Window Mountain Lake is a beautiful, little alpine cirque at the base of Mount Ward. After entering the forest the trail climbs up to a gap in the trees, offering nice views of Racehorse Creek Vally, Crowsnest Mountain and the Seven Sisters. Shortly thereafter you will encounter a slough which will be dried up by midsummer.
The lake is only a bit beyond the slough. There is a trail around the lake and Mount Ward can be scrambled from here(see Kane). It's actually only 1km to the lake, 2km around the lake and 1km back. So, to the lake and back is actually only 2km.
Drive north of Hwy 3 on the Alison Creek road. At 2.7km keep right. At 16.8km (from the hwy) there is a logged area at the bottom of a hill. At the end of the logged area turn left. Drive up this road about 2.5km or as far as is passable. Look for the trailhead sign.
*just a note, keeping right at 2.7 km on Alison Creek road will take you onto the Atlas logging road. You will turn left just past the 14 km marker on Atlas, onto a dry creek bed. 4 x 4 will be required to continue to the trailhead.
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Posted By: Coolkatz
- Sun Sep 01 23:52:21 UTC 2013
UpsideBeautiful scenery DownsideRoads not marked! CommentThe dry creek bed is located just at the 14 km mark!!!!! <<very important* Getting in and out from atlas road is tricky as there's a trench but if you angle your vehicle correctly and jimmy it with some wood or stones you should be good. We went in our SUV which is not 4x4 and it was fine, we went about 10km/hr on that "road". This hike is posted as "easy" I've been there before so I knew it was definity not easy but it is short. We went with our sons age 4 & 6. It was challenging for them but with piggyback rides we managed. There's a section going through the mountain that is tricky, narrow path, rocky and very close to the edge. Worth every second! This is so gorgeous and not very well known so it makes it even better. Easy hike downhill in the forest after the tricky section. A couple of people tenting out there. The lake is clear and has paths walking around it. There are Firepits and logs to sit on located around the lake. Possibly bathrooms(there were signs) I've gone here many times (first time for my sons) and it never gets old, my kids loved it! it's worth the drive and the greif of trying to get there. Will be visiting with my kids again next year</br></br></br></br>
Posted By: risingpheonix
- Tue Jul 07 05:06:43 UTC 2009
Upsidegorgeous scenery. challenging. Downsidetrails not clearly marked CommentLoved the hike, but it wasn't what we were expecting as signage stated the hike was "easy" but it is clearly at an intermediate level
Posted By: MelZo
- Mon Aug 11 16:11:30 UTC 2008
UpsideGorgeous carpets of wild flowers (forget-me-nots, daisies, indian paint brushes, columbines, etc), picas in and out of the scree, the lake itself is beautiful to wade and float in. Fair amount of fish, but we didn't bring rods. DownsideTo walk around the lake, be prepared for scree on a little less than 1/4 of the trail - not difficult, but proper footwear is important. CommentI did this hike August long weekend, 2008, with my mother (53), uncle (57), two nephews (10 and 12) and sister (27). Wide range of ages, and every last one of us enjoyed the hike and the views. A few sketchy areas in the initial uphill portion - a little difficult on the knees - but a beautiful hike all in all.