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Lakit Lookout

Lakit Lookout (Cranbrook)

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  • Rec Site #:REC2366
  • Type:Maintained
  • Fees:None
  • Campsites:0
  • Access:Road
  • Facilities:Toilets
  • Site Description:This short, but steep hike along a well defined trail, past colourful wildflower displays, is a good family hike to the lookout on Mt. Lakit at 2354 m. Carry water, as this is a dry trail. The panoramic view from the lookout includes the Kootenay River winding its way down the Rocky Mountain Trench; the communities of Ft. Steele, Cranbrook and Wasa; and a grand sweep of the Rocky Mountains. The original lookout, established in 1955, was called Wild Horse Lookout. In 1976, after almost a decade of not being used for fires, it was removed. The following year, a new structure, just like the original lookout, was built on the site to accommodate hikers and back country skiers seeking shelter. Experienced route finders can continue north along the ridge to the summit of Mt. Lakit, at 2530 m. The summit is 1 km beyond the lookout, with an elevation gain of 175 m. The route crosses some rough terrain that requires boulder hopping and rock scrambling.

  • Driving Directions:Main Access: Commencing at Fort Steele Historic Park, proceed north on Hwy 93/95 for 300 metres. Turn right onto the Wardner � Ft. Steele Road. At 0.5 km turn left onto the Wildhorse Road. Follow the main Wildhorse Road to the 7 km sign. Turn left, go about 200 m, then take the right fork, onto the Lakit Lookout Road. Reset your odometer at �0�. At 3.5 km on the Lakit Lookout Road, stay left, passing the Victoria Creek Road. Continue for another 4.5 km to the parking area at the trailhead sign. A high clearance vehicle is recommended for this rough, narrow and precipitous road. Caution is needed at all times.

  • Fire Bans and Restrictions:Link

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