Distance 10.9 km return, height gain 400 m, moderate
Windy Point is a great viewpoint for the Bow Valley and Skogan Pass area. Immediately below you in a forested gully is the birthplace of Marsh Creek. Itâ€™s a year-round spring that in sub-zero temperatures sends clouds of vapour rising above the treetops.
Start: Start: Hwy. 1 (Trans-Canada Hwy.). At Dead Manâ€™s Flats interchange 98 follow signs to Banff Gate Mountain Resort and turn right into Wind Valley trailhead.
While there is a new 35â€™ bridge over Pigeon Creek a little upstream of the old one, there is still no bridge at Wind Creek. Head across to just before the old Wind Creek crossing and follow a trail left to a crossing place. This comes out right on the trail on the other side of the creek. Map of start
Note: The trail to Windy Point Viewpoint is closed May 1 to June 15 inclusive.
The section up Wind Ridge is closed Dec 1â€”Jun 15. Closure map
- Wind Ridge with Windy Point Viewpoint on the right
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 3 Trail #51B
Trailhead: Wind Valley 51.02662N, -115.24813W
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Last updated Oct 16, 2017