Wind Ridge Trail is a 16.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 16.7 km Elevation Gain: 1,183 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

river

views

wildlife

snow

Note: This trail is closed between Dec 1 - June 15 in the effort to protect the local wildlife: https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/bow-valley-pp/information-facilities/trail-report/

hiking
5 months ago

gorgeous day with light wind. Terrific view.

hiking
snow
7 months ago

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
7 months ago

Super fun hike-then-scramble in the snow! Did this October 5, snow made it so we couldn’t find the trail once we were clear of the trees and we had to forge our own path to the (false?) summit - only 1000-ish metres elevation but a couple folks in our party weren’t keen on the last stretch in the snow so we didn’t venture any further. Total just under 16kms. Amazing 360 degree views from the top.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Amazing trail. We did not go all the way up to the summit or even the “false summit” but stopped in the clearing right about 5700’ of elevation. We explored a few side paths and found a campground w firewood and several deer tracks and recent scat. It was just glorious at this point but couldn’t go much further with our 70 y/o parents. Poles helped them on the decent. Def recommend hiking boots with good tread. We filtered some creek water in the way down. Amazing! Slight confusion with the trail at the beginning though, as we attempted to go counter clockwise on the loop but got into the centennial trail. If you do this direction, take the right fork labeled equestrian trail then hook up to the unknown steep trail. That was the harder of the two ways up but we did the easier one on the way back and pleasantly surprised by the scenery. This did end up taking us on the trail that we originally turned around on... so who knows, I guess they do all connect!

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
9 months ago

I would recommend this hike for experienced hikers. It was easier in parts but, definitely gets more challenging as you make your way to the top of the mountain. Loose gravel trails on incline make it difficult to get a grip and you can slide right back down. Make sure you are wearing proper hiking shoes/boots with strong grip. Bring lots of water with you! We completed the hike August 2018 with my friends dog.

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

wildflowers on wildflowers and tons of views! be ready for a slippery trek back down as the rocks and dirt are very loose.

hiking
9 months ago

Quite a gorgeous trail actually! Very nicely marked which way to go, great new bridges across the creeks, and absolutely beautiful wildflowers and views almost all the way up. Other than a couple steep sections I'd say it's a fairly moderate difficulty hike. Right now with everything so green and so many flowers it's a minimally traveled gem well worth visiting.

hiking
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

Took us 2.5hours to summit and had a picnic w the view. In total took us 5 hours. Definitively what we needed to pump our cardio and work our quads and calves. The view is just breathtaking and we didnt see much people. Exactly what we needed before supper.

hiking
9 months ago

MUST DO! Absolutely beautiful! We saw only a handful of people & the views from the summit are incredible - of both Canmore & the valley. Not overly strenuous or technical, except at the very top. We didn’t do the loop, just went back the way we went in. Took us 5 hours ‘ish.

hiking
10 months ago

this was amazing! walked into a storm, got soaked, frozen and nearly blown off the mountain. literally crawled and clawed our way up the kilometer. summitted and the sun came out. what an incredible experience. still trying to warm up.

hiking
10 months ago

Very well marked. Before the top of the mountain, quite steep and a bit hard climbing (poles for sure can help), great views and environment. Not too many people. Overall 5hrs, weather was good.

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

Beautiful trail! It is clearly marked and easy to follow. There are lots of wild flowers in bloom and great views once you step out of the forest. Make sure you bring your bug spray and your bear spray. I was swarmed by flies in the meadow, and had a close encounter with a bear in the same area. The trail description said it was hard, and it was accurate. It gets quite steep near the summit.

hiking
10 months ago

this trail was well maintained and marked. becomes fairly steep once you break the tree line. Tried doing the loop, however there were some sketchy river crossings and a few signs of fresh bear activity so decided to back track and continue on the main path. The views were fantastic and well worth the hike.

hiking
10 months ago

One of my favourite hikes ever!! Lots of variety- some nice streams and bridges at the start in a forested area, then it opens up into a beautiful meadow with lots of wildflowers. It’s a steady incline, and it continues to get steeper as the hike goes on, but the views at the end are SO worth it. You can see all of Canmore, dead man’s flats, and an amazing view of the back of the 3 sisters. There’s even a little box with a notepad at the peak where you can sign your name. The trail was relatively easy to follow, and the hike took my mom and I about 6.5 hours; however we were a little slow as we took a 2km detour and stopped to take lots of pictures and have a picnic at the top. We started the hike at 8:30am and only saw one other group on our way up, then started to run into quite a few people on our way down. I would recommend doing this hike on a nice, non-windy day, as the weather was perfect when we went but it was still pretty windy at the occasionally at the top (hence the name I guess).

hiking
10 months ago

This hike is amazing! First hour is just a wooded walk with really nice new bridges..trail was easy to follow...very obvious and fit pretty closely w/all trails map [new section at bottom doesnt exactly align]. It is a hard climb...but views just keep getting better. At the top...it gets a little slick if you have rain...poles would definitely help! Incredible green mountain valley...and spectacular vistas! parking lot was full but we only saw about 10 people all day!

hiking
closed
off trail
scramble
Mon May 20 2019

Was supposed to hike the West Wind Loop but got lost! This trail is closed until June 15th. There was a trail going down and I think that's the Loop but the arrow was pointing up >_<" Luckily, we didn't encounter any bears or wildlife. Just a mean bird! :( Don't be fooled by its cuteness. The view up there was definitely breathtaking! Get a good hiking shoes. Very challenging, steep to go at the top of Summit! and srumble to go down. We didn't go further up as it was a bit uncomfortable for me to go back down. And we double checked our offline map and voila we're off trail of the Loop >_<" Took a picture of the sign when we got back down as we didn't notice it :( But will definitely go back here again in July!

hiking
Thu Apr 11 2019

Friendly reminder that the trail is CLOSED right now. Closure is from DEC 1 TO JUNE 15 because of critical lambing grounds for sheep. Even hiking can cause detrimental effects by running them off their habitat during this fragile time. Please respect this and PIGEON mountain right now.

hiking
Sat Apr 06 2019

This hike was full of cute little creeks, wooden bridges, and so many gorgeous views!

hiking
Sun Dec 23 2018

Definitely a moderate trail, there were tons of people all over the trail so if you want a quiet one during the summer this isn't the trail for you. At the top everyone was fighting for space to sit down and enjoy the views so we scurried off to the right of the top and had some peace and quiet to eat some soup. We used this trail to break up our harder ones and relax a bit but I did find the up was a bit boring, just a long slog but nice if you want to just enjoy yourself and have a long uphill walk.

hiking
Mon Dec 10 2018

The Begining of the trail is really easy, it gets more difficult when you reach the top of the mountain. Totally worth the effort! The view was incredible !

hiking
Sat Dec 08 2018

My wife and i really enjoy this hike. you can make it more strenuous by going as far as you can. It does get really windy in the open areas but the views are awesome!

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