Trans Canada Trail (The Great Trail) along the Chief Isadore Trail: Cranbrook to Wardner (43.5 km)

Map Legend & Disclaimer

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Trans Canada Trail Legend:

Trans Canada Trail Pavilion
Multi-Use Route (Cycling & Walking)
Hiking Only Route (No Cycling)
Equestrian Route (May Allow Cyclists/Walkers)
Paddling/Water Route
Temporary Bypass or Unofficial TCT Route
Trans Canada Trail Closed
Obstacle or Warning (click it for details)

Alternate Route Legend:

Alternate Route for Cyclists & Walkers
Alternate Route for Hiking
Alternate Route for Equestrians
Connection Point to the Trans Canada Trail

Google Maps Legend:

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Disclaimer: This trail information is subject to changes. While reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information on this site is correct, Trails BC makes no warranty about the accuracy of this information and accepts no liability for any inconvenience or any direct or consequential loss arising from reliance upon this information. Be sure to check our Latest Trail Closures before heading out and read our full disclaimer!.

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GPS Downloads

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  • GPX files can be opened by most GPS software apps when KMZ cannot. Note, GPX files do not contain custom colours and icons that we use on our maps; all tracks and icons will appear the same colour and styles. We recommend using KMZ instead of GPX if possible.

The files below include data for only this specific area. For all of our Trans Canada Trail data for the entire province (including features, campsites and alternate routes), download our BC.kmz master file (1.2 MB)

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About the Route: 

The Chief Isadore Trail from Cranbrook to Wardner has a packed gravel surface, which is half on old Rail Grade and half new trail. A 17-km “Mayook Trail” section is a new trail with enhanced single track, 1.3 metre width, with a sustained 5% grades with some short sections up to a 10% grade.

Do a loop adventure! Rampart Rest Area Loop, 6.5 km: The Rampart Loop is a family cycling or hiking loop. It begins (and ends) at the Rampart Rest Area on Highway #3. On a bike, ride the trail in a clockwise direction starting from the restroom because it is an even climb. After 2.1 km - turn right (west) onto the rail grade trail (this is an intersection with a new road). Hike or bike the rail grade west for 2.7 km. Turn right at a kiosk sign and head back to the rest area by the pond.

Mountain Bikers - try the Mayook Trail! With 17 km of trail, Mountain bikers (intermediate level) will love the fun ride along lower flanks of Mount Baker on a 1.3-metre-wide gravel trail. Elevation gain is 200 metres on well-made switchbacks and gradual grades. Begin from either the Ha-Ha Creek Road or the Pritchard Road Trailheads

Looking for a scenic 21 km loop that includes rural paved roads? Try the Ha-Ha Creek Road Loop Ride, with a stop in Wardner! Start from the trailhead at Ha-Ha Creek Road (the junction between the Mayook Trail and the Wardner Trail sections) and ride the rural paved Ha-Ha Creek Road around to Wardner, then complete the loop by riding back along the old rail grade of the Chief Isadore Trail.

The Chief Isadore Trail is a public recreation trail within active forest, range, and grassland. You may encounter livestock (May to October) and /or wildlife year round. Please do not approach livestock or wildlife. Logging may also take place near the trail. Deer and elk hunting season begins in September and throughout autumn

  • Chief Isadore Trail
  • 2014 trail construction work on the Ramparts Connector Trail
  • Resurfaced section near Pritchard Road
  • Recently completed Ramparts Connector Trail
  • Great views near Steamboat Hill

Trail Highlights and Developments: 

  • Cranbrook's Community Forest, located just off the Isadore Canyon trail, is a great place for novice mountain biking
  • Wardner Provincial Park (day-use park on the river bank within Wardner)

Chief Isadore Trail from Carla Sinclair on Vimeo.

Trail Operator: 

  • Within Cranbrook city limits, the trail is operated by the municipality
  • The Chief Isadore Trail sections are located on Ministry of Forest lands and are overseen by Recreation Sites and Trails BC, excluding portions of the route on roadways (that are not forestry roads)

Trail Stewards and Volunteers: 

Trails BC is the steward of the Chief Isadore Trail. You can report all issues, such as damage, vandalism or problems to us (see the form at the bottom of this page).

Parking & Staging Areas

When accessing the Chief Isadore Trail from the Cranbrook side, parking is available at the trailhead, located near the junction of Highway 3 and Highway 95.

Some trail users also park further down the trail at the Rampart highway rest area. Other parking areas along the trail include Pritchard Road trailhead and Ha Ha Creek Road trailhead.

Parking is easy to find in Wardner, but some options include Wardner Provincial Park (on the waterfront) or at the Community Park (baseball diamonds, campsite, etc)

Public Washrooms

Toilets are located at:

  • Rampart Rest area
  • Pritchard Road trailhead
  • Just NW of the Mayook section's highest point (roughly halfway between Pritchard Road and Ha Ha Creek Road)
  • Ha Ha Creek Road trailhead

Accommodations

Camping is available in Cranbrook and Wardner.

Shopping & Provisions

Provisions are best purchased in Cranbrook. Trail users travelling toward Wardner will not find much along the trail until Fernie (~2 days cycling distance)

Printable Maps & Directions (PDF)

Report a Trail Closure

ONLY USE THIS FORM TO REPORT CLOSURES ON THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL / THE GREAT TRAIL.

Trail maintenance issues are the responsibility of the Trail Steward, which is either the trail owner or a group given authorization to perform maintenance work. Trails BC is a trail steward for a very limited number of trail segments on the Trans Canada Trail; unfortunately, if a major trail issue occurs along the Trans Canada Trail, there is often very little we can do about it - but we can try to pass on the information to the trail steward, if one exists.

Information such as a precise location (GPS waypoint), photo, as well as your contact information is extremely helpful to ensure the problem is accurately reported.

AGAIN, DO NOT USE THIS FORM TO SUBMIT NOTICES ABOUT TRAILS THAT ARE NOT PART OF THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL. We will simply delete the submission and it will not be posted or passed on to anyone. If you need to report a closure on such a trail, please determine the trail owner or operator and send a notice to them.

Would it be unwise to continue through the closure or blockage? You may add more detail in your report.
Please enter your trail closure report. Include a GPS location or a detailed description of its precise location.
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If the blockage/closure can be bypassed, please include your recommended route to do so!