Can I convert my Dual Sport into a Mountain Bike?

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      Hi everyone! Newbie here… I have tried to do my due diligence and research this for myself but some things still confuse me, so any responses will be greatly appreciated!

      I have been wanting to purchase my first hardtail mountain bike recently, and a family member ended up giving me a 2015 8.3 Trek DS for free due to not being able to ride anymore. I absolutely love the look and color of the bike, and was hoping I could just convert this into something more suitable for trail riding.

      My question is: can I convert this into more of a mountain bike by upgrading the tires and fork? Are their any other necessary upgrades I would need to make to turn this into a reasonable beginner MB?I don’t know if this matters, but I am a petite female around 5’3”. I am wanting to do mostly single tracks, be able to climb and go downhill, and will deal with some rocky terrain every now and then and the occasional small jump. Thank you for the help!

      Current Specifications:

      FrameAlpha Gold Aluminum, DuoTrap S compatible, rack & fender mounts
      ForkSR Suntour NEX, coil spring, preload, hydraulic lockout, 63mm travel

      WheelsFormula alloy hubs, Bontrager AT-750 alloy rims
      Front hubFormula DC20 alloy
      Rear hubFormula DC22 alloy
      RimsBontrager AT-750 double-walled alloy
      TiresBontrager LT2, 700x38c

      ShiftersShimano Acera M360, 8 speed
      Front derailleurShimano Altus
      Rear derailleurShimano Acera M360
      CrankFSA Dyna Drive 48/38/28 w/chainguard
      Bottom bracketSealed cartridge
      CassetteShimano HG31, 11-32, 8 speed
      ChainKMC Z7
      PedalsWellgo nylon body w/alloy cage

      SaddleBontrager H1
      SeatpostBontrager SSR, 2-bolt head, 27.2mm, 12mm offset
      HandlebarBontrager Low Riser alloy, 25.4mm, 15mm rise
      GripsBontrager Satellite, ergonomic
      StemBontrager alloy, 25.4mm, 25 degree
      Headset1-1/8″ threadless, sealed cartridge bearings
      BrakesetTektro Novela mechanical disc, 160mm rotors, Tektro adjustable-reach alloy levers

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