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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. Offline map recommended. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well.

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Recordings (177)
Completed (649)
Jocelyne B
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Absolutely beautiful hike! There are a couple parts where you need to climb over rocks and slippery areas on the scree, but I loved this hike! As someone who gets a bit nervous with scrambles, this one didn’t really make me nervous or worried. I completely agree with the comments about it being a hike introducing you to more technical aspects of hiking. We started at 12:30 on Sun Aug 9 and saw a fair amount of people on West Wind Pass but very few going to Windtower. Definitely bring another layer at the top, the wind was no joke! Also agree with the comments about having no service, so the offline map is helpful.

barndo f
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 5, 2020
HikingGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

West Wind Pass was not too bad, the real hike begins when you start the Windtower Trail section at the top. There are some parts where you are required to use your hands to climb a little bit. The final section of the hike is a really long and steepish scree section which was a tad difficult but still doable. Very rewarding view at the top. I would reccomend downloading the map just in case as there are many different paths and you have a high likelihood of ending on another trail.

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Teri Fralick
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Hiking

Completed as sunrise summit Aug 3. Easy to follow trail. We used GPS to confirm some of the forks to ensure we didn’t end up going up toward Rimwall. Gorgeous summit views and a very pretty trail. Highly recommend!

Amy Groves
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Hiking

WARNING: DOWNLOAD MAP AS YOU WILL HAVE NO SERVICE. Followed the reviews and the hand written message on the sign at the beginning of the trail, by staying to the right at every opportunity. Still managed to end up on another trail. Turned back and tried again but could not find the correct trail. There are orange markers on trees which we thought might lead the way but did not. Watch out as you can easily end up scrambling.

Kamala Dixon
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Tried this a few months ago but way too icy.First part to the ridge line is a very beautiful easy hike with spectacular all around.The scree to the summit is long and steep and for the first time in 47 summits my pup had to be carried down.Its so worth the work and couldn’t have asked for a better day.Anazing bang for tour buck

Kali Deck
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HikingScramble

Easy to follow trail, I would say had more of a scree then scramble. I had my ACL repaired and a meniscectomy less than a year ago. Poles were helpful for the descent.

Connor Walker
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Hiking

What an amazing trail! Not ridiculously hard so therefore a little busy. Amazing views at the top. We ran up and down. 90 mins up and 30 mins down. Bring layers if you wanna rest up top

Silvester Gansan
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HikingGreat!Scramble

If you're looking for an easy beginning and hard at the end then this trail is for you! Did this today, started at 8am. Took me close to 2 hours up and in total of a little over 3 hours. It was a fun run on my way down and busy around 11:30ish. Now, how about the view!! What an amazing day! plus very little wind at the summit! I highly recommend this to any skill level. I wouldn't mind doing this again. Just a tip: Do this trail early otherwise it's a very busy trail.

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Mayka Pavlicek
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Hiking

We did this trail today. Busy trail, most people make it to the pass and turn around( 2.3 km each way, going uphill). It’s beautiful hike all the way to the WindTower, it was windy on top, stunning views. It’s exactly 5 km one way, same way down. Make sure you bring extra clothing for top. We were able to have lunch on top and then head back. We did not find it hard rather intermediate difficulty but note we hike a lot. We had one pole with us , we used it on the way down. There is a little bit walking over rocks but nothing difficult at least for us. The trail is marked well no issues. As I said the views are stunning - you can see 3 Sisters, Grotto, Lady McDonald, Peter Lougheed peak, Spray Lakes etc. It took us 2 hrs up and 1:25 hrs down. We recommend this hike!

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Izzy Marlinda
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Did it yesterday, 07/23/2020. Real gem. A great hike. Pretty easy and well maintained to West Wind Pass and after the Pass there is some very easy scramble (with a lot of different foot and handholds to choose from) and a loooong scree section to the top but as scree is pretty deep in places, it makes it easy to walk it down. As name says, it is very windy at the top but there is a windbreaker you can hide in to enjoy your well deserved lunch and rest. Views are great and different wherever you look towards to. Highly recommended. Unlike the other trails, not many bugs and no mosquitoes really. Only thing that sucked hard was the last 15 mins of the road towards the parking bay like someone mentioned before. If you drive it in 2wd, it will shake out fillings from your teeth, literally. It was like million tine speed bumps you can lose control on. 4wds were rocking that road but we had to be careful not to destroy our van. Driving back in the arvo was OK as many cars smashing thru that road made the road smoother but if you go in the very morning and you value your teeth fillings and your poor 2wd suspension, it sucks badly huh.

Nav Minhas
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Hiking

Definitely stick to its name easy and worth it

Christian Barrier
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HikingScramble
Don MacLeod
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No shadeRockyScramble

This is a good hike for anyone looking to move forward after doing some moderate hikes. The routes starts as an easy pass through the woods. If you keep right at every juncture it’s relatively straightforward. The trail goes right after reaching West Wind Pass. The trail is fairly mellow, but it is easy to lose and there are some sections that require the use of hands and feet. You loop around Windtower and reach the crux, a crappy section of scree. If you persevere through that though the rocks become better and then it’s just about pushing forward to the top. There’s no exposure on this hike and there are incredible views of the valley at the top and behind you towards Spray Lake. Once you break the tree line there’s obviously no cover and it can be windy, be sure to bring layers. It wasn’t too bad when I first got to the summit but the wind picked up quickly and it became obvious why the mountain has its name.

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Laurence Sylvestre
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Hiking

Subalpine hike, so great ! Windy at the top.

Dulce Diaz
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RockyScramble

The name says it, "windy" can be a bit chilly too so be prepared. bring poles and hiking boots. Beautiful half way and well worth the top!

Seph Organo II
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HikingGreat!

it literally is super windy at the peak... over all oy was a very beautiful trail

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Sara Parsons
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HikingScramble

We went to the top of Windtower. Amazing trail. Amazing views almost the entire way. I’d say these were the best summit views I’ve ever experienced. Took us 3 hours to the top, and 2 hours down. Took lots of short breaks on the way up. Things to look out for: the road to this trail absolutely sucks and is like mini speed bumps for a good 15 minutes. I started to become anxious while driving on this road and didn’t know if my car was going to make it... but if you have an SUV or truck there’s probably nothing to worry about. The trail was a bit confusing to find in the beginning - but stay left from the get go and you’ll see a small white sign saying “west wind pass”, then basically keep right at any forks after that. It was a grind from start to finish in my opinion. The scramble isn’t terrible but it’s quite long. Yes very windy at the top. The way down wasn’t as bad as I anticipated - I was able to run down the scree pretty easily and I had no hiking poles going up or down. However I would recommend hiking poles for this hike if you have them!! A MUST DO FOR SURE

Judy Fan
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HikingRocky

Beautiful well maintained trail. Super easy to follow with incredibly rewarding views. Lots of scree slog the last couple km’s but not difficult! Was a great way to spend a morning.

Kristyn Carriere
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HikingRockyScramble

Lovely views the whole trail. Poles on hand are a good idea, especially in the last 1.5km to the top which is steep and scree. Great day out! Could be very difficult if it was wet

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