Cranbrook to Baynes Lake, BC TCT Route Proposal


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This 2005 PPT/Photo Album outlines the rational that Trails BC used in rerouting the proposed TCT route between Cranbrook and Baynes Lake from the east side of the Kootenay River to the West Side.

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Cranbrook to Baynes Lake, BC TCT Route Proposal

  1. 1. Photo Study of a Proposed Revised Trans Canada Trail Route between Cranbrook and Baynes Lake REV 2.0 by Al Skucas Trails BC Director Rockies/East Kootenay Nov 14 2005
  2. 2. Cranbrook Wardner Kikomun Creek Park Baynes Lake
  3. 3. Cranbrook to Wardner- The Rail Trail Route- Part 1 Registered TCT only to 5.5 km point as City of Current TCT route to Cranbrook utility corridor Fort Steele KM Mileposts Indicated New Route would immediately use 6 km more of the rail grade Isadore Canyon Trail
  4. 4. Trailhead of the Isadore Canyon Rail Trail with interpretive display 0 km
  5. 5. This short section is the only TCT 3.5 km registered outside any community in the East Kootenays
  6. 6. Isadore Canyon Rail Grade -Cranbrook City owned for 5.5 km as utility corridor 4 km
  7. 7. Combined with a new Rails to Trail Route from Cranbrook to Kimberley would provide for a rail trail of 40 km of total length 4.5 km
  8. 8. Corridor currently actively used by recreational cyclists 5 km
  9. 9. 7.5 km Fort Steele Junction –Here the existing TCT route turns off the rail grade
  10. 10. Trail attributes are excellent along this stretch of the route 8.5 km
  11. 11. The current TCT route through Fort Steele and Jaffary would be 97 km from Cranbrook to Baynes Lake. 9.5 km
  12. 12. The new route proposal via Wardner would be 66 km and 30 km shorter. 10.5 km
  13. 13. Opportunities for cross country skiing along this section 11.5 km
  14. 14. At 13 km this section ends at Pritchard Road 13 km
  15. 15. Rail grade runs into private lands that have taken over the grade 7.5 km stretch of private lands would have to routed around 13 km
  16. 16. Highway 3 to be utilized as an interim road link until a potential bypass trail to be developed around the private property or across the highway on crown land Wide shoulders are adequate for safety considerations
  17. 17. Cranbrook to Wardner- The Rail Trail Route- Part 2 From 14 km to 21 km the rail grade has been taken over by private interests Between km 24 & 25 km rail grade utilized for Highway ROW
  18. 18. 7 km later the Eastern boundary of private property. From this point east the rail grade reappears on crown land 21 km
  19. 19. Access to this section of rail grade at Ferguson Road 21 km
  20. 20. 21.5 km Access to the rail grade at the Ha Ha Creek Paved Road intersection This isolated section of rail grade towards Wardner is getting grown over from lack of use
  21. 21. While other sections remain clear 23.5 km
  22. 22. Looking West 24 km
  23. 23. Recent Hwy upgrade took up 700 meters of the rail grade here. Short Bypass on crown land would be required Looking East 24 km
  24. 24. Short Bypass would actually add a scenic vista 24.3 km
  25. 25. 24.6 km Parts of this bypass would be within the trees
  26. 26. Railgrade reappears 700 meters after the new highway 3 Re-alignment 25 km
  27. 27. Near Wardner paralleling Highway 3 26 km
  28. 28. The last two kms. of the rail grade ROW before Wardner is undetermined if on or off private property 30 km
  29. 29. Wardner- 31 km from Cranbrook
  30. 30. Cranbrook to Wardner- The Rail Trail Route- Part 2 East Side Option From 14 km to 21 km the Requires 2 Hwy rail grade has been taken Crossings over by private interests West Side Option that routes around private property Interim Road Option HaHa Paved Road Bypass and Interim Options
  31. 31. West Side Bypass Option First 3.5 km would utilize Baker Mtn. Forest Road This option would climb 400 ft. to avoid the private property
  32. 32. Approx 2 km of new trail to be constructed to connect the logging resource roads together This bypass route option would be 13.5 km long
  33. 33. One of three creeks requiring small bridges to be constructed
  34. 34. For 4 km the HaHa Creek Forestry Road would be used
  35. 35. East Side Highway 3 Off Road Option For 1 km the route follows this lush creek draw down Mayook Creek
  36. 36. This option would be 9 km in length Culvert Crossing of Mayook Creek
  37. 37. After 3.5 km on crown land the route winds up on the east side of Highway 3 ROW The east side option would have considerable less development to make work as a trail route 16.5 km
  38. 38. On this side of the highway 3 the ROW measures 50 meters across. ATVers currently use a route along the fence line here 16.5 km
  39. 39. Parts of this ROW measure 100 meters in width and trees add some separation to the highway. This ROW as such could be used for 2.0 km. 17.5 km
  40. 40. Crossing of Hwy 3 back to the West side would be required here. For the last 1.5 km of this option, hwy shoulder could be utilized or trail built within the narrower ROW. 19 km
  41. 41. HaHa Creek Paved Road- Interim Road Option
  42. 42. During development of the last section of rail grade into Wardner, this rural road route would be a pleasant alternative for cyclists
  43. 43. A pretty rural scene to take a couple of photos of…
  44. 44. This road option would be 11 km long
  45. 45. Wardner to Baynes Lake Part 1 Wardner Kikomun Secondary Road Existing TCT Route on East side of Lake Koocanusa Rock Creek Forest Road would be used for 13 km West Side Route in Yellow with KM mileposts added
  46. 46. Wardner- Where the Kootenay River flows into Lake Koocanusa 1 km
  47. 47. Picnic Site- Potential to develop as a tenting site
  48. 48. Wardner Kikomun Secondary Road already marked as a road accommodating equestrian traffic 2 km
  49. 49. Rural and Idyllic Road 4 km
  50. 50. Easy grade to gain elevation of 150m over 6 km 6 km
  51. 51. Wardner Kikomun Road ends and Rock Creek Forestry Road begins 7 km
  52. 52. Reduces the amount of vehicular traffic
  53. 53. Start of Road, has natural trail attributes Rock Creek Road would be utilized for entire length of 13+ kms 8 km
  54. 54. Gentle/moderate grade down to Lake Koocanusa 9 km
  55. 55. For 4 km parallels Lake Koocanusa Potential wilderness camping sites along this scenic section 14 km
  56. 56. Eastern end of Rock Creek Forestry Road and junction with the Teepee Forestry Road 20 km
  57. 57. Wardner to Baynes Lake- Part 2 ELKO Current TCT Route to Baynes Lake New route with KM’s indicated BAYNES LAKE At this junction the trail routes merge and use the existing trail route to Elko and Fernie The route in blue is the Kikomun Park & Great Northern Railway Trail Option
  58. 58. Teepee Road- active and heavy haul logging road
  59. 59. An access to abandoned and old parallel road alongside the main Teepee Road 22 km
  60. 60. This abandoned road This old road allows the traveller to avoid using the Teepee Road for over 5km 24 km
  61. 61. Entering Lake Koocanusa Recreation Region 27 km
  62. 62. High Use Recreation Area
  63. 63. One Lane Bailey Bridge over Lake Koocanusa Problematic for Recreation Users 27.5 km
  64. 64. Approaches to Bridge Require Cautious Use by recreation travelers
  65. 65. New Two Lane Bridge to be completed Dec 05. The bridge will have a 1 meter shoulder width on both sides to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians.
  66. 66. Main Access into Kikomun Provincial Park 31 km
  67. 67. 32 km
  68. 68. Kikomun Creek Park One of the Kootenays most popular Provincial Parks
  69. 69. The Kikomun Park & Great Northern Rail Trail Option To make this option workable a new connector trail would have to be constructed from the east side of the Lake Koocanusa bridge into the park for 500 meters 28.5 km
  70. 70. The Great Northern Rail Trail This rail line hauled coal from the Elk Valley mines to the USA, was abandoned in 1932
  71. 71. Set up as an historic interpretive rail trail by the Park Service in 1980
  72. 72. Winds through Kikomun Park for 3 km
  73. 73. Opportunity to integrate historic and interpretive rail grade into the Trans Canada Trail
  74. 74. Maintained trail through rock cut section
  75. 75. Rail Grade at the eastern boundary of Kikomun Park
  76. 76. Available Rail Grade continues for a further 1 km east of Park
  77. 77. Rail Grade skirts alongside Baynes Lake past interpretive display on a nesting site of Painted Turtles
  78. 78. Approaching community of Baynes Lake on GN Rail Grade
  79. 79. Baynes Lake Junction 35 km Where the east and west side routes converge to continue eastbound to Elko and Fernie
  80. 80. The End Moving forward in Renewing and Improving the Trans Canada Trail Route Options in the Rockies/East Kootenays