Distance 13.4 km return, height gain 870 m, strenuous
From the Trans-Canada, the dark, timbered mass of Wind Ridge doesn't look too interesting. On the other side of the mountain, though, hidden from view, grassy slopes wearing crags like necklaces provide a beautiful route to the summit with one pitch of easy scrambling. Note: Wind Ridge is closed Dec 1 to Jun 15. Closure map
Start: Hwy. 1 (Trans-Canada Hwy.). At Dead Man's Flats interchange 98 follow signs to Banff Gate Mountain Resort and turn right into Wind Valley trailhead.
Difficulty: Easy trail with creek crossing and one scramble section. It is now possible to avoid the exposed rock step. A trail to the right leads to a messy dirt rake that climbs steeply up through trees to the ridge. Rope or chains would make the route easier!
Note: There's new bridge over Pigeon Creek (2018). Map of start

Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 3 Trail #51A

Trailhead: Wind Valley 51.02662N, -115.24813W

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Last updated Jul 24, 2018