Windy Point Ridge

  Ratings:    Ratings 4 Star
Level: Difficult Scramble Time/Dist: 3 to 4 hours / 7K return Elevation Gain: 660m

Trailhead: Park at the Windy Point parking lot located next to the David Thompson Highway (#11) and Abraham Lake, just east of David Thompson Resort .186kms west of Rocky Mountain House. 4.5 hour drive from Edmonton, 4 hours from Calgary. If you're traveling from Calgary the route through the National Parks is shorter than heading through Rocky Mountain House.

Description: This is a difficult scramble involving 3 short rock ledges. Cross the highway and pick up the trail located at the bottom of the road side cut out. Continue up a grassy trail overlooking the highway cutout then turn right and start ascending steep slabs of rock and scree. You may pass a few native vision quest sites, leave them for wind and time erosion. At around 522m you'll reach the first of three rock steps. This is where the scrambling begins. Plan on bringing a pair of gloves, rillenkarren embedded in the limestone is razor sharp. Work your way up the first step onto to level ground, continue on to the second and third step before reaching the cairned lookout. Keep your eye out for Big Horn Sheep below.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Rampart Creek, Thompson Creek, Two O'clock Creek, Dry Haven, Gold Eye Lake, Fish Lake and Crescent Falls Campground. Trailheads to Alexandra's Henry's Trail, Big Whirlpool, Glacier Lake, Kinglet Lake, Loudan Creek, Icefalls Two O'clock Creek, Sunset Lookout, Owen Creek, Michelle Lakes, Siffleur Falls, Tuff Puff, Two O'clock Ridge, Coral Ridge, Vision Quest, Allstones Creek, Allstones Lake, Crescent Falls, Siffleur Falls, are all located near here. You are in bear country.

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Windy Point Ridge  
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Abraham Lake  
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Big Horn Sheep