Wasootch Ridge Trail

HARD 58 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

hiking
4 days 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
1 month 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

hiking
2 months ago

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!!

2 months 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
3 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 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
4 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
4 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.

4 months ago

Great views.

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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.

5 months ago

Always great

hiking
6 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!

hiking
7 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!

hiking
7 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.

7 months ago

great views!

hiking
7 months ago

Great views!!!
The trail is a steep climb for the first 30-40 mins than it's pretty breezy. You can determine how far you adventure along the ridge which is nice.
I'll definitely do this hike again

hiking
8 months ago

Moderate, nice views.

hiking
8 months ago

Great fun. I had it on gps at 9.5 km in to the summit but the adventurous can continue on. Couple of tricky spots especially for the inexperienced but overall a great up and down hike with a fantastic finish. Keep the camera handy as lots of great picture ops. Find the picnic tables then head straight up. Easy to follow trail

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