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HIKE MT. WINDTOWER

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Elevation Gain:

~1,000m (3,280 ft.)

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Altitude:

2,695m (8,842 ft.)

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Distance:

10km return

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Time Required:

5–6hrs

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Terrain:

Light Scramble

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Location:

Canmore, Alberta

THE CHALLENGE:

Mount Windtower

Climb Mount Windtower – our name sake! Located in the Spray Lakes area and only 25 minutes from downtown Canmore, this imposing peak stands approximately 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and has well marked trails that are manageable by all levels of hikers. This half-day adventure is suitable for most ages (although Mom or Dad may have to carry some of the youngest) and the Mt. Windtower trail boasts Incredible views of Mount Lougheed, Spray Lakes, Canmore and the surrounding valleys when you’ve reached the summit and throughout the trek.

WHEN:

Starting May 15th and closing on September 30th, 2017 (most favourable weather conditions)

WHO:

The contest is open to all legal residents and visitors in Canada during the contest period. Open to all ages.

TRAILHEAD:

From Canmore, head out on the Smith-Dorrien (Hwy. 742). Go past the Grassi Lakes day-use area and Goat Creek Trail parking lot. Continue along the gravel road to Spurling Creek. There is a small parking area on the south-west side of the road before the creek.

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 well defined trail to West Wind Pass, steadily climbing for 1 – 1 ½ hours.

Once you reach the flat, grassy saddle of West Wind Pass you turn right and follow a well-defined trail with cairn markers across some cliff bands. Some scrambling will be required in this section. Once you’ve gained all the bands you’ll be in the saddle between Windtower and Mount Lougheed. From here it’s a steady ascent up the ridge to the summit.

Enjoy spectacular views the whole trek up. Remember to stop and turn around to take in the Spray Lake Valley. Once you’ve reached the summit, there are views of Canmore, Lady Macdonald, Grotto Mountain, the backside of the Three Sisters and the expansive stratigraphy of Mount Lougheed. Be sure to snap a pic! Or many!

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

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