Wind Ridge

I did this outing as a trail run back in July, and quite enjoyed it. There are some detours and route finding involved in the lower section since the 2013 floods, but the terrain is interesting once you begin to gain elevation. The snow keeps pounding the Bow Valley, and this little leg stretcher involved the perfect amount of energy for not much of a view. It should be stated that the view is actually pretty good on a clear day! One minor oversight was that I left my microspikes / crampons in the car. The rock step that needs to be surmounted in order to reach the highpoint was slick on the ascent, and somewhat dangerous on the way down.

The route to Wind Ridge
A recently constructed bridge helps avoid an area damaged by the 2013 flood
Downfall along the creek bed remains as evidence of the flood
The trail passes neatly through this tunnel
The conditions were magical on the way up
No cougars sighted on Wind Ridge today
Conditions deteriorated significantly once above treeline
Looking across a gully towards the highpoint of the ridge
The ridge continued, but I turned around at this point, since it was clear the view would not improve
Looking back at the hump where one attains the ridge
I was feeling pretty nervous about descending the icy rock band without crampons
I tossed my snowshoes and poles down, and it wasn’t that bad after all

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