Windy Ridge Pond is located at the base of Windy Point Ridge in Bighorn Backcountry, Alberta, Canada.
First off, the name Windy Ridge Pond is my creation. There is no printed reference to a name which I can find. The water source is uncertain and the pond may not be permanent. Source possibilities include spring-feed, runoff and the Abraham Lake water table. The obvious trail, at the same trail head as Windy Point Ridge, is well traveled. The trail veers to the right from the highway and travels in gentle descent between the base of Windy Point Ridge, past and through a forest border above the pond. This is a very pleasant, easy, and brief hike. In saunter mode it might be possible to extend the time to an hour.
Within a short distance, the reason the well-traveled trail exists becomes immediately obvious. Forest on the left diminishes to a significant stretch of bare, vertical rock. Several pitches are bolted and anchored. This is a quick and easy access rock climbing area.
The trail leaves the rock wall and forest area into an open bowl near pond level. To the left, there are numerous, major opportunities for undocumented hikes and scrambles to nearby modest peaks. There are additional rock climbing opportunities as well.
It is a reminder update the 5th edition of 'Sport Climbs in the Canadian Rockies' authored by John Martin and Jon Jones to the upcoming 7th Edition to discover if any of the multiple rock climbing opportunities in Bighorn Backcountry are being included.
Due to other plans for the day, including Hoodoo Creek and Whitegoat Falls, the next step will be a hike past the base of the pond and up a rocky ramp to David Thompson Highway. The crossing is less risky here than at Windy Point. Given more time, there is a small, rocky peninsula jutting out into Abraham Lake which begs to be climbed upon. The diversity of terrain and features in this area make the location a photographic paradise. From here there is a good view of Phoebe's reclining profile on the west face of prominent Mount Michener across Abraham Lake.
The walk back to the car at Windy Point parking is short. Skies remain moody with dark, high-elevation, storm cells forming over major, surrounding mountain summits. The aquamarine color of Lake Abraham is soothing. Gusts of breeze form moving artistry on the lake's surface.
The drive is a short distance south on David Thompson Highway (Hwy 11) from Windy Point to hike the much anticipated Hoodoo Creek.
Photographs for this short, easy hike around Windy Ridge Pond were captured mid-day on Sunday, July 26, 2015.