When you drive the 30K stretch of the Trans Canada Highway between the Hwy #40 turn-off(I now call it Casino corner) and Canmore, how many peaks can you look at and say you’ve been on? I just added one more to my tally on Saturday.
From the highway, Windtower is an impressive looking spire and I had no aspirations of conquering it until Ray, Mary and Keith invited me to tag along with them.
It’s a significant climb, with a net elevation gain of 960 metres, but it was not that difficult, even for me. There was still the occasional patch of snow but of little consequence. The peak offers terrific views in all directions.
There are significant drops on both sides of the peak(at cairn), so be careful up there. A small man-made rock wall will help shelter you from the wind and provides some protection while having your lunch.
The trailhead is along the Spray Valley road and is the same one that you’d use to start West Wind Pass, which is a rewarding hike in itself.
Now when I drive along the highway, I can look up and see a number of peaks that I’ve enjoyed conquering including Barrier, Allan, Yamnuska, Heart, Pigeon, Grassi Knob, Lady MacDonald and Ha Ling.
Other hikers have written in detail about this trip on their websites, so here are some links that will give you more information about hiking to Windtower: Explora8ion, OutdoorEscapade, Summitpost, Trailpeak.
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