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The view on top is majestic, but extremely windy, better get thick gloves and good jacket.

Great day up Wasootch! Took me 2:10 up and 1:40 down with a steady pace and only a couple of short breaks. Poles are definitely helpful on this trail, bring em along.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike for the first time this morning with our Dog Club, it was easy and enjoyable. Non-hikers commented that it was approachable and the most experienced felt that the scenery to Karst Spring was well worth the first few boring kilometres. Bonus, it was nice and quiet at this time of the year with a few inches of snow on the ground plus the sun was out for most of our trip.

1 month ago

Really nice and easy but don’t go there when it’s cloudy , the end of the trail was completely fog :( but still nice hike for beginner !! I enjoyed it with my dog and women ! It took us 3 h back and forth

Enjoyable hike with scenic views of the spray lakes for most of the way. The campground is closed so parked at the further parking lot and walked along the road 1km to the trailhead. The initial trail was flat terrain for about 2 km but quite icy in multiple spots. Took us 3.5 hours to get to the beginning of the lateral moraine, from where the glacier would probably be visible in summer. We turned around at this point due to knee-height snow and undefined trail/glacier. Decent winter hike but lack of reward in reaching the destination. Fresh snowfall would make the trail more difficult to follow in winter. However, would recommend with variety of terrain and views.

Short and nice. Windy but not as bad as windtower! Will go back in the summer for a change of season!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike.

I would probably rate this hike somewhere between moderate and hard, depending on the weather conditions. Although, it’s a must to do day hike. The elevation gain is impressive and one might find it hard. However, if you choose your comfortable pace, it’ll be nothing but fun. We did it on October 20. Recent snow falls in the area made us a little worried about the route, but the warm weather and the trail location ( south-west facing) , we found almost all snow had melted and the surface was in perfect condition, except for a few snowy patches on the top. We walked to the north peak as well, which added another 400 meters to the distance. If you ever to do the same, be aware of strong wind gusts and narrowness of the ridge leading to the north peak., especially with snow on it. Great views open up as soon as you clear the tree line. Was totally worth driving from Edmonton for a day trip

hiking
1 month ago

You don’t even have to hike lots to see gorgeous views. The trail is not clearly marked and it does intersect with other bike friendly trails. This isn’t bike friendly. I wish there were more signs along the trail because it is easy to deviate off it. It’s also not very popular which means moments of undisturbed quiet.
There were snow packed areas towards the top where there wasn’t much sunshine but nothing scary. Just have good non slip footwear. I didn’t need poles and crampons.
Just like its name, the top was windy. But spectacular views.

Gorgeous hike on a snowy trail. The yellow larches and mountains were stunning against the blue sky & snow. Glad that we found it.

Fairly new to hiking and found this to be a perfect adventure for my skill level. Amazing views of Spray Lake and the surrounding mountains. The pass was snow covered as was most of the trail up. There are a few steep and wet spots where the trail really thins out. We had a beautiful sunny day but would have liked cleats in parts. Nice to see the Wind Tower peak so close but would not want to attempt summiting that this time of year.

on West Wind Pass

hiking
2 months ago

Went on Saturday Oct 13 (the year winter came early). Snow covered the trail the whole way with some bare spots on the bottom 3rd.
The trail was well packed and easy to see and navigate till the top. At the top, it appeared to be less traveled and then the trail disappeared on the last little bit. Here we had to trudge through some deeper snow (would sink to your knees roughly) to get to the other side and see the valley.
I'd recommend cleats and gators. Weather was cold and windy at the top.
As mentioned before, park right at the trail head as opposed to driftwood parking lot.
Did the whole trip in 3.5hrs, that included walking around exploring at the top and having a lunch/beer! Great hike for beginners that want to step it up a notch.

Great Hike! Just did it on Sunday, October 14th; there was lots of snow and it was a fun workout. We got to the glacier; we were the only people doing the hike so the snow was fresh and the views were amazing. We hiked the flat part and going up the mountain and then snowshoed for a couple of hours to the glacier.

Went Oct 8 and there is 2 feet of snow. Only made it to the waterfall and lost the trail several times. Done for the season but did this in the summer and it's well worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, difficult during the snow fall of September 2018 due to the amount of slippery slopes. Easily overcome with micro spikes

hiking
2 months ago

Took a chance on this hike post 60cm of snow. Trails were marked and had enough travel. Great short hike with wonderful views and the many larch on the trail were full gold.
We’ve done Ptarmigan Circe for many years at thanks giving but this hike has less wind, is quieter and still has great vistas.
Will do again. There were hikers, snowshoers and cross country skiers out today.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, steep the last 2/3rds to the top. Snow covered last quarter, definitely need hiking boots or trail running shoes.

did this trip to see Larches, with a group of women. despite fresh snow, the larches did not disappoint. This is a great hike for most abilities. I'm planning on taking my daughter back this weekend. some moderately short steep section on the entrance from the lot with the snow in place poles ar highly recommended. There was one short log to cross where those who brought poles shared to allow others safer crossing.

rock climbing
2 months ago

Did this hike Sept 23. Very steep, but once you get used to going straight uphill it's easier to keep your breath. Scrambling up the rocks was super fun.

My friend and I got stuck just before the summit, as she did not feel confident enough once it became extremely steep. I read that you should stick to the right of the main trail to avoid hitting basically a vertical rock wall, but even going to the right it still appeared way too steep to make it to the top, so we sadly turned around.

At the bottom we met some fellow hikers and I asked them if they made it to the top. They did confirm you should stick to the right of the trail, they also said it took them two tries to actually summit it, so I'll just have to try again sometime!

hiking
3 months ago

Great little hike with views all around on the last half of the trail. Take a hard left shortly after the river crossing and the trail will take you close to the base of the mountain. From here it’s a steep hike on loose rocks, but if you can find the cairns slightly left of the GPS track it will make it somewhat easier of a climb to the summit. Nothing too difficult about this trail besides the steepness. Good views of the higher peaks in the area as well (Rae, Arethusa, Storm, and Tyrwhitt).

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty steep hike and you have to really make sure where you're going because the trail is poorly marked. But once you get to the top, the view of the water on one side and the valley on the other side are incredible. Highly recommend. TAKE YOUR TIME. Breathtaking hike for breathtaking views.

A terrific hike starting through a pretty much straight pleasant hike through forest. At around 2.8 km you will be at the bottom of a majestic range surrounding you. Breathtaking views in every direction. Small rocks and earth dot the rest of the way up. We made it to 6800 feet when heavy rains forced us to turn back.

on West Wind Pass

hiking
3 months ago

This hike is so beautiful. The comments on here helped a lot. I would recommend parking closer to the trail head and not at the Driftwood parking lot (it adds about a good chunk of time to the hike).

Beautiful scenery here along the highest known highway in Alberta. Highwood is an easy rout to the ridge where you can dance around the view points. There’s a flag way up there after a bit of a scramble, if you dare. Happy hiking.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike all the way through. Breeze through a beautiful mossy forest to start this awesome hike, but don’t let this easy section of the hike fool you, once you break through the alpine you have a hard steep road ahead, but the reward is far worth it. Beautiful scenery of the Spray Lakes is viewable from the peak summit. Carry on for another 30 minutes along a loose rock ridge and you’ll find yourself at the glacier doorstep. I would recommend a good pair of hiking boots and poles as the loose rock becomes unstable at times.

3 months ago

Amazing hike! But you really do need to keep staying to the right, we ended up on a cliff and had to turn around haha till we found the right trail! Amazing once you get to the top!

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike, last 100m to the summit was risky, spikes 100% necessary 13/04/2018

The trail is not well marked we got lost and ended climbing up and going down several times trying to find the right trail, lots of steep incline and loose gravel.

Pretty walk through the forest for the first bit of the trail next to a stream. Totally lost the trail once we got to the scree though. Went up the wrong way and had a heck of a time getting back down lol. Keep hard left once you exit the trees and look for the small rock piles to re find the trail.

So, I read all the reviews about this hike and everyone was pretty spot on.
I would like to note that instead of parking at the driftwood day use to go up the road just a little further. The actual trail head for the west wind pass is closer to this entrance, otherwise you hike about an extra 30-40 minutes. We ended up turning back and then driving farther up thinking we were on the wrong trail all together.
The main trail sign you see is called high rockies trail. You will find a branch off for the west wind pass.
The trail is steep. I'm a beginner and it's doable but it took a bit longer than an hour and yes, there's a section closer to the top that's hard to see the trail and we went the wrong way and had to come back down, so just take your time and keep right, look ahead if you can't see the trail clearly, it will help you see the best route to go.
Have good hiking shoes. This is not a nature walk, the terrain is loose. You may want a walking stick too, just so a little extra support.
For cooler days I'd recommend some gloves for up top and a windbreaker as well.
It's getting 4 star because the trail was a bit hard to locate. I've posted some photo's to help others on their venture.
Definitely would go again.

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