Wind Ridge Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canmore, AB that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible from May until November.
Attempted to do this one today, got within probably 20 mins of the top but had to turn around because of a nasty snow storm that rolled in. The path is relatively well marked and easy to find, given you're not trying to find it in a snow storm. Will definitely try some other time (maybe not in the middle of November).
Super beautiful lots of ups and downs along the ridge fun easy hike!
Spectacular views toward the finish. Exceeded my expectations.
The trail is 2klm of valley bottom with a slight drop to the creek, cross creek and head down stream, cross another creek and then head left and follow old fire road into Wind Valley. ((2013 debris flow and floods removed bridges and removed evidence of roads in valley bottom. Trail/road will reappear once you gain a little elevation from the creek.)) Fire road winds and rolls over sight hills then turns to right. 100 feet into the turn a foot path leads left into the Wind Valley, but the road continues and climbs up to the ridge. You will gain elevation now at an incline rate of 7.5 with one switch back and then exit into the mountain side meadows. The road ends and you proceed very steeply up for a short distance then it eases off (still steep, but you'll feel it easier in comparison) as you work your way upward along the ridge and over a few steps. Return can be done by continuing the ridge and dropping down into the top end of the valley and walking out on the lower path (Bear Country) or you can return by the fire road. Views of Wind Tower from the base and Rimwall. The trails are closed from Dec.1 - June 15th as a breeding and protection area for wildlife.