake is a network of trails that moves through a forest of fir, pine and larch trees. Following these trails you’ll find several view points of the Purcell and Steeple mountains. Hikers and Bikers taking the Big Tree Trail will get see one of the area’s largest and oldest standing pine trees, next to a view point overlooking the city of Cranbrook.
The Northern side of the park (across highway 95) provides several smaller trails with viewpoints suitable for short walks or bikes. You also find the Eager Hills Trail here, a short but steep trail to Eager Hills Lookout. The lookout gives you a panoramic view of the Steeple Mountains, Kootenay River, Mount Baker and Fort Steele. Definitely bring your camera for that one!
Eager Hills Lookout at Night