Explore the most popular forest 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Awesome hike to enjoy with the whole family. We did however see a black bear by the parking lot in the bush. So be sure to check online for bear sittings before you go out, and don't forget bear spray!

Hiked Wasootch Ridge on Sunday. May 20th. The conditions were spectacular. The ascent is a workout and as you climb the 360 views along the way are beautiful. The trails are clear and the crocuses are in bloom :) a fantastic way to spend the day.

2 days ago

Perfect for a young family! Our two year old walked a good part of the way.
Very pretty and lots of bridges which the kiddos loved

hiking
3 days ago

IMPORTANT: This loop will not bring you to the Ribbon Falls.
If you want to see the falls then you can expect less than 12km one way, which brings you to a small back country campground (Ribbon Falls Backcountry campsite).
There are smaller falls throughout, but nowhere near as big.
We did ~20km after expecting to do 5-8km, and it was not difficult (cooler day, little water, few snacks).
Coverage is decent, but sunscreen to be safe.
You'll follow the creek all the way to the end.
Saw various ages and body types on the trail.

The loop described is alright, but I'd encourage doing the further trail and returning.
May long had snow for the last 1km only, but was compact.

hiking
11 days ago

Really good hike - mostly exposed to the sun so pack for the elements. Made it to the 2nd last ridge where the trail seems to get more complicated. Steep for the first little bit, but evens out for 2/3rds of it.

Hiked this trail on May 11th. The conditions were good. The last couple hundred meters were a bit slippery from some recent snow. We had micro spikes with us but didn’t end up using them.

hiking
16 days ago

A great hike with a steep start and had a few areas of snow where you can fall past knee deep; you can avoid some of it. We only went as far as the cairn prior to the start of the Wasootch peak. Once pass the tree line, wear a hat & apply/re-apply sunscreen as the sun can be intense. Great views all around and I wouldn't mind doing it again.

It’s steep.. all the way .. did it May 5th 2018 . Started at 11am done at 4pm including lunch and a dozen mini stops. The top is clear, not much snow, some people did it it runners. Hiking polls would be great. Requires scrambling a bit at the top just before the summit. Path is easy to find. Would highly recommend it!!

This is a great hike. It is pretty steep right out of the parking lot. Currently there is still some deep snow that you can fall up to your knees in. I used my traction cleats for some sections of the way down. Great views and a great work out. Trail head is right behind the small green square sign in the parking lot. Bring lots of water and enjoy. There isn’t a ton of tree cover once you clear the trees so bring your sunscreen and hat.

360 degree views the entire time! So beautiful and such a good workout.

Fantastic hike! Crampons are a must. Steep incline at the onset but views right away. Quite windy along the ridge but some of the best views I’ve got in Kananaskis. Worth every bit of effort, can’t wait to hike it in the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice views quickly after putting in some work! Be sure to wear spikes if there is snow still. Went today and it felt like we were rebreaking trail in some spots! Will be going again in the summer!

hiking
1 month ago

Great spikes trail. Easy to follow trail for the first part, snow had filled in the packed trail in the middle sections of the ups and downs but still could follow. Fantastic views at all times except for the steep part after leaving the parking lot. Great winter trail!

Loved this hike. Little hard to find the trail head but it’s just behind the green map sign. Goes straight into a hectic ascent but eventually ends up in a nice undulating climb. Wore crampons and gators and they were both necessary. Beautiful views

hiking
2 months ago

Love this hike! Views are spectacular!

hiking
2 months ago

Some of the best views you can get so close to the city! If you have the time and patience, scramble all the way to the summit for unreal 360 degree views. The ups and downs are tiring on the way back since its about 16km round trip.

hiking
3 months ago

Physically challenging pretty much right out of the parking lot. A lot of undulating hills along the ridge will have you cursing on the way back. Stunning views in every direction from up top.

hiking
4 months ago

Wasootch Day Use Area is 17 KM south on Kananaskis Trail (Hwy 40). The trail head is fairly easy to locate but you are presented with a myriad of trails right at the onset. I found the best route is to immediately bear right towards the picnic bench and then follow the trail up from there. Note: The green trail map sign at the trailhead will tell you nothing of the trail to the ridge. It’s a fairly strenuous climb at first; edgy sections with small exposure, loose rock over slab, ~160m gain in 0.5km. Once on the ridge, it’s a series of up and down to several peaks. . I hit 5 minor peaks and only hiked just over half the trail! This day I just didn’t have the energy. The views all around are what makes this trip worthwhile. Right from the start, just turn around and take in the scenery, it’s breathtaking. I covered around 8.5km total trip, with ~765m elevation gain. The return trip would have been fairly treacherous if it was wet, lucky for me it stayed

This hike had my favorite ridge walk to date! I regret having my ankle boots on so am excited to tackle this again in 2018 with my salomans!!

Completed the entire ridge yesterday, was in excellent condition. If you walk the entire ridgeline to the true summit (which is much more fun than side stepping the ridge to scramble up some scree to the summit), be prepared for some exposure, narrow parts of the ridge, some downclimbs and climbing up some fun slabs. Always double check foot and hand holds as it is Kananaskis and the rock is not very stable. The true summit is marked with a stick in the rock and a small carin. For decent you can bypass the ridge and go along the south scree, but returning along the ridge is much more fun. If you choose to do the entire ridge, you should be a confident scrambler or climber.

hiking
6 months ago

Ended up needed to turn around after the second ridge due to snow and wind it was a great hike!

nice view the entire way! I didn't know when to stop!

hiking
7 months ago

Tried to do this yesterday. Was forced to turn back from the insane wind gusts a couple peaks before the summit. The original ascent is fairly steep, but then it gets easier once you start going over the peaks.

hiking
7 months ago

Late review-- but did this hike on September 5th 2017. There's a very steep incline that awaits you as you start the hike. I cannot stress enough to bring a hiking pole. Beautiful hike!! although we had limited visibility of the actual colours and uniqueness of the mountains because of the forest fire. You feel really close to the mountains. Bring lots of water and be prepared to be exposed in open environment. No shade up top unlike the others. Would recommend!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike! Pretty in fall. A description we read said "start without preamble" - this is a perfect description. Several sections of steep ascent, but nothing too intense. Beautiful undulating ridge walk with short easy scramble to finish. Did not do the very last section with the more technical scramble.

very easy hike but a beautiful end point!! you get a very 'forest' feel!

7 months ago

Great views.

Well worth the grief at the start
Poles are a good idea for coming down

hiking
8 months ago

Just did it yesterday up to the peak. The last portion I would lean towards calling it anything but hiking.We needed to go past where the trail description calls for it to go down hill. That's where things got interesting.

Always great

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