West Wind Pass is a 1.9 mile out and back trail located near Alberta, AB. The trail is primarily used for hiking.
We really enjoyed this hike. Got off trail a bit but corrected. It took us just under 2 hours up and about 30min down. I'd say difficulty was moderate, but quick.
I would recommend this for sure, and next time we may just head to one of the mountain summits nearby!
Easy you can bring the whole family on this one! Yes it it call west wind pass for a reason!
Access from Spray Lake Road. Not much of a trail head. Parking is on opposite side of the road from the trail. Fairly well used trail so in summer chances are there is someone parked there already, 380m gain over the 3klm trail giving an incline rate of 7.8. The trail is narrow single track winding with roots and rocks yet quite clear and easy to follow. The pass is open and of course lots of wind or at least a stiff breeze as you look over into the immediately below you Wind Valley and further in the distance the Bow River Valley, while behind you is the Spray Lake reservoir. (This trail is also used as the beginning to top out on Wind Tower.}
Great hike. Goes straight up...no plateau. Bring a lunch to enjoy the view at the top. The wind at top is your reward for the hard work it took to get there. Well worth it.