Wasootch Ridge Trail

HARD 54 reviews

Wasootch Ridge Trail is a 15.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1468 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

1 day ago

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
1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
2 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
2 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.

2 months ago

Great views.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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.

3 months ago

Always great

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

We did about 2km up and then back with 4 kids aged 4 through 7. The 4 year old needed hand held the entire way down, but was doable. Hiking poles and good shoes a definite asset! Nice views from first open area at top. Total 4.5 hours on trail including lots of breaks. Would do again. Definitely not boring with kids!

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

The first ascent is over quickly, and you get amazing views right away. We didn't have time to do the entire ridge, but I would like to go back to do it one day!

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Did not make it all the way up because of a lack of time, but what a stunning ridge hike. After a steep ascent at the beginning, there are views almost the entire way up. Well worth it to hike up and back for a few miles.

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5 months ago

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5 months ago