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Rimwall Hike


  • Rimwall



  • November 5, 2022



  • Ed, Craig, Oak



  • 18 km from Canmore, heading south on the Spray Lakes Road
  • park on the right-hand side of the road, then cross the road
  • this is the same trailhead as West Wind Pass and Windtower
  • a few minutes up the trail, it crosses the High Rockies biking trail, so be sure to look for the sign that points to the trail up West Wind Pass
  • the turn off the West Wind Pass trail onto Rimwall is about a km up the trail and is not well marked, so it’s best to use your GPS
  • we meandered virtually straight up, following faint depressions in the snow and constantly checking out GPS to stay close to the trail



Degree of difficulty:

  • we grunted our way through what went from ankle-deep to waist-deep snow and stopped just before the tree line
  • 900 meters of elevation gain (we did 400 meters)
  • 7.5 km out and back (we did 3.5 km)
  • the hike took us two and a half hours
  • the trail starts out as a gentle but steady climb until you turn off the West Wind Pass up Rimwall, where it becomes much steeper
  • we put our grippers on at the start, which turned out to be a smart move



Interesting notes:

  • it was a last-minute decision to test out part of this trail that we’ve been pondering for a while
  • there are great views through some breaks in the trees looking south to Spray Lakes and the surrounding peaks such as Windtower, Mount Lougheed, and Little Lougheed
  • we plan to head back in the spring after the snow melts to get to the summit
  • we only encountered three other people who were wending their way up the main trail en route to Windtower


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