Wasootch Ridge

Wasootch Ridge near Canmore, AB


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
17 kms
8hours
difficult
Hiking
Summer
Canmore, AB
User titsmcgee
Approximately 1100 m elevation gain. Lots of climbing especially for thew first few kilometers from the trailhead. Once up on the ridge lots of up and down lesser peaks. Can stop and turn back at any point but there is a rock cairn that is a popular turn around point, some scrambling is required past that point if you wish to continue.

Directions:

From Calgary

Head west on hwy 1 and take the turnoff for hwy 40 K country trail. Take the first left after the wasootch sign on the right hand side after the Barrier lake info center. Take the trail behind the dark green trail sign (the ridge hike is not listed on the sign).

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By whirblPosted By: whirbl  - Tue Sep 06 21:53:24 UTC 2016 Not Rated Upside Great views. Good intorductory scramble. Downside Hike out is along the same route in. Comment Steep at first but evens out to a gentle incline over most of the hike on top of the ridge. A minor scramble at the end to the summit and back.

We went straight down the south side into the valley and back along the creek. There was a lot of bushwacking and a few spots where we were cliffed out but we were able to make it all the way down this way. A little steep going down this way so I'd recommend going back the way you hike in.
By ChrisMarryPosted By: ChrisMarry  - Tue Nov 10 16:23:42 UTC 2015 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Incredible long ridge walk with great open views almost all the way up, we loved it! Downside Can be busy Comment Edwards Rating: I (I) M M, when avoiding the vertical slabs ridge walk/scramble close to the summit

5 to 8 hours

Elevation of 881 m NET, 1109 m TOT & max 2320 m

Perfect early/late season hike

We did it on November 8 of a warm season so far and it was perfect. There were some snow patches and very strong winds that day but it is an obvious trail and makes it a perfect ascent at this time of the year with nicer views. Technically easy but a good workout because of the elevation gain/distance, it can become a challenging and more difficult scramble close to the summit. There are 2 big slabby walls sections just before the summit where the normal trail brings you to the right with losing a bit of elevation. We walked one of those narrow/exposed walls on the way down but with that strong wind/ice/snow and getting to a point where we had an exposed rock to climb, we went back to the official trail in between these walls down a scree slope. It could have been a superb hands-on scrambling in summer time I think.
By SamMisnerPosted By: SamMisner  - Sun Jul 19 19:27:33 UTC 2015 Not Rated Upside mix of incline/decline once on the ridge allows you to push further, great views, good early season option, can stop and turn back anytime Downside first couple km are quite steep Comment I would definitely recommend this hike to all levels of hikers. Just reaching the ridge after a steep climb from the trail head is a great reward. The walk along the ridge provides continuous beautiful views and the mix of incline/decline makes it easier to cover move distance along the ridge. Enjoy!


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