Wasootch Peak via Kananaskis Peak Route

HARD 19 reviews

Wasootch Peak via Kananaskis Peak Route is a 5.5 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement District, Alberta, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
849 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

views

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

hiking
21 hours ago

Definitely one of the hardest hikes we’ve done this year but very rewarding once at the top. Was hard to find the trail near the bottom but once found it was easy to stay on. It is very very steep- Basically straight up hill right from the start. Didn’t see much wildlife but lots of trees to keep you cool. It was very Smokey but Once we got up high enough the smoke wasn’t an issue. Near the top there are a lot spots to scramble, very amateur scrambling though as our husky, amstaff, and chihuahua were able to make it up only having to be helped a couple of times. Watch your ankles in the scree on the way down! One of the harder “hard” rated hikes I’ve done!

hiking
20 days ago

Quite challenging since it is a steep hike almost from the very start. We did it with kids aged 8 and 10 and 2 dogs. The view at the top is worth the effort. We cooled off in the creek on way back down. Great way to end the day.

hiking
23 days ago

Steep hike for the short amount of km's but a good view of Nakiska Ski Hill at the top. Quite the scramble for the last quarter kilometre to the top and you pretty much slide down the loose rocks on the way down it. Other than that the trail is easy to follow and the views are neat.

23 days ago

Nice short hike. Great views. Steep climb right out of the gate and continues until you reach the peak. Hiked it with an 8 & 10 year old and 2 small dogs. Definitely a challenge for little legs but well worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike (July 5, 2018). Very strenuous! Really challenging from a fitness perspective. As for climbing I’m a novice but the only hard part from a climbing perspective was the steep slope of scree right before the summit. I finally gave up just prior to the summit, and found the descent on that slope hard and a bit nerve racking. Still, the view from that slope near the summit is wonderful and worth it.
Be sure to bring lots of water because it is quite a workout (for me anyways!) and once you get to the scree it’s very dry and there is no cover from the sun. Aside from that section, for much of the hike you are in the forest or in and out of it which is very nice.
Finding the trail head from Highway 40 is a little hard. There is nothing to indicate where it starts. Just look for the dry creek bed and trust your GPS (I used Google from AllTrails). There is a helpful little pile of rocks someone put but it is hard to see from the road. Once you make it up to the creek bed then there are some helpful signs that people have left, including an arrow made of rocks and another pile of rocks showing where the path begins. I included both in my photos.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing! Had it all to ourselves when a friend and I did it last year. It was steep but no technical challenges. Amazing mountain views on all sides.

hiking
2 months ago

We enjoyed the hike. Had to turn around just before the summit because of rain. I’m not sure why this is marked as a hard hike because it’s not to bad. Will go back to finish it.

2 months ago

The view was worth the effort. Really enjoyed this!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great views. Did this on May 24 2018 and the trail was clear.

3 months ago

Hiked this trail on May 11th. The conditions were good. The last couple hundred meters were a bit slippery from some recent snow. We had micro spikes with us but didn’t end up using them.

hiking
3 months ago

It’s steep.. all the way .. did it May 5th 2018 . Started at 11am done at 4pm including lunch and a dozen mini stops. The top is clear, not much snow, some people did it it runners. Hiking polls would be great. Requires scrambling a bit at the top just before the summit. Path is easy to find. Would highly recommend it!!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017