Wind Ridge Trail

MODERATE 41 reviews

Wind Ridge Trail is a 11.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features a river 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
11.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
931 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wildlife

27 days ago

Trail is closed from dec 31 to June because of wildlife look forward to hike in june

6 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike! Went on October 30 just before this snow hit. Easy trail, I did need microspikes near the top and unfortunately I didn't find a route to the peak where I felt it was safe to have my boisterous retriever bouncing around me. It was still a great hike and picnic stop just in front of the scramble section and didn't feel ripped off because we didn't make it to the very top. Great views once your out of the forest

6 months ago

Some route finding at beginning; a bit boring until you come to clearing and beautiful views over Valley and towards Mount Lougheed. VERY windy, did not complete full trail.

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6 months ago

It was windy and snowy on top; the views were amazing once it cleared up a bit; a lot of fallen trees on the trail.

7 months ago

Incredible views across the valley, a bit of snow on the peaks makes the mountains texture stand out. Tough hike but with the views it's not a slog.

8 months ago

great trail, and even on a weekend not busy. great views, challenging incline near the top. two minutes from the highway, seriously why don't more people go here. a lot of bear activity, bring your PPE

9 months ago

drawn out beginning... and uber steep final climb. beautiful views and easily accessible

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10 months ago

Honestly I would rate this as a harder trail. It's very steep for a lot of the trail, but SO worth it for the views. I've done it twice and I would do it again! Just be prepared for a good leg workout.

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10 months ago

Good hike. The last kilometre was tough but worth it. The trail was well maintained.

11 months ago

to everyone who posted reports lately do your homework before heading out.
The trail is currently closed to protect wildlife.

https://www.albertaparks.ca/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/trail-reports/bow-valley/

check under SEASONAL CLOSURES....CLOSED DEC 1 - JUNE 15 INCLUSIVE

11 months ago

Yes it is windy as you reach top. spectacular view of valley and surrounding mountains.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Awesome trail, easy to moderate throughout (some hilly spots on the north end of the loop, I recommend doing the south part of the loop first and come back along the north side). Small amount of snow at the higher elevations (on May 19th) in the forested areas but once we passed the tree line it was completely snow free. Views from the summit are absolutely breathtaking with a beautiful view of the valley, surrounded by mountains of course! Definitely recommend this hike for anyone looking for a pretty easy hike with beautiful views! Note: there are a couple of river crossings in the early part of the trail, one of which had a bridge but the second we had to cross on a log.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

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).

Monday, July 25, 2016

Super beautiful lots of ups and downs along the ridge fun easy hike!

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Spectacular views toward the finish. Exceeded my expectations.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

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.

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