Wasootch Ridge Trail is a 9.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.6 miles Elevation Gain: 4,760 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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As of April 2020, there are road closures to the trailheads. Remember proper gear when hiking during winter months.

hiking
1 day ago

Very little snow left! Starts off with you going straight up but then settles once you hit the ridge.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Amazing hike with some amazing views. Very steep at the start but then it lightens up to a fairly decent hike with amazing views throughout. Went to the true summit and be warned as the last hour was very sketchy and technical to complete. Would recommend this trail to anyone but would only recommend the last hour to experienced hikers as there is a lot of skree and scrambling to the top with large cliffs. The views at the top were absolutely breath taking. Very little snow and some mud throughout but very desirable hiking conditions. Completed the entire trail in 6.5 hours.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

10/10 recommend! It’s a lung burner right out of the parking lot, but you are rewarded with great views early into the hike. Getting to the summit didn’t seem safe with our 4 legged hiking buddy, but we were very close. Trail was mostly dry. No need for micro spikes or poles. It was busy today, surprisingly so. However everyone was friendly and respecting social distancing.

hiking
3 days ago

May 24th 2020 Trail for everyone! Starts off steep but nothing a good pair of hiking boots can’t handle. One little scree like section but absolutely no exposure and good under foot and not steep! The ridge arrives quickly and from this point it really is a question of what you want to do, summit a peak at the end or casually walk the ridge with panoramic views, the ridge is 8km and parts roll up and down, it’s all mostly in tree line until the last section before the summit but the trees are short and open spaces everywhere. Lots of people just choose a spot to relax and then turn around. This hike would definitely interest a peak bagger, a casual hiker and a determined family. Sadly, lots of off leash dogs and a few groups soundtracking theirs and your hike which is just obnoxious. Also heard of a rock fall/throwing? incident which resulted in a climber being badly injured. Yesterday someone was also seen throwing boulders off EEOR whilst carrying a machete....perhaps COVID isn’t the main worry in Kananaskis....

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rocky
scramble
3 days ago

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

Today’s hike was awesome! The trail goes immediately up from the parking lot and gets you quite a bit of elevation gain from the start. Once your on the ridge you go up and down a bit. There was a bit of snow but nothing crazy. Even with the clouds the views were amazing!

hiking
4 days ago

Excellent hike, as always and today was sunny and (relatively) calm. The trail has a small amount of snow but no spikes needed. It was crowded today but nobody we encountered was unreasonable and there was good social distancing all around. There is an developing issue near the bottom on the descent: a new trail is emerging that many people are accidentally taking. It is a steep and slightly sketchy descent to the creek. It skirts just above a climbing face and today a hiker dislodged a rock that hit a climber who had to be evacuated by ambulance. Check the heatmap overlay here: don't take the wrong trail - stay right at a non-obvious split near the top of the final "flat" just before the final steep descent through the trees. I believe Alberta Parks will be marking this but until they do this phantom trail creates danger for climbers below, and is also an unpleasant descent for hikers.

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off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
4 days ago

Went up the backside of Wasootch on Saturday May 23, 2020. If you want a challenge that is it! For those of you that don’t want to just ascend from parking lot and follow the trail, you can follow the river bed up to the backside of the ridge and descend from the ridge back. There was some snow, a lot of scree and scramble to get up but well worth it. It made descending a lot harder on the body. We were lucky that the weather was great at the beginning. There was rain, fog and snow when we summited and was beautiful once we decent.

hiking
4 days ago

Great ridge hike! Was hard to find the trailhead at first. It starts near the picnic tables and there is a teepee at the beginning. Pretty steep right off the bat but once you get on the ridge the views are beautiful. Took about 3 hours round trip including stopping for lunch.

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

I walked the Wasootch Creek trail all the way to end where it meets up with the back part of the Ridge trail and made it a loop so I took the ridge trail back. The scramble up to the top was intense, lots of loose rocks but I managed. I would not recommend going down that way though, would be very sketchy. Also would not recommend taking dogs on the Ridge part. Awesome views and cool experience walking along the ridge but a very long hike, didn't see anyone except in the creek below. Very glad I had a pole. The way down is pretty steep and once your legs are already sore from the long hike, can be dicey.

hiking
6 days ago

Did this hike on May16th. It quite busy to start off but the crowds thinned out 15 minutes in. Half of our group made it to the summit. At the last carin, there is a short down climb and then a ridge walk with some decent exposure and a scramble. We did it with poles and gators, and no micro spikes. Loved this summit, would recommend going for it for those with scrambling experience.

loved this hike, this was our first outing of the season and we made it to the false summit just due to icy conditions in the scrambling section. We did 12.5km (5 hrs) out of this hike and it definitley keeps you on your toes as the ridge goes up and down so your heart rate is all over the place lol.. the snow conditions this sunday were not that bad but definitley make sure you have proper hiking boots not a hike to do in runners and definitley recommend poles. we got there and it was drizzling but as we made our way up, the sky opened up and had lots of sun all the way, awesome day with awesome views.

hiking
9 days ago

Hiked this today. Started at 9:30am. Trail was dry, other than some easily avoidable patches of snow. Not too busy. Love this hike!

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful day! Started off with a little bit of clouds and light rain. She’s a steep one to start for sure. Poles are recommended and even some light micro spikes - when the snow is melty/slush under the sun. There is a part of the trail where there is a fairly steep down climb. Either way is possible it get down. Only do so if comfortable. This hike is awesome. Has it all. Steep booty blast, technical rock and mini scrambling, ridge walk, gorgeous views! Absolutely worth it.

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off trail
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

Great day out, hiked this one May 18. We made it to the summit without microspikes. It is mostly dry with some snow matches the whole way up. If you're going to the summit, be ready for some scrambling and exposure. It is so worth the effort, it was a ton of fun. If you're just going to the cairns not the summit, it's a moderately strenuous hike with beautiful views. Finding the trail on the descent is tricky.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

This hike was beautiful but not for the faint of heart. If you're a beginner just know that the first leg of the hike is steep and long. Needed to take quite a few breaks to make it up. Once you hit the ridge it makes it all worth it. The way down got tricky as we accidentally followed people down and veered south which ended up putting us on the creek side of the mountain. We ended up having to navigate at the end what was essentially just a large rock face and had to slide our way down. Quite a bit of an unexpected challenge at the very end. P.S be warned there were tics on all three of us by the end of the day!

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail. A little bit of snow but otherwise clear. Not super busy.

hiking
11 days ago

Tough at the beginning but absolutely beautiful once you get to the ridge. Getting to the peak was moderate to difficult and very windy. Once you get to the peak the view was high reward!

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