Explore the most popular nature trips 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
11 days ago

Great hike with amazing views very quick with very quick (steep) elevation gain. Unfortunately we opted to turn back with only a short distance left to go due to snow and ice on the scree with the final scramble. Having already trudged through waist deep snow once past the ridge line - not only was the scree risky with the snow and ice we were getting pretty tired. This hike would be best avoided now until the snow melts, (unless you only intend to go to the ridge line - which the views from there are still very amazing).

We had planned on doing another trail, but ended up here in late October. The trail was pretty icy and I was glad we brought poles. Traction wear would have been good too. Good view of a couple mountain peaks along the way. We set out walking along the creek. There were many good quality bridges crossing the creek, which I thought added nicely to the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on Sunday Oct 14, 2018. Definitely bring microspikes, poles and gaiters. Well packed trail for the first few kilometers. Eventually on the way up the big hill to the first (smaller) and 2nd bigger cairn the trail is slightly packed but there's some knee deep snow in some spots. Slog up make it to the cairn. Worth the views.

Possible to go past the 2nd true cairn but conditions may be considerably sketchier in winter. Better saved for the summer. 10hikes has summer pics. Good luck.

hiking
1 month ago

I love this hike! I have done it twice so far, I find it’s a great challenge and def worth the scramble and risk to get to the summit! As long as you have the right gear and push mind over matter it’s def worth a try! I hope to do the full loop next time!

on The Wedge

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike!! Amazing view!! To get to the top you will need climbing gear and experience, I didn't see anyone else the whole day!

A bit of wayfinding is required and it’s a long trail but checking out all three lakes is well worth the effort.

hiking
2 months ago

A very simple hike to the scrambling portion. Just watch for rocks coming down from scramblers above.

awesome hike! challenging but the views are insane! you can spot Yamnuska and Ha ling from the ridge so watch the horizon! on a Wednesday we were the only ones of the trail and it was amazingly quiet at the top. Went all the way until the drop. 2h up, 1.5h down.

easy to hike and find trail

hiking
2 months ago

On a real smokey day we looked for a shorter hike to stretch the legs but didn't want to spend a lot of time outdoors. This trail fit our needs nicely. The trail along Ribbon Creek is quite scenic with several bridges that cross the creek and minimal elevation gain. Kovach steadily climbs a hill and then descends back to the parking lot for an easy hike for the whole family. There are options to make the trip longer by taking some of the trail that come off Kovach but due to the smoke, that would have to wait for another day.

hiking
2 months ago

I did this hike solo yesterday. Smokey, but it didn't affect me too much, other then the views. The views were still good, and the smoke with the sun shining through it created some nice effects. There is a register at the top in a green gun ammo box.

I did this hike as a LOOP.

Others have said do not do it as a loop, but if you are a decent scrambler, you can do some scree skiing (use treking poles) down to the dry waterfall, and make your way down to the dry river bed. There are several dry waterfalls, I used the second one from that is visible from the summit. GaiaGPS shows 3 on the map. I used the middle one. You will need to climb down a ~10foot waterfall. There are decent footholds for most of it. I had to drop the last 3feet (I'm 5'8) Do this in a group, you don't want to injure yourself and be stranded in the backcountry.

If you do the loop, you will have a long (and pretty boring) walk up the dry riverbed back to the trailhead.

nice easy hike. enjoyed how quiet it was.

hiking
2 months ago

Great scramble! Absolutely doable without ropes.
It’s a workout. What a blast!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Did this trail at the beginning of June. Other reviews weren’t kidding; very strenuous from the get-go. I only made it to where the “90%” of hikers make it too, and then I wigged out and couldn’t really go past the point when you’re looking down both sides of the ridge at once! Due to the nature of the ridge it’s uphill both ways pretty much! Still an amazing hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with amazing view, however you cannot that we saw safely summit the mountain without rock climbing equiptment or ropes and harnesses. Very difficult hike with a lot of elevation.

hiking
3 months ago

We two did this hike on 28 July, 2018. The hike is great until the base of the Wasootch Ridge Summit, and thats where 90% of the hikers get to and then turn around. The rest 9% will do the summit which is extremely steep and risky but worth it if you have enough water and energy. According to my experience only 1% will try and attempt the remaining trail that will get you to the creek. We attempted this assuming that a little more hard work will pay off once we get to the creek. However, I must say that last section downhill is the most difficult and life threatening. There was no trail or any signs of human activity after the summit. We were forced to carve our own way downhill through steep slopes of loose rock and gravel. May times we slipped, tore our gear, hurt or knees and ankles, ran out of 3 liters of water that each one of us were carrying, met dead ends and cliffs, got cramps and bruises all over etc. etc. Although we finally made it to the creek but it took us 3.5 hours to decent after the summit. Once at the creek, the hike was just a walk on the rocky creek for another 6 kms. The entire hike took us approximately 8 hours. I find ourselves lucky to have made it in time, but I would highly recommend all other hikers to not go past the summit. Please do not attempt the last section of the trail unless you are an expert.

Meh, boring

hiking
4 months ago

What a great, challenging, trail! Hiked Monday, July 2nd. The views as you continue along the ridge path get better and better as you get to higher and higher points along the ridge. I started late afternoon and had to turn back at about 4 km in at 6 PM when rain and fog set in. As others have said the wind on the many exposed areas can get cold, and temperature and weather up here can change very quickly, so bring a few different layers. The steep beginning section is challenging on the return descent (particularly after a couple hours of rain to make it muddy and slippery). Going to come back and do this in the morning on a clear day and see it all. Well worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail is in good shape. Sign posted for bear in the area. Didn’t see it but there were two piles of bear skat on the trail. Had the bear bells on and had no encounter. Both piles were on the return leg (Terrace trail) close to the end of the trail (near parking lot). The falls are much further up the Ribbon Creek trail than the loop.

hiking
5 months ago

Started the hike in reverse on the return portion of the trail and had to turn back as we had a very close encounter with a black bear. I would suggest staying off the return part of the loop and bringing bear spray if you are in this area.

This hike was moderately difficult and definitely worth the effort! We completed it in 4.5 hrs to the summit and back. Some steep ascents in there but lots of moderate up and down for the middle portion. Getting to the summit requires a bit of comfort navigating over boulders while on a ridge but felt quite safe for us as climbers, should be doable for anyone with some comfort scrambling. And the scrambling was definitely the most fun aspect of the hike! The 360degree panoramic view was pretty constant from 2km on. It was quite cold and windy on the ridge so be prepared for being very exposed to the elements. Totally recommend this hike, its a rewarding one that offers a good challenge and some hard-to-beat views!

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome views and unforgettable strong winds over the humps!

I'm a truly beginner with only 4 easy hiking experiences. It's not difficult to arrive the summit (the end of the trail) with a normal pace but this was a challenge while doing the last 500m downhill portion even with my hiking poles. (上山容易,下山難)

I'll try it again.

hiking
5 months ago

Tl;dr: bring water, trekking poles, and sunscreen, and prepare for sore knees! But great views made it all worth it.
I have been lightly hiking for 3 summers now, so I am definitely a beginner and not in great shape. The first section of uphill was brutal, but once you’re up, the views are spectacular and the hiking is more manageable. It was hard to feel a sense of progress when there was so much undulation on the trail- you would gain altitude on a hump only to lose it and have to gain it all over again. I also found it hard to find the trail at times, so it was a great opportunity to test my route-finding abilities. Coming back was a little easier until that first uphill grind- my knees and feet were screaming in pain the whole way down and my trekking poles were MUCH needed!! It was about 4 hours up to the small cairn and 2 hours back down. For someone in better shape this hike would not be as challenging and would be a good warmup. The day we went had lots of cloud cover which was appreciated as the trail is fairly exposed and we would have been cooked in the hot sun. Bring lots of water though, it’s dry up there.

hiking
5 months ago

Mt Allan / Centennial Ridge has always been my favorite and after one climb up Wasootch it is now a very close runner up. Lots of steep steep endless I-can-taste-blood-in-my-throat climbing and lot of stellar views that are extra amazing because you worked so hard to see them.

I wish I had paid more attention to the directions from previous reviewers regarding finding the trailhead. I was wandering down the riverbed for ages before suddenly remembering that someone had said you are climbing right away. Even then it took me a bit to find the trailhead in where the sheltered picnic tables are.

Also this is definitely a ridge walk, you are very very exposed up there. Bring lots of clothes and layers even if it is smoking hot down at the bottom. I think it was a pretty hot day when I went but it was very windy and cool up higher and I felt like if something nasty had blown in quickly I probably would have been too cold way too fast.

I got as far as the man-made rock shelter wall and had a nice break and snack nestled in there. The final climb to the summit looked a little too dangerous for me on my own, I didn't have a climbing helmet or anything like that, so I tried to go a bit further and then turned back. Now looking at the mapped route and altitude graph, I think I was probably supposed to go a fair distance downhill, not to the final summit, after the rock wall but wow that would have been a nasty climb back up again! Maybe next time. Beautiful hike, fantastic workout.

hiking
5 months ago

Whoa this hike was difficult! My friends and I had heard different reports of this trail - one said it was a moderate hike, 12 kms, 4-6 hours. Another said it was a difficult hike, 17 kms, and 7-8 hours, and we definitely felt it was more on the difficult side. For context, my friends and I are beginner - moderate hikers, and in pretty decent shape.

To begin, we missed the trailhead and followed a group across the flat rocky area by mistake. To find the trailhead, look opposite from the washrooms and you'll see a few picnic benches, there's a clear trail going straight up into the trees, that's the one you want.

As others have mentioned, it's a steep climb right off the bat. And I mean steep, like test your hiking fitness/lung burner/glute and leg burner steep for about 45 minutes. After that, it evens out a bit and soon after we arrived at the first 'hump' with pretty amazing 360 degree views. From there, the hike gets way more manageable - you basically go up and down over the humps of the ridge, going as far as you'd like. We made it to the third hump from the true summit (with the big rock cairn), because the scramble to the top looked pretty sketchy and beyond our abilities.

Going back was fine until the last three kilometres, it was pretty brutal on the knees going down such a steep incline, and there was lots of loose rocks and it was quite slippery, it took us what felt like hours to get down the last little bit.

Overall, it took us about 7 hours to do that round trip. Definitely bring lots of water, sunscreen, and hiking poles to help with the downhill portion. I wouldn't say this is a good hike for beginners, but it was a pretty good challenge for those who have hiked a few times.

hiking
5 months 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.

5 months 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
5 months 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
6 months 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.

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