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West Wind Creek Trail Loop

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Bow Valley Provincial Park

West Wind Creek Trail Loop is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

NOTE: As of September 2019, there are branches of this route that are recently upgraded or closed.

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muddy
5 days ago

Beautiful nature hike. Some mud off the start, but usually you can get past with dry shoes. View at the top was beautiful but very windy in the valley!

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9 days ago

Great short hike to a nice view of Lougheed Mountain. Careful doing this as a loop coming down, since the bridge is washed away on the one part and made for a sketchy crossing. The main trail going up has nice newly built bridges for an easy crossing. So stick to that trail if you’re worried.

Lovely hike through a very quiet forest, with enough elevation gain in the middle to get your heart pumping. When going clockwise around the loop, the creek is very high at the second area where you need to cross the creek, thus impossible to cross without wading. After the main loop, take the connecting trail back to the first part of the starting route, so you can take the same bridges across as you did on the way out. Happy trails!

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17 days ago

The view of this trail was beautiful, but it had a lot of downfalls. The trail was not marked at all and was very easy to get lost, it happened twice for our group and whoever said there was only a 500m elevation was incorrect. We were hiking up an incline for almost 2 hours before we got to the lookout and on our way down he got lost as there was no trail marking for the loop. So it was a decent hike but not what we were expecting

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1 month ago

Decent trail, not much for Mountain View’s , but a reasonable workout with the elevation. May 15 only a couple very small snowy patches.

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9 months ago

The trail as shown in this app is not exactly the way that the real trail is set out. There are branches which are closed and others which are recently upgraded. It’s suggested that instead of just doing the loop, that one goes up to the top and extra kilometre or so to get the view.

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10 months ago

Was a good trail (not well marked though) with some views. I would recommend doing the loop counter-clockwise - that way you will be facing the best view all the way down the hill (we didn't and the view was at our backs.

hiking
10 months ago

A nice nature walk through the trees with no views... Keep going and do Wind Ridge trail if you want more of a challenge. As an intermediate hiker I would rate this as easy.

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blowdown
rocky
10 months ago

Awesome late afternoon-evening hike! Moderate incline half-way, continuously winding up. Worth the effort when you reach the false summit and see the vast valley views and craggy mountains! We only went part way up to the true summit, as it was late. My husband and chocolate lab found it challenging enough with the steeper scramble/mixed narrow trail. Very doable for low to moderate fitness. Stamina is needed if you wish to reach the top! Would do this hike again! I did the Wind Ridge trail days before and found it much more challenging given the steady increase in elevation (directly across the valley from Wind Ridge Trail)!

hiking
11 months ago

Did this trail July 28. Went counter clockwise up the loop. The first half of the loop was NOT moderately trafficked, so bring bear spray and make noise just in case. We detoured a bit at the arrow and went up to see the real view of Mt Lougheed - took us an extra half hour and maybe added a extra km but absolutely worth it. Stunning.

hiking
scramble
Sun Jul 07 2019

This trail is not moderately trafficked, went on a beautiful day and met one group on the way back, don’t take the arrow up at the end of the steep incline, enjoy the view while your there bc it’s downhill after that. When your on the way down you’ll see another trail off to the left don’t take it, stay to the right, and you’ll end up on the trail back, takes you to the creek, good place to stop and have a snack, all in all great hike, definitely will do it again...btw seen a lot of fresh poop, not sure what it was from, take bear spray and be noisy!

Tue May 21 2019

Trails closed December 1st to June 15th

hiking
off trail
Mon May 20 2019

Hiked this trail with my fiance today and we got lost! >_<" Very windy, bring a light jacket, gloves and a compass. Bear spray too. At first, we passed 4 bridges then you can find those blue pole signs that directs you where to go. But then when we passed the steep inclined there was an arrow that is pointing to go up. That trail is closed and we didn't know. It was 15 mins to go up and 10 mins to go down. (This trail is the Wind Ridge) We looked at our offline map at the top and saw that we're off the guidance trail and decided to head back down. When we saw the arrow again, we observed it closer and realized that it was cut off from its branches so we don't know where it really supposed to be pointing at. There was a trail going down, opposite where the arrow was pointing at. I think that trail is the Loop. But we got scared so we hiked down from where we came from! Its a very good nature hike though! Will definitely re-attempt this trail in June! (:

hiking
Tue Apr 16 2019

Decent trek through the forest. Steep incline on the east side of the loop, and there is a new cut path with bridges that you can take to the west on the return loop (if you start on the east loop

hiking
Sun Nov 18 2018

The trail is in good condition, only covered with thin layer of snow except Wind Ridge Trail has deeper snow Great hike and definitely go back again in summer time Great view at the Wind Ridge Trail. Worth extra effort to go up. Crampon is a must going there

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