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Windtower Trail via West Wind Pass is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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.

Length 6.2 mi Elevation gain 3,024 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

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PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT HIKE THIS TRAIL DURING Seasonal Wildlife Closure (Dec. 1 to June 15) West Wind Valley Including West Wind Ridge is closed annually to provide protection for critical winter range for elk and bighorn sheep. The trail starts follows West Wind Pass and then veers off towards lightly trafficked Windtower. Views at Windtower include Mount Lougheed, Canmore, and Spray Lakes. Bring layers. This hike can get very windy.

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Aaron Larsen
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RockyScramble

Absolutely stunning hike, the only issue with it is the trail marking in the first half. We lost the trail and had to scramble down some cliffs and talus to get down to the pass after taking a wrong turn. Still absolutely worth doing!

Becca Tanner
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Hiking

Amazing 360 views from the top of wind tower. Trail is in great condition other than a decent amount of deadfall over the first 1.5km or so. Bit of a slog for the last km up to the top but definitely worth it.

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Deanna Bensler
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I loved this hike. It has great views all the way up, non technical, easy to follow trail, and an amazing reward at the summit.

Brendan Wong
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HikingRockyScramble

Great hike! Went up early today (July 5) and had an amazing day. Not much wind and had some amazing views!

Amna Haque
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Hiking

Beautiful trek. Start early, so there are people on the trail. Some scrambling but doable. Bring poles :)

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Steve Boisvert
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Rocky

Was actually surprised how beautiful the views are on this hike. Trail is in great shape and easy to follow.

Jason J
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July 2, 2020- trail is in great shape, beauty views from the top. Windy af tho, bring layers!! 3:30 round trip, jogging most of the way down with a short summit break.

Jacqueline H
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow
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Lindsay Waldron
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

Amazing 360 views at the summit of windtower! It was quite a trek and hiking poles are highly recommended. It is also very windy so be prepared with a windbreaker. We started around 2:30pm and got back to the vehicle at 6:50pm. This was with multiple breaks. Quite the leg burner!

Ryan Quinn
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HikingRocky

Did this June 26th later start intended to do rimwall and windtower.... missed the trail to rimwall as it can be easy to miss AllTrails is a bit off on route, it’s actually much lower down the the bottom. Made it to summit windtower 1:18 min. Ripped down and headed to find rimwall. I had a pup with me windtower was okay but rimwall was pretty sharp scree, we turned around right at the scree slog to save her paws!!! I’ll come back for it sans doggo!!! Enjoy!!! Neither of these hikes are technical and only minor scramble. But as other have said it’s windy so prepare..

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Jane Gray
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HikingRockyScramble

Stunning views! The trail was fairly easy to follow for the most part. Only went off trail once on the way to the pass. There was a very obvious trail up to windtower. Definitely wear good hiking boots or shoes and bring a windbreaker.

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Andi Kosasih
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HikingMuddySnow

Did this yesterday for the second time. This mountain will never disappoint you. This one is a grind. Barely need your hands but still a good workout with fantastic views a long the way.

Michael Walmsley
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HikingRockySnow

Did Wind Tower the other day and had an absolute blast. The trail to windpass feels like a bit of a grind but after that it was smooth sailing. With a group of 3 it took us 2 hours to reach the summit from where the windpass trail forks off to the Rimwall. Not much of a scramble, and not too much snow either. there were a couple of snowy spots still and gaiters were nice for both the snow and the scree. Trail is pretty easy to find once you are at windpass, and there was a but of water running down some drainage from snowmelt. I wouldn't rely on this for water though so bring 2L because spurling creek was also dry.

Kamala Dixon
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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailRockyScramble

Amazing hike but be prepared!I was alone with my pup as usual and we got a good ways up past the pass The wind was biting and conditions pretty sketchy ,I had a feeling to turn around but will go back in a group to finish as the views are incredible.Amazing day

William Orr
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HikingRockyScramble

Great trail, but if a grind to the top, but totally worth it. Incredible views of the lakes below, had a calm day and the water look like glass, perfect reflection of the sky. You can find some mountain goats nearby the top and catch a good view down the cliff face in tho the valley below

Ryan Weir
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HikingIcyOff trailScrambleSnow

Had no idea this hike was closed There was a stunning view at the top off the cliff face but very hard to stay on trail for majority of the hike past the top of West Wind Pass. Snow is difficult to get through the further up the mountain you go so I would recommend snowshoes if you decide to do it.

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