West Wind Pass

MODERATE 17 reviews

West Wind Pass is a 2.8 mile out and back trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

2.8 miles
1164 feet
Out & Back


nature trips

trail running





2 days ago

My first hike in The Canmore area. Very very dusty gravelly road to trail head for about 10 km that was the only downfall. The hike starts at a trailhead across the road from parking and is a woodsy path with many tree roots acting as 'stairs'. Much steep sections but doable as several other hikers had their babies in backpacks

6 days ago

I banged this hike out a few days ago. though the top of the pass was very windy the views were amazing. I was with a first timer on a mountain so it took us 2 1/2 hours to get to the top, thoigh could easily be done on just over an hour. The thing i liked most being with a novice was there were some steep elevation pitches, but a lot of flat walks for easy recovery. I will be heading back up soon to summit the tower. Lots of wildlife so keep your eyes peeled! cheers folks. J.

7 days ago

Relatively quick hike (1.5 hrs to the pass, 30 mins to come back down), the ascension grade is pretty consistent the whole way up. Beautiful views from both sides of the pass, and well worth the grind. I'm sure the views would be even better if you could make it all the way up to Windtower's peak but it would need to be a very calm day, otherwise it's likely too dangerous.

8 days ago

Great hike if you want a short, quick one with some challenge. Hiked it with family for Father's Day. Would not recommend if the conditions are wet due to terrain.

8 days ago

Makes a great hike after work! Parking is along the side of the road. Most of the trail is a moderately steep slope through the trees, well defined, with fairly frequent and beautiful views (behind you) over Spray Lake and the surrounding mountains. Top part of the trail is less well defined, just keep an eye on flagging tape. The view from West Wind Pass is beautiful, you can see down to Dead Man's Flats with the steely rocks of Windtower rising on your right and the Rimwall on your left. We wore sturdy running shoes, had hiking poles, and were up and down in 2h30m including a long break at the top. Sure is windy up there! Bring a toque, gloves, and warm layer under a shell. We saw bighorn sheep, a young moose, and mountain goats.

11 days ago

Great half-day hike. Doable in 2-3 hours with not too much uphill grind. Well defined path with signage, make sure to head down and to the right at a fork with a cairn about halfway up.

17 days ago

Great hike the views were beautiful at the top it is a bit of a grunt up but well worth it

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10 months ago

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!

11 months ago

Easy you can bring the whole family on this one! Yes it it call west wind pass for a reason!

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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.}

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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.