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Eager Hill Hiking Trail

Updated on July 20, 2019
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Looking over at Mount Fisher.

Eager Hill Hiking Trail, Cranbrook, B.C. Canada

The Eager Hill Fire Lookout was built on Eager Hill, Cranbrook, British Columbia Canada in 1948. At that time it was common practice throughout British Columbia to have manned lookout towers to aide in the detection of forest fires.

Sitting at an elevation of 1038 m. this lookout point was almost the perfect vantage site to survey the neighbouring hills and valleys surrounding it. It was also an excellent point from which to view the Steeples Mountain range.

Stretched out in all it's magnificent glory into the distance, the Steeples were a view that tourists would travel to see yet one that the fire fighters of that day were actually paid to view.

Leave a gentle footprint as you hike.

In 1965 the Eager Hill Fire Lookout was closed down but the hill remains open for hikers and any others who possessed a desire to clamber up its many hillside trails.

Avid hikers, novice and experienced alike will enjoy this hike up to the old Eager Hill Fire Lookout Point. These hiking trails offer both moderate and steeper climbs naturally designed to fit the skills of all levels of hiker. For a view too beautiful to miss Cranbrook's Eager Hill may be a trail that you will want to put on your future vacation travel list.

It's Easy To See How a Fire Would Be Spotted From This Vantage Point

Cranbrook is Nestled in the Rocky Mountain Trench

Located in southeastern British Columbia, Canada, Cranbrook is a community of approximately 19,000 citizens. Known as B.C.'s sunniest city Cranbrook proudly boasts having more hours of sunlight than any other city within British Columbia. It records a yearly average of 2228.6 hours of sunlight.

Nestled within the Rocky Mountain Trench this bustling community provides a breath taking view of the mountains that surround it. Cranbrook is a central point for a variety of scenic day adventures.

Surrounded by numerous parks, lakes, golf courses and hiking trails it is rich in history boasting a good selection of hotels, campsites and bed & breakfasts to stay at.

This is a Photo Journey of Our Hike up the Eager Hill Trail

I Think My Husband is Part Billy Goat.

Paul loves to hike and I like to take pictures so he and I combined our hobbies. He knows the spots to get the best pictures while I tag along with camera in hand to catch a few photos.

I am physically disabled and I am pretty sure that Paul is part billy goat so this means that he and I make for a fine pair of hikers. He dashes back and forth on the hike while I just plod steadily along. Must be the mountain goat in him but with his tall legs he can sure climb like one.

I am far from expert on any type of hike let alone one involving steep hills. If I need an arm or a push then he is there to give me one and if I fall then he is there to get me back up on my feet again. It sure is nice to have a good friend to get out and play with. Sometimes opposites make the best companions.

Steeples Mountain Range View on The Way Up

Cranbrook is Surrounded by a Number of Parks and Lakes

Naturalists can hike one of a number of local hiking trails which are an excellent day trip adventure. Local excursions include the Elizabeth Lake Bird Sanctuary, Kootenay Trout Hatchery, Community Forest, Tanglefoot Lake Hiking Trail, Lakit Lake, Tie Lake, Wapiti Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Eager Hill Lookout Trail, or walk a portion of the Trans Canada Trail which can be accessed from within the community's Idlewild Park.

Local beaches in the Cranbrook region include Jim Smith Lake, and nearby Tie Lake, Moyie Lake, and Wasa lake. These are all great lakes for fishing or participating in water sports. Other local lakes to include on your visit are Horseshoe Lake, Lakit Lake and Wapiti Lake.

Local parks in the Cranbrook region include Moyie Lake Provincial Park, Jim Smith Provincial Park, and Norbury Provincial Park.

Cranbrook's History is Quite Interesting

In nearby Fort Steele Heritage town where you can take a look back into Cranbrook's rich historical beginnings. A day trip to this heritage community will introduce you to Superintendent Sam Steel and Colonel James Baker two individuals who played very important roles in Cranbrook's early history.

Sam Steele days are still celebrated in Cranbrook each year during the third week of June in honour of the legendary Superintendent Sam Steele. During Sam Steele days you can find local residents dressed in attire from the late 1800's, pancake breakfasts, a Sweetheart festival, sporting events, a parade, dancing, and a number of other adventures in celebration of this local event.

Nearby Kimberley B.C. offers a glimpse into early mining days in the region. Visit Kimberley Heritage Museum which highlights Kimberley's early days as a rural mining community or tour the old mining tunnels which link the downtown to the old Sullivan Mine.

Another important historical site in the local area to visit is the Saint Eugine Golf Resort And Casino. Previously known as the Saint Eugine Mission Residential School for native children the old residence building has now been converted into a 4.5 star rated hotel. Featuring a rich taste of local history, beautiful local scenery, fine dining, a health club, golf course and casino this is a must visit spot in the local area.

Looking Down Over The Valley

Looking Over the Valley is Quite Enlightening

It really brings home to you how beautiful our wilderness areas are when you look at them from a picturesque view as that which this trail provides. The range of the wooded valley area is breath taking.

I stop to rest at about the midway point and Paul carries on up to the lookout. His fitness level far out does mine but I am content with the physical activity I have accomplished on this hike. I am however cursing myself for not bringing along a picnic lunch. This would have been the ideal spot to stop and enjoy one.

The Magnificent Steeples Mountain Range

Paul Gets a Reward for Pulling Me Up the Hill and Acting as My Crutch on the Way Down

There Can Be a Lot to See in a Small Town

As a vacation destination Cranbrook is one of the many small towns within British Columbia that offers up a delightful means of exploring Canada's unique history, countryside, and scenic adventures.

Each town has its own unique history and historical events to see. So get off the beaten track this year when you hunt out your summer vacation destination and choose to visit one of Canada's smaller communities. You just may be surprised by all they have to offer

Take Time to Play it's a Beautiful World Out There

© 2009 Lorelei Cohen

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    • Lady Lorelei profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: It really was a nice hike up the old Eager Hill fire lookout. I loved the scenery looking down.

    • Lady Lorelei profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      @DrBillSmithWriter: It's just a good thing that my husband is part billy goat or I could never hike a hill. He pulls me along lol.

    • Lady Lorelei profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      @Virginia Allain: The smoke from fires in Washington and beyond have been following the mountain range into our area for a few weeks now and it is killing my lungs. I keep trying to walk but wind up with a huge asthma attack after so I guess I am stuck pretty much indoors till the smoke dies down.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      What a beautiful area! I'm hoping to do more walks once I get past this plantar fascitis.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      7 years ago from Hollister, MO

      What fun! I'd love to do this one... perhaps, one day! ;-) Thanks for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      Yes, I have been on many hiking trails. Eager Hill look awesome!

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      CyberTech LM 

      7 years ago

      Yes in Michigan, Hoist Lake Trails on US23 north of Glennie, MI.

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      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      Lovely pics - and how lucky you are to have your Paul, too!

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      7 years ago

      Wish I was fit for hiking, requires lot of stamina, I really love hiking adventures.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      10 years ago from Lancaster PA




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