West Wind Pass

MODERATE 424 reviews

West Wind Pass is a 4.7 kilometer out and back trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.7 km Elevation Gain: 356 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

The West Wind Valley is closed December to June 15th for wildlife safety. Please respect the closure.

hiking
snow
19 days ago

hiking
icy
muddy
1 month ago

Very few people out on the trail. Either snow/ice covered or muddy- micro spikes a big help

hiking
icy
rocky
scramble
snow
2 months ago

Hiked November 2nd. Unmaintained trail. Marked and flagged by users. Go to right at first major fork and watch for handwritten sign. Very steep in places. Gorgeous view! Cleats necessary when snow and ice.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Easy hike to the top. Partial visibility due to weather turning close to the top. Lots of wind. Overall great little hike. Would do again in the summer to have better views of the valley from Wind Tower.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

completed on Oct.26,flurries today. the trail is not difficult at all,would rate it as moderate easy side. it is soooo windy at the end, and it's snowing with fairly low visibility, didnt make to the windtower. the views r good, must be stunning in good weather.

hiking
2 months ago

It is one of the great hikes in Spray valley provincial park. Im definitely coming back here Watch my youtube video: West Wind Pass

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful Hike. The weather was blustery with a bit of blowing snow at the top and visibility was minimal however it was still quite gorgeous. The trail was mostly clear with only several slick patches of snow turned icy. I had poles and neither of us had microspikes and didn't need them. We followed the trail easily marked with red and orange ribbons. Winter views of the lake to the west were stunning.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful views the whole way up. We hiked this yesterday with our 1 year old (in a pack) , and thought it was the perfect trail to bring him on. There were a couple spots that were ice and snow covered - poles made navigating these areas way easier, especially with a little one on our back. The view from the top was stunning!

hiking
3 months ago

We got lost 2 times and had to come back at the middle of the trail because there was a lot of snow. At the beginning of the trail keep the right side, follow the signs on the trees. At the first time we kept left and went back to the road. We returned to the trail and followed the signs and the ribbons on the trees but unfortunately on a half way we lost the trail. A lot of snow, but even though we saw a very beautiful view of the river and mountains from a pretty high point. Very beautiful hike. And, I would say it’s a hard one, not a moderate.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a nice hike. It was a bit tricky to find the trail since it had snowed. Got lost for a bit, following the red ribbon.. But did manage to find a trail that lead to the pass with no ribbon markings. I would suggest to not follow the red ribbon if it has just snowed. 2 hours hike up, 45 mins down

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off trail
scramble
snow
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
snow
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

dogs loved it!! snowy but doable

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off trail
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

We did this yesterday. It took us almost three hours, including a couple short breaks on the way up and lunch at the top. And we are pretty fit. We followed the red ribbon- there were couple times we couldn’t see the trail and thought we were lost. We could hear or see people talking above us, so we wondered maybe we shouldn’t have followed the red ribbons. On the way down, we didn’t follow the red ribbons and the trail was much better and easier to follow. It was very windy and cold up there so we couldn’t stay for too long to enjoy the view. Dress layers for sure.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

super agréable ! une belle vue en haut mais venteux. quelques baies sur le chemin partir avec un spray ours

hiking
4 months ago

When you get to a fork, stay right. It looks like there is a bit of a trail over a fallen log and goes on for quite some time to another mountain, but is quite steep and rocky. We ended up having to turn back and get on the right trail. Once at the top, the views are great! Would recommend. A good climb.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail was a little hard to find at times, stay right whenever you can but there are often more than 1 trail at a time. ++ windy at the top but great views for such a short and moderate hike

hiking
4 months ago

when you're facing the entrance of the trail , go left and you'll see someone has written the directions in marker pen on a sign. from there you just go right and follow the path, at times it seems like the path isn't clear so keep an eye out for it and watch your step, that goes for both ways because I slipped on the way down! after the big fallen tree which you have to duck under is an opening , right hand side and straight ahead offers amazing views. not too difficult. very windy up there.

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