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EAGLE PASS NATURAL PARK

On Crazy Creek Resort lands (165-acres) there are several easy hikes. A short easy walk starts on Taft Road, to the west of the accommodation. Follow the gravel road over the railway tracks. You will find the old (paved!) highway that follows the Eagle River for 2kms. This is an excellent area for kids to bike. It is even wheelchair/scooter friendly. For something more challenging, nearby hiking trails offer something for every mode of transportation and skill levels.

CRAZY CREEK WATERFALLS SUSPENSION BRIDGE

Take the pedestrian overpass from the Crazy Creek Pools (or your accommodation) to soaring waterfalls, unique deep water-polished rock funnels, wildflowers, ferns, mosses. Head towards the Hot Pool Facility, then take the pedestrian overpass to the boardwalk entry. There is an admission charge (under $10) to use the new trails, boardwalks and stairways and viewing platforms. The hike is about 5 minutes and you will find many amenities at the High Mountain Patio: washrooms, ice cream parlour, and a 73 m suspension bridge 26 m above the falls offering excellent views. NOTE: Those who are unable to do stairs can call 250-836-4097, and will be allowed to drive to the High Mountain Patio and Waterfall area.

… SO MANY TRAILS

GORGE CREEK LOOP TRAIL

Fabulous shady 2 km trails with waterfalls, old growth trees, ferns, berries. Return loop approx.45 min. DIRECTIONS: Go west from Crazy Creek on Hwy 1 a few kilometres. Park in the Craigellachie “Last Spike” parking area. The trailhead is on the north side of the highway. CAUTION: The Hwy 1 crossing can be dangerous when traffic is heavy. The upper trail bridge may be in poor repair ­ take care when crossing.

KAY FALLS

A short (10 minute) hike to plummeting waterfalls. DIRECTIONS: A few km east on Hwy 1. Park on the south/eastbound lane side of the highway immediately after the bridge. The falls are visible from the highway and there is a rough trail to the right of the falls leading up to a viewpoint at their base.

EAGLE PASS MOUNTAIN

A rigorous steep climb to a spectacular snowy peak visible to the north of Hwy 1.This trail leads to pristine alpine country, providing fantastic views and ending at a historic Forest Lookout Site built at the turn of the century. Steep cliffs. DIRECTIONS: Go west from Crazy Creek. Before the Perry River Bridge, turn left/north onto Crazy Creek Forest Service Rd. Follow the road for 4.5 km to a major fork, stay left and above the creek. Follow the road for approx.4.3 km until it branches again, then take the left fork and drive as far as possible (5 km to the trailhead). 4wd is recommended at this point as the road is rough and overgrown. A second
rigorous 1 hr return trail to Twin Lakes branches left at the bridge just above the treeline. CAUTION: Be well prepared, as this is remote backcountry with grizzly habitat.

EAGLE RIVER NATURE PARK

Approx.6 km of attractive trails in a tranquil nature park, ideal for a family outing. Forest, including old growth cedars, interpretive signs, birds, picnic areas. DIRECTIONS: Go west from Crazy Creek towards Sicamous on Hwy 1 until near the west end of the 4-lane section. Turn right/north on Clifford Rd after the hiking sign on the highway (just past the KOA). Turn left on the access road and drive for 300 m parallel to the highway before turning right into an old gravel pit. The parking area is near the entrance sign and trail map.

MALAKWA SUSPENSION BRIDGE

This unique and historic swinging foot bridge spans the Eagle River. Originally built in 1915 by local farmers to connect their farms to the community and school on the other side. Rebuilt by the Dept. of Highways in 1940. DIRECTIONS: Go west from Crazy Creek on Hwy 1 about 15 kms. on Hwy 1 and turn left/north onto Malakwa Rd just past the Malakwa Cafe. Follow this road for a1.5 km until it meets the railroad tracks. Turn left on Summerville Husted Rd and cross the tracks. Continue straight ahead on the Malakwa Suspension Bridge Rd for 100 m to the end where there is a sign and a small parking area.

CARIBOU LAKE TRAIL

This short 1.2 km trail leads to a pristine sub-alpine mountain lake with good fishing and a user maintained Recreation Site. DIRECTIONS: Go west from Crazy Creek to Malakwa Loop Road. Turn south and then immediately right onto Oxbow Frontage Rd. Take first left onto Yard Creek Loop Rd and go 2.5 km to the end where the Yard Creek Forest Service Rd begins. Take this road for 10.6 km to a junction. Take the left turn and stay on the main road for another 14.4 km. CAUTION: The Yard Creek Forest Service Rd can be very rough in places and subject to washouts and slides.

CUMMINS LAKE

This short 1 km trail leads to a remote sub alpine lake with fishing and a user maintained Recreation Site. DIRECTIONS: Go west from Crazy Creek to Malakwa Loop Road. Turn south and then immediately right onto Oxbow Frontage Rd. Take first left onto Yard Creek Loop Rd and go 2.5 km to the end where the Yard Creek Forest Service Rd begins. Take this road for 10.6 km to a junction. Stay to the right and continue for another 5.8 km to the trailhead sign. CAUTION: Do not attempt to drive to the lake after the sign as the final 1 km has severe ruts.

MARA MOUNTAIN (OWLHEAD) LOOKOUT

A full day hike in alpine/subalpine terrain. This 8.2 km trail leads to a Forest Lookout Tower and features rugged mountain bluffs, alpine meadows, spectacular views of Mabel and Shuswap Lakes as well as the Monashee Mountains. Additional hiking and exploring is possible in the Mara Meadows. DIRECTIONS: Go west from Crazy Creek on Hwy 1, turn right onto McLean-McPherson Rd, and go to its end where the Owlhead Forest Service Rd. starts. Drive to just before the 17 km marker where a sign (not highly visible) on the right/south side indicates the trailhead. The Snowmobile Club¹s chalet is approx.1.5 hr from the trailhead. An alternate road is at the 15 km marker at the old Forestry Station. It provides access to a shorter hike, though by passes the chalet. CAUTION: There has been very active logging use of the road and so a sign at km 0 may indicate a temporary road closure. 2-way radio use is recommended. Contact the Ministry of Forests for road updates. Be well prepared, as this is remote backcountry.

QUEEST MOUNTAIN

Superb views, alpine meadows, avalanche slopes, wildflowers. Full day or overnight stay. DIRECTIONS: Go west from Crazy Creek. Turn left/north onto Malakwa Rd just past the Malakwa Cafe. Follow this road for approx.1.5 km until it meets the railroad tracks.Turn left on Summerville Husted Rd, crossing the tracks and curving right, then left across the Eagle River bridge. Continue straight onto the deactivated Queest Mountain Forest Service Rd directly ahead (Mizon Rd is on the right.) Driving a 4wd vehicle with good clearance,follow the road to the right,staying on the main road for 10.5 km straight through the next two junctions.Begin hiking on the road ahead and at the next fork take the right hand road up.At the ridge saddle, follow the track left toward the communication towers and to the Queest Recreation Site. CAUTION: Be well prepared, as this is remote backcountry with grizzly habitat.

YARD CREEK PARK

Popular day-use area and campground, with trails along Yard Creek in either direction through cedar and hemlock forest. DIRECTIONS: 15 km west of Crazy Creek Resort on Hwy 1.

At the east entrance of Eagle Pass Natural Park, Three Valley Gap is a main attraction with its lakeside historic western/ghost town, used by the film industry. The scenery is spectacular and there is a multitude of year round activities to be experienced. The Enchanted Forest and Skytrek Adventure Park are only 10 kms east of Crazy Creek Resort.

33 kms west is Sicamous, known as the ³Houseboat Capital of Canada². Ideally located on the shores of both Shuswap Lake and Mara Lake, Sicamous provides easy access downtown amenities plus exciting water sports, boating routes, fishing, and lake cruises. The area offers two challenging golf courses and a multitude of attractions. Situated in the sub ranges of the Monashee Mountains, the entire region offers limitless adventures for hikers and ATV rides, cyclists, skiers, and snowmobilers. “Back to nature” is what you will experience on the many trails leading to cascading waterfalls, picturesque farmland, sub-alpine lakes, nature parks, and rugged mountain bluffs. Eagle Valley Natural Park is a family destination with great adventure in all four seasons. The accommodation, RV sites and Hot Pools of Crazy Creek are ideal to explore all this area has to offer.

38kms WEST is Revelstoke, another awesome outdoor adventure capital. Summer alpine exploration is popular, and winter months Revelstoke Mountain Resort attracts serious snow hounds. This is some of the best power in the world. See Revelstoke.com for four season adventure tours.