Hike Windy Point Ridge

5.3 miles 4002.6 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Corry Hall

Abraham Lake is known for it's deep turquoise hue, and seeing it from above brings the scenery to a whole other level.

The trail is steep from the very beginning, which offers rewarding views from the get go. There is moderate scrambling throughout the hike up, which requires the use of hands and some minor route finding at times. Once you reach the top of Windy Point Ridge, you can continue on northeast towards "The Buckle" (just follow the well defined path) which will add about 2 more hours on to your day but brings you to some more amazing views down Abraham Lake and on to the Rocky Mountains.

The hike takes about half a day if you are simply going to the top of Windy Point Ridge, however, if you decide to go to the Buckle allow about 8 hours for the day.

Getting there: The trailhead for Windy Point Ridge is located 22km south west of Nordegg, right before the road cuts through a huge slab of rock.

Read More

Tags

Hiking
Easy Parking
Lake
Scenic

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

šŸ„ˆ Contributor

almost 3 years ago

Great adventure up the Buckle

The route provides fun exposure in some areas, especially if you choose to scramble up the back of the Buckle - there is a log book at the summit of the Buckle inside a pink water bottle in the middle of the largest cairn.

šŸ„ˆ Contributor

over 3 years ago

Awesome Views

I was able to do this hike a couple weekends ago. It's a steep one, but totally worth the effort. Amazing views of Abraham Lake.

šŸ„ˆ Contributor

over 4 years ago

Great Views the Entire Way

Just did this hike (in February) and it was amazing! Definitely a steep one but the view is incredible the whole way, and it was very easy to follow. Took us about an hour and a half to get to the top of windy point ridge. An awesome hike if don't have a lot of time or even if you do, opt to have a little picnic at the top!

Nearby Adventures

  • Night Photography at Windy Point

    On the side of Highway 11 (The David Thompson Highway) approximately 36km southwest of Nordegg, windy point area offers the perfect view for taking pictures at night. There's a good chance you'll be one of the only people out there with the same ...

  • Hike to Allstones Lake

    194km West of Rocky Mountain House,Ā theĀ trailĀ head is marked by a small brown sign, with parking available across the highway on Abraham Lake. Very easy to follow the trail, no scramble sections but definitely a steady incline. Ā Near the lake ther...

    3.1 miles 2165.4 ft gain

  • Photograph Abraham Lake in the Winter

    Abraham Lake is one of the Canadian Rockies most incredible winter photography locations. The 32 km long reservoir is full of numerous opportunities for exploring and photographing frozen ice, flowing rivers, and the surrounding dramatic peaks. Du...

  • Backpack the Vision Quest Trail

    This short, but steep hike includes a moderate scrambling section, leading to an open spine that becomes increasingly difficult. The views of Abraham Lake are well worth the uphill grind, however, and this makes for a great half-day or beautiful b...