Wind Ridge Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews

Wind Ridge Trail is a 7.5 mile 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 May until November.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3589 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wildlife

hiking
3 days ago

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.

hiking
9 days ago

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hiking
6 months ago

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).

backpacking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

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.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

hiking
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.

hiking
Thursday, July 11, 2013