Wasootch Creek Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length3.6 miElevation gain734 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsBird watchingForestViewsRockyScramble
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Stacey Scott
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Backpacking

Fun mini early spring backpacking trip. Pretty creek. I’ll look forward to exploring further in the summer.

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Jenn Putney
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Hiking

This was great just enough snow for a flat stable walk on the river bed. A sunny blue sky day with only a little wind. Very flat minimal incline.

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Roslyn Bourak
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SnowshoeingGreat!Snow

Great day! Lots of snow and perfect snowshoeing weather. Beautiful views along the creek. Until the trail gets packed down, I’d recommend sticking to snowshoes, but you could probably manage without - wouldn’t be as much fun, though, imo.

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Rose Castillo
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SnowshoeingRockySnow

Snowshoes are definitely required past the first 500m or so. Parts of the creek valley end up creating wind tunnels, so expect your tracks to be covered on the way back if its windy. Wouldn't be my first choice but a good option for days with high avalanche risk or poor weather. For a creek bed the views are surprisingly good. Every so often there are rocky sections/steps so I wouldn't bring skis up here. If you know what to look for most of the creek bed has a packed trail (packed for snowshoes, would NOT support just boots) where snowshoes will only sink a few inches for the most part. However if you don't know what to look for or the wind has changed from the prevailing direction, expect to be breaking trail.

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Gary Guo
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Kristieanne Halverson
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Hiking

Good for kids that can’t really do a elevated hike. Still challenging despite the loose rocks

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Ilaria De Campo
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Hiking

There is no actual trail to walk on and the entire thing is a rock bed. This meaning rolled ankles and my dogs feet are all torn up. Also no very exciting. It would be better if there was an actual trail.

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Valentina Vallega
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Hiking

Did not complete. It was along the dry riverbed, not very entertaining.

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Monique Marguerie
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

This full loop hike (Wasootch ridge and then down to Wasootch creek) is not for the faint of hearted. We did not really know what we were getting ourselves into. The trail up to the peak was absolutely beautiful with some technically challenging areas. I recommend making it to the summit. But then I would turn around and go back the way you came. The way down to the creek trail is extremely steep with loose shale. I would not recommend.

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Alix G
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Did this today as a bit of a trailblazing loop. The first five or so km are pretty moderate, with bouts of incline, followed by easy plateaus. If you don't want a challenging hike, turn back then. Otherwise, prepare to scramble along the ridge and do a bit of route-finding to the summit. For experienced hikers and scramblers, this is pretty fun! The rock is grippy with lots of holds. Not as dicey as nearby Baldy, but you still have to mind your footing, and it gets quite narrow, so folks not liking heights might get pretty spooked. Be prepared for nearly constant exposure the whole hike, which today meant wind, rain, and hot sun. Advantage was awesome 360 views the whole way up and no bugs. We followed a rough path down from the summit that lead to the river bed, rather than backtracking. Wouldn't recommend unless experienced descending on scree and down-climbing. If you get off route, especially in the first few km, be VERY CAREFUL not to loosen rocks if you get close to the west dropoff of the ridge, as there are climbing routes below. A climber was injured that way earlier in the summer. Up until the ridge scrambling, this would be a dog-friendly hike. Wouldn't be able to safely get my decently hardy and athletic ACD to the summit along the ridge. Take poles, wear proper hiking boots, scrambling gloves helped. Prepare for varying weather conditions. Enjoy!

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El Willier
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HikingNo shadeRocky

There is little to no shade. Only small sections of the creek are actually flowing. I did however find a small waterfall. The "trail" is not well marked or well established. Spent the whole time stumbling over rocks and watching our feet. When we stopped to take in the views they were beautiful. I would like to come back and try some other trails in the area. I will not be doing THIS hike again and do not recommend it. The rock climbing however did look quite good.

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Melissa Morrison
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Tried this one today. Creek is mostly dried up and found it too boring. We ended up turning around and leaving.

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Jimmy D
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Not much of a hike to be had here. It’s all river rock all the way to the beginning of the ascent to Wasootch Ridge. Which is just under 7km. There are some nice waterfalls and water features near the end of this hike. Just FYI you can gain the ridge and make this into a loop by hiking up the drainage at the end of the ridge. There’s no real trail until about 2/3 the way up at which point it becomes a moderate/difficult scramble. There is low to moderate exposure “hiking” back along the ridge and there are options for skirting the more difficult ridge sections.

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Deb. l.g
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Hiking

Creek bed hike... nice weather, good scenery.

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Corina Kluge
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HikingRockyScramble

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, 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. Creek itself was cool but nothing special.

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Justin Heslin
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HikingSnow

Very nice walking trail. About 1.5 km in the snow gets very deep. Would recommend snowshoes for anyone over 150 lbs.

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Micheal Forsey
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HikingSnow

We took the kids and dog for short snowshoe up the creek, it was a great way to end the day

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