Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It was a very very hard hiking trail for us. No visible path all the way. Alltrails map helped alot, otherwise we would be lost. Wind was horrible and spoiled everything. View are gorgeous. Just make sure you go when it is 0 wind. Took us 9 hours. I would recommend a helmet, because of massive scrambling and falling rocks. And stay on the path! It is basically on the ridge after you reach Midday peak.
Also when you are starting your scramble to Midday from the creek - go thru the forest. Do not climb in the smooth rock pathway, it is not safe.
I do NOT RECOMMEND this hike for no or little experienced hikers.

hiking
3 days ago

Steep at the start so it’s a bit of a cardio blaster, beautiful views throughout.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
4 days ago

Passable to true summit with careful routefinding. Icy in trees in am, slushy afternoon, snowy rock on ridge. Look for cairns to bypass difficult scrambling as needed.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
6 days ago

A great two peak combo! I recommend hitting Midday first, then traversing over to Midnight. Reasons:
1. The scrambling from the bottom of the ravine is very direct, and has a long section of slabbed rock that is a blast to ascend.
2. The descent down Midday to Midnight allows you to take advantage of the snow and the small ascent up Midnight gets a lot of sun, so it is clear and dry.
3. If you do Midday last, the down scramble would be very tricky, and you’d have a long 4km walk out in the bottom of a ravine. The other way gives you a long and beautiful ridge walk out, and you have constant views of the valley.
The route is definitely ready for the season. Take microspikes with you as a precaution. I didn’t need mine, but as more snow melts there will be more icy sections.

hiking
muddy
snow
6 days ago

Of my favorites in the area! Straight up from the start and a couple more steep sections but nothing to terrible. Worth the views

hiking
snow
10 days ago

Really great hike with amazing views nearly the whole time. At this time of year you cannot complete the whole AllTrails mapped hike because there is still snow and the ridge gets narrow - we got to about the 5.5-6km mark on the way out and had to stop (and no one else had gone further based on footprints in the snow). It was super windy so wear a good windbreaker. Poles and crampons were super helpful at this time in the season. Not too strenuous but the beginning has a very steep incline, the rest is relatively flat with a few short lived steeper inclines and a few other gradual inclines.
Overall highly recommend! Would definitely go back in the summer months to finish the whole thing!

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike. Amazing views. Deep snow around km 8.5-10 all the way to the falls. Falls frozen but still an incredible hike.

on Midnight Peak Ridge

hiking
10 days ago

NOT an established trail, walking on dead-fall. Nice views.

Beginning is straight up but doable, need microspikes and poles for sure. Views are amazing! Will come back in the summer

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
16 days ago

definitely a challenge! didn't have poles or proper shoe gear which made it interesting to get down as it was super slippery. Overall a great hike with gorgeous views!

Good hike wouldn’t say it’s hard just more long than anything, very easy route finding, zero exposure but very scenic we did this just before the closure this year

hiking
rocky
snow
18 days ago

04-06-2019. Perfect day for the ridge walk. A bit of snow and ice in some spots but was good enough in hiking shoes. At the top of the ridge the snow gets a bit deep.

hiking
scramble
18 days ago

NNW ridge. Exposed scramble. April 6 felt a bit too early this year!

Apr 6, 2019: awesome views!

hiking
scramble
snow
18 days ago

April 6 2019, an early spring scramble on a beautiful and long ridge. Made it to the summit. The snow conditions are very manageable along the entire route (Microspikes highly recommended). We decided to make the tough decision to try descent route on the back and travel along the bottom valley back to the parking lot. While the descent posed no problem, the valley was still covered in knee high snow. Gaiters saved 2 of 3 of us... and we had one suffering friend, but we went to task and got out of there. Highly recommend at least waiting until May before doing the back descent route, just turn around and take the ridge back. I actually think this is still the fastest way back regardless.

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off trail
rocky
scramble
28 days ago

Are you energetic, poetic, athletic, with good credit? Then just move it like I am Simon and I said it!! Wasootch Ridge did not disappoint. The trail is awesome even in the fog and the vertical is easier to handle than it appears. A real American hero! The snow is getting soft so expect to sink in.

Awesome hike! Did this yesterday- March 23. Trail was in surprisingly good condition. The majority of the trail was dry or muddy with some snowy patches. Only one section where the snow was quite deep (knee to hip depth) but this section was very short. I would definitely recommend spikes and maybe poles.

hiking
1 month ago

Done the trail today but not touch the last slippery rock. The view is amazing and I love it. I’ll come back again in summer for the last rock

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Well packed trail - microspikes and poles a must (for winter). Amazing views.

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

Did this hike on a hot July day. We were in shade most of the way, so that helped with the 30+C weather. Quite flat in places for a ways. But it allowed time to look at the beautiful flowers and trees, and hear the river until you start the way up to the waterfall - still an easy hike tho, then past the waterfall it’s a fairly steep ascent to the chains. For those that are reasonably in shape, it’s not an issue. I would not recommend this part of the hike after the waterfall to those with mobility or balance issues. It is certainly passable for most hikers. Just be careful. The view from the top is absolutely stunning. The huge waterfall is brilliant and worth it. We did the hike leisurely and took pictures, took us about 6 -7 hours if I recall correctly. If I did it again, I would do an overnight. There are spaces for tents. There’s only a couple outhouses along the way, unfortunately. Bears were also in the area. Great day, but our feet were tired when we were done.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike a couple weekends ago. It was quite steep to start but doable - I had microspikes on my boots and poles. I ended breaking both poles on the way down

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome views. Did this hike in a group last week and first part is pretty tough straight up but once it levels out, it’s wonderful. It’s a great hike, recommend your spikes for sure tho

hiking
1 month ago

Last Saturday visited. Thick snow but compacted by many hikers. First 150 m is quite steep and slippery. After that trail is perfect

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect weather day for hiking up Wasootch Ridge! Bring your microspikes as there are some slippery spots on the trail up to the ridge. Going for the summit at the end of the ridge requires some careful climbing on the icy/snowy rocks and boulders. Hiking the ridge though is just straight forward hiking.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
3 months ago

Hiked up yesterday. Trail is mostly snow covered so bring your spikes.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing conditions for mid January. Bring your micro spikes, especially for the downhill.

besides the wind at the begining, the conditions were great as of January 12th!

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