BCP484 Wind Ridge
N51° 01.189’ W115° 17.563’
Sleepy hollow, j2d2, Daddy RedRouge, DanOCan and I met up in the Pigeon Mtn / Wind Valley parking area at 8:00AM for a team ascent of Wind Ridge. We geared up and headed down the trail, taking note of the numerous piles of bear poop (made very colourful with Buffalo berries) along the way. As usual Sleepy hollow used his unique, loud and apparently very effective bear deflecting technique. It must be effective as I have never ever seen a bear when hiking with him, just bear poop and tracks. This ridge hike had everything, mostly good trails, outstanding views, short do-able fun rock climbs and numerous places to let the inner child out to play. The trail starts on old exploration roads that slowly increase in grade as they switch backed up the southeast end of the ridge until you arrive at the large open meadows. Then the work really begins with a steep single track up to the small rock band. There awaits a short rock climb that looks more intimidating than it really is, sort of a slightly dangerous adrenaline rush. We all made it to the top of the climb feeling a little “glee” after the climb – that was the inner child beginning to emerge I think. Anyway, onward and upward we went stopping often for photo ops and general scenery gazing, before arriving at the beautiful open area around the cap.
We sat and enjoyed our lunch looking across the valley, to the left at Wind Tower and Lougheed, straight ahead to Wind Pass, to the right lay Rimwall and the Three Sisters: what a glorious place! After lunch we continued to the end of the ridge with j2d2 and Sleepy hollow taking a higher line while RedRouge Dan and I began a long descending traverse on sheep trails toward the far away valley bottom. When we turned around to see how the other two were doing we saw that j2d2 had his kite out. Now, I have waiting a long time to see him flying his kite from a high ridge and actually got a photo, check it out. At this point we all put the inner child away and carried on with the serious, steep, and trail-less descent to the base of the ridge. Once at the bottom RedRouge found us a good trail down the valley to where the Southern Alberta Trails started showing up on the GPSr’. We found and logged in at an old and infrequently visited cache by Gizmo, then completed our hike back to the parking lot. My trail log showed a total distance of about 14 kms and an elevation gain of 800 meters.
Thank you very much for posting the cap ofth, it truly is in a spectacular spot! Thanks also to my companions on this hike; you couldn’t have asked for a finer bunch of guys to hike with.