Distance

6.2 Miles

Elevation Gain

3182.4 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

James Hueser

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers

Get a bird's eye view of Spray Lakes on this steep hike that gets you up close and personal to Mount Lougheed.

Spray Lakes is one of my favorite areas in Kananaskis, and the view of Spray Lakes from the summit is absolutely breathtaking.

The trailhead is located along the Smith-Dorrien Trail (Spray Lakes Road) – look for a yellow sign on the eastern side of the road, about 1 mile (1.5 km) south of the Driftwood Day Use Area. Follow orange flags up the left side of the creek, where the trail will begin to climb, relatively quickly. This side of the creek is technically on Rimwall Mountain, but don't worry, the trail crosses to Windtower in about 1.8 miles (3 km).

Once you are out of the tree line, you will see the imposing cliff-face of Windtower, and the trail that traverses over to that side. Once you've crossed, the trail becomes fairly faint and requires some route-finding. The problem is that there are multiple cliff bands that need to be maneuvered. Typically, staying high is the best idea, but there is actually a well-defined trail just below the tree line, as well, so head there and look for cairns. Once you are past the cliff bands, it is one long slope up to the top!

From the summit, you get some unique perspectives on well-known mountains. You can see Mount Lougheed to the south, and the Three Sisters to the north, just behind Rimwall – Little Sister is the most prominent.

Community Photos

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating:  Rate this Adventure

Have you done this adventure? Leave a review!

Distance

6.2 Miles

Elevation Gain

3182.4 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

James Hueser

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Hike Spencer Creek

Adventure

Snowshoe to Old Goat Glacier

Adventure

Scramble up Mount Sparrowhawk for Sunrise

Adventure

Trail Run on the Wind Ridge-Bow Valley

More Nearby Adventures

Related Stories

destinations

8 Bucket List Canyoneering Adventures in Southern Utah

It's cold, rainy and windy at home, which means I'm daydreaming about Southern Utah.

how-to

Senate Passes Historic Public Lands Package

This is great news, but we still need you to take action!

chillin

Baja for the Holidays 2018 Spotify Playlist

Because no road trip is complete without an epic playlist.

More Stories