Windtower

Windtower near Kananaskis, AB


This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
10 kms
6hours
difficult
Hiking
Summer, Fall
Kananaskis, AB
User Red90
NTS Map: 082J14

Elevation gain: approx. 1000 m (3,280 ft) from the parking lot.

From the parking area, cross the road and look for a trail on the left (north) side of the creek. The trail follows the edge of the creek valley via a fairly well defined trail to West Wind Pass.

Look back while climbing for good views of the Spray Lakes. From the pass great views of the Wind Valley and the Three Sisters can be had.

From a slightly flat area just below the pass you should be able to spot a trail to the right (south-east). The trail skirts around below the cliff bands and follows along the top of the steep slope just above the treeline. You can choose to ascend at any point, but the easiest route is gained be traversing for a fair distance and climbing up past the cliff bands on easier ground. The easiest trail is the most defined but can be confused with sheep trails.

The trail should take you to the saddle between Loughheed and Windtower. From there follow the ridge to the top. Great views of the Wind Valley and the Spray Lake can be had from the top. Be prepared for the wind. Also be careful at the top as the descent to the Wind Valley is a near vertical cliff.

A shorter descent route can be had by going across one of the cliff bands.

The trail is also described in the Kananskis Country trail Guide, trail #66

Directions:

Park at (WGS-84): N50 58.567 W115 19.297

This is 4.8 km south of the Spray District Office at Spurling Creek on the Smith-Dorrien—Spray Trail (Hwy.742). Park on the south-west side of the road.
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By Terrylynn Posted By: Terrylynn  - Wed Aug 05 14:34:27 UTC 2015 Not Rated Question Has anyone had expierience taking there dog here? it looks like there might be too much shale?

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By RamonNPosted By: RamonN  - Wed Jul 15 12:54:49 UTC 2015 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside This is a fast hike if you're fit. Myself and my roommate summited in about 2 hours, the recommended 6 hours makes sense if you're going to stop.

It looks like you can link up to Mt. Peter Lougheed, we may try that in the future!
Downside The return trip is the same route as the way up, so it can feel a little repetitive. Comment I loved this hike, it is certainly an excellent starter hike for people looking to get up the high mountains.
By ChrisMarryPosted By: ChrisMarry  - Sun Oct 27 03:43:53 UTC 2013 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside Great views as always in Kananaskis! Challenging on the last km or so, steep slope. Downside Lots of people, no technical challenge, really basic scramble moves if any. Comment SO windy, it was so much colder because of the strong wind once at the top. 13 C today, but I need my 4 layers on the summit! Trail is obvious most of the time, it's steep on the last part of it, but really accessible hike even for beginners I think. I don't think I'd do it again though, there are so much scrambles around here that are much more exciting in my opinion.


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