A forest walk up Wind Valley followed by an entertaining climb up a grassy ridge to the summit of Wind Ridge. Ranges from exploration roads to a well-used trail. Moderately steep sections near the end include one pitch of easy scrambling.
Rating: Moderately strenuous hike
Elevation gain: 740m
Distance: 13.8 km return
Time: 3-5 hrs
Weather forecast: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/canada/alberta/dead-mans-flats
Hiking boots (required)
Hiking poles (optional)
Proper seasonal wear (dress in layers)
Lunch, snacks, water (2L+, 3 or more is recommended on a warm day)
Sun glasses, SPF rated lip balm
Gas money (5 to 10 dollars)
No jeans, no cotton clothing of any kind!
Gear can be rented at MEC or UofC Outdoor Center.
DRIVING AND DIRECTIONS:
We will meet at the in Calgary meeting point and carpool from there. Please be on time as we will only wait a short while past past the departure time before we leave.
Take the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy. 1). At Dead Man's Flat interchange follow signs to Banff Gate Mountain Resort. At the final bend, turn right into Pigeon Mountain trailhead.