There is little to no shade. Le sentier vous offrira la possibilité d'observer la faune et sa difficulté est évaluée comme modérée. There was a group of rock climbers having a briefing as we started up the trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching. Dec 4th - Perfect weather: warm, NO wind! Wasootch Creek to Baldy Pass via Porcupine Trail, Hummingbird Plume Lookout Loop via Troll Falls Trail. Would suggest other trails in K-Country like Kings Creek. Not the best choice of trail for the first hike in 6 yrs. I'm told that past the wind break is very technical and thus not for all hiking enthusiasts. When: June 8, 2019 . When I attempted this Nov 1st, I went to the wind break, last weekend we went past the wind break and went off trail to walk the ridge. After that, the trail dips down onto scree and comes back up to wasootch summit OR you could scramble, scale and climb over the ridge, which does get narrow at times. Went past second cairns but not to peak. But then I would turn around and go back the way you came. This meaning rolled ankles and my dogs feet are all torn up. Start: Hwy. Wasootch is a popular destination in K-Country, accommodating both hikers and climbers. Once you reach a high point, the view of Kananaskis opens up and never gets old as you continuing along the ridge. Creek is mostly dried up and found it too boring. The way down to the creek trail is extremely steep with loose shale. We found a gentler slope coming back down. Last weekend there was minimal snow, but ice on the trail, so bring spikes/crampons, also wear layers, a windproof jacket and a balaclava/neck gaiter is highly recommended. Moderately hikers might turn back here. You take highway 40 south into Kananaskis and it's about 10 minutes from highway 1 on your left. The trail head for the ridge (not the canyon and river bed) is behind the picnic tables. Whatever your definition of "done" is for wasootch, I hope you nail it. Head downhill a bit and you can follow a. decent trail below the steep rock face which will take you eventually to the summit. Not exposed unless you scramble up the last bit of the ridge. Le sentier vous offrira la possibilité d'observer la faune et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile. Wasootch Ridge isn’t a huge objective, but there is a lot of ups and downs along it’s spine and it wastes no time getting you up from the parking lot and presenting some nice views either, which suited us just fine. Wasootch Peak II Kananaskis, Alberta June 24, 2017. Easy walking, gentle uphill all the way until you choose to turn around. The name Wasootch Peak is not an official name and I’ve heard it refers to as The G8 Summits – so named for the 2002 G8 summit meetings held at Kananaskis Village right across the valley. Advantage was awesome 360 views the whole way up and no bugs. Also no very exciting. Wasootch Ridge is located in the northern portion of Kananaskis Country. With Porcupine Creek (out of sight) on one side and Wasootch Creek on the other, it stretches out far into the distance. If you want to avoid the crowds (and this hike gets VERY busy) then get there before 8am. It’s all river rock all the way to the beginning of the ascent to Wasootch Ridge. The trail was great, no avalanche risk, and lightly trafficked. Steep and icy right from the beginning, so crampons and poles were required. Be prepared for nearly constant exposure the whole hike, which today meant wind, rain, and hot sun. What contributed to this? I will not be doing THIS hike again and do not recommend it. We followed a rough path down from the summit that lead to the river bed, rather than backtracking. It was along the dry riverbed, not very entertaining. The scramble to the ridge is considered a … Wasootch Ridge Six hikers met at the AMA parking lot for a rainy day hike in Kananaskis. Easy, pretty, nice exercise for me and the dog for 2.5 hours. Read our COVID-19 guidelines by clicking this banner before visiting one of our parks. Wasootch RidgeWasootch Ridge is located in the northern portion of Kananaskis Country. There’s no real trail until about 2/3 the way up at which point it becomes a moderate/difficult scramble. We made it all the way to the peak. It’s also been called Winnipeg Peak, Peak 336454 (for it’s location on the the grid) and perhaps some others. Not much water along the trail for the dog. Be aware there are climbers below so please don't throw anything off the ridge! We did not really know what we were getting ourselves into. The roadway slowly evaporates from view on the ridge before a challenging scramble to the true peak. Minimal snow and ice. There are some nice waterfalls and water features near the end of this hike. About 1.5 km in the snow gets very deep. Porcupine Ridge is a great short hike but steep ascend with bit of scrambling and requires some effort to get to the top. Prepare for varying weather conditions. Who: Ed, Jace, Geoff, Lynn, Chris, Finn, Winnie, Michael, Django . This isn't entirely accurate for what one should consider as "done". The route I did on Wasootch Tower, North Ridge, 5.6/7 can be found along with the SE Ridge description in “Kananaskis Obscure” which is a local favorite web print out for….. you guessed it, … Starts off steep then gets has lots of mellow ups and downs once you're on top of the ridge. The peak is situated on the northern end of the ridge that separates Wasootch Creek from the Kananaskis River. This is a board ridge so over all it is pretty mellow hiking - nothing that is scary. We accidentally went on this trail and wasted time on here, when the real trail you’ll want to go on is on the left in the parking lot. There is no actual trail to walk on and the entire thing is a rock bed. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Wasootch Ridge is an unofficial trail The Wasootch Ridge trail like many in Kananaskis Country is labeled an unofficial trail meaning there are no signs (even at the trailhead) and no markers along its length. You're just walking in the creek bed, nice and simple. Wasootch Creek to Baldy Pass via Porcupine Trail, Hummingbird Plume Lookout Loop via Troll Falls Trail. Wasootch Ridge is a favorite near Canmore in Kananaskis Country. Most hikers stop at the second set of cairns, placed closely together, I'd say about 5km in, the view there is similar as if you were to go all the way to wasootch peak. It would be better if there was an actual trail. This hike, a round trip of 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) with an altitude gain of 1010 meters (3315'), is longer with more climbing than our hike yesterday of King Creek Ridge, but except for the first kilometer or so, not as steep. You just walk on a lot of rocks with no shade and not much water. Most unofficial trails are still well-traveled and generally easy to follow. As said in the description, the trail is not easy to find. This wild, lonely ridge is the perfect place for a wonderful hike in Kananaskis Trail, and the perfect place to spend an afternoon gazing on the majesty of the mountains. Since a stop at the Samosa Factory on the way home was mandatory, and no one wanted to be without samosas, Sherry volunteered to fit us all in her vehicle. The roadway slowly evaporates from view on the ridge before a challenging scramble to the peak. Wasootch Ridge Route Map. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching. North Ridge of Wasootch Tower 5.7 YDS 5a French 15 Ewbanks V+ UIAA 13 ZA MVS 4b British R Avg: 2 from 3 votes Routes in Wasootch Tower. Wasootch Ridge is a favorite near Canmore and one of those classic Kananaskis hikes. Was a fun hike up to the top of the ridge. Spent the whole time stumbling over rocks and watching our feet. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching. Wasootch Tower Route is a 2.6 mile out and back trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. Take poles, wear proper hiking boots, scrambling gloves helped. I've put in a suggestion for alltrails to update the description so that you're not left unsure, as I was. 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. Awesome views and cool experience walking along the ridge but a very long hike, didn't see anyone except in the creek below. All six piled in with our gear and we had a … Past that the trail goes off to the right and down to back up to Wasootch peak with a lot of scree, or if you are very experienced in technical scrambles/climbs, you could continue on the ridge. The ridge is the hilly line on the left-hand side of this photo. So this was our 3rd time doing Wasootch on Saturday December 5, where I realized just today that we had actually completed what most hikers consider "done", not once, but twice! If you continue, you will come to a pile of rocks fashioned into a windbreak. It’s a steep incline right from the beginning just like Vision Quest near Nordegg (one of our favorite hikes in the province). The trail is straight forward to follow and gains quick elevation then travels along a ridge that delivers spectacular views for hours. For August 8th, Joan and I decided to climb Wasootch Ridge. Hiked Dec 11 conditions excellent. Wasootch Ridge | Kananaskis Trails Distance 13.8 km return, height gain 975 m, strenuous The long ridge dividing Wasootch Creek from the south fork of Porcupine Creek has evolved into one of K Country's classic ridgewalks with a delectable little summit at the end. Wide open creek bed with no real defined trail. No wildlife either, not even a squirrel. We were 3 "peaks" shy of mount wasootch, but turned back due to what was about 40km winds and full exposure on the ridge. The term Wasootch originates from a Stoney Indian word meaning “unique” and many features in the area share that name (Wasootch Ridge, Wasootch Peak, Wasootch Creek). Wasootch Creek to Baldy Pass via Porcupine Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. Enjoy! This peaks lower elevation and Front Range location makes for great climbing year round. Show all routes Trad Sport Toprope Boulder Ice Aid Mixed Alpine North Ridge of Wasootch Tower T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Order Wrong? Did this today as a bit of a trailblazing loop. Took 4.5 hours for 11.5 km and 1,050 elevation gain. Still challenging despite the loose rocks. Microspikes/ studded shoes were very useful in many spots, but there isn’t much deep snow at the moment - we had gators but didn’t get them out. But once you get past the first bit of incline you start to walk along the ridges for the rest of the hike. Just remember to identify it well beforehand (cairns, wind break wall or all the way up and down mount wasootch), and make sure you are confident in your skills for whatever this amazing trail throws at you. Snow packed trail mostly. This is, however, the beauty of a trail like wasootch ridge, depending on your skill, you can go as far as you'd like. Wasootch Ridge. There is a parking lot and overflow parking lot. The main challenge was finding the trail head: we did a little bit of Porcupine Trail before backtracking, and then talked to a lady who had similarly just done a little bit of Wasootch Creek, so we collaborated and found the trail head behind the picnic tables on the east side of the parking lot. Wouldn't recommend unless experienced descending on scree and down-climbing. The official end of the ridge is to the pyramid-shaped cairns. Wasootch Creek Trail is a 5.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The rock climbing however did look quite good. Pictures are from two trips one overcast and snowy on Sept 17, 2011 to the "End of Trail" and the other on a very hot blue sky day Sept 24, 2011 to the highest point. Where: Wasootch Ridge . Wasootch Ridge is your typical in and out hike. The scramble can be avoided, and the trail is plenty wide enough for the first 5km with no exposure. The scramble up to the top was intense, lots of loose rocks but I managed. Up until the ridge scrambling, this would be a dog-friendly hike. Would recommend snowshoes for anyone over 150 lbs. I normally don't use poles to hike, but if you have them, pack them. The first part is regular hiking, steep, but not complicated. That's the beauty of a trail that goes as far as you want to go I suppose...but it's nice to have milestones, at least for me. I would avoid walking on this trail because you focus so much on your next steps to make sure you don’t twist your ankle. Good for kids that can’t really do a elevated hike. The "trail" is not well marked or well established. At a flatter area with a small wind shelter built of rocks, you have a choice. Some nice views of the valleys and mountains from the ridge. This hike gives you the luxury to choose how long you want to spend on the trail. Did not complete. Show patches in places at this time of year. Otherwise, prepare to scramble along the ridge and do a bit of route-finding to the summit. Wouldn't be able to safely get my decently hardy and athletic ACD to the summit along the ridge. Didn’t make it all the way , but what a beautiful trail! Due to time constraints and diminishing daylight hours, had to turn around before the summit. I would like to come back and try some other trails in the area. Many climbers visit the Wasootch Slabs regularly, especially those that are transitioning from indoor climbing to rock walls. 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. Once we got past the rock climbers we saw no one. Creek bed hike... nice weather, good scenery. Wasootch Ridge Hike . I brought my dog and two 10-year olds. The views appear almost instantly and you can admire gorgeous vistas for the rest of the hike once you hit the top of the ridge where the trail levels out. Tried this one today. There is not much to see. 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. Wasootch Ridge Trail est un sentier aller-retour de 9.6 miles très fréquenté situé près de district d'amélioration de Kananaskis, Alberta en Canada. Only small sections of the creek are actually flowing. Well, it's the map you download, which is an aggregation of recordings from hiking enthusiasts and technical experts. We stayed to the right under the ridge approaching the peak, then found a (slightly scary) place to climb up. If you don't want a challenging hike, turn back then. Well beaten trail. Wasootch RidgeHike Scramble– Kananaskis Highway 40. Please be aware that seasonally during the wintertime, there are road closures to the trailheads and remember to bring proper gear when hiking during winter months. 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. Excellent views throughout hike and would recommend. Looming over the ridge is Wasootch Peak, and to see a report on it, follow this link… Wasoothc Peak attempt. I would not recommend going down that way, very sketchy. The trail up to the peak was absolutely beautiful with some technically challenging areas. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 13.6km, 1341m elev gain. Ben Gadd’s Wasootch Creek book is supposedly only still available at the Calgary Library behind locked doors. Ofrece la oportunidad de ver la fauna y es calificado como difícil. After the 1.5km climb at the start, the views were amazing for the whole hike! Most hikes in Kananaskis are in and outs so this one is no different. Alternatively, mountain goats or highly skilled climbers can take the last bit of the ridge directly to the summit, but there are harrowing sections, quite … The map currently has you going to Wasootch summit and back down to the creek. Length 5 miElevation gain 1466 ftRoute type Out & back. At about the 7km mark you reach the Wasootch Ridge Cairn. Only a few climbers around, I saw no one once I passed the climbing area after 15 minutes. This photo is taken near the beginning of the hike, once we’d done a thigh-burning scramble up a steep trail through the forest to the crest of the ridge. Straight up. There is low to moderate exposure “hiking” back along the ridge and there are options for skirting the more difficult ridge sections. Trail is in excellent shape for this time of the year. Wasootch's southern ridge is the most popular route to the summit for scramblers and hikers. Length 3.6 … We ended up turning around and leaving. My mantra: Lean into the Mountain! The map here takes you to the very end, beyond what is considered the end of the trail, which may only be possible for very experienced hikers. We took the kids and dog for short snowshoe up the creek, it was a great way to end the day. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Wasootch Ridge Trail is a 15.4 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. When Dinah and I climbed Wasootch Peak in 2005, we did so in winter conditions and stopped just short of the summit.Wanting to write a complete description for this popular peak, I returned to hike it in the summer. Creek itself was cool but nothing special. Total time: 6hr45min with photos, snacks, and lunch at the peak. Midnight Peak Ridge est un sentier allez-retour de 3.3 miles modérément fréquenté situé près de district d'amélioration de Kananaskis, Alberta en Canada. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Which is just under 7km. The last bit to the peak was more technical - I’m a newbie to scramble/scree, so it was a challenge for me in a couple spots, but happy I did it! This full loop hike (Wasootch ridge and then down to Wasootch creek) is not for the faint of hearted. I would not recommend. To see some other ridges we’ve explored, go here… Carry Ridge. Just FYI you can gain the ridge and make this into a loop by hiking up the drainage at the end of the ridge. Not much of a hike to be had here. Wasootch is the most northernly peak along the MacDougall Range which include peaks such as Kananaskis Peak, Old Baldy Mountain, Mount MacDougall and Volcano Peak. We didn't go the entire way due to the snow and gusty winds, but would definitely return to finish the entire length on a different day. The trail is primarily used for rock climbing and backpacking. A climber was injured that way earlier in the summer. This is what blogs are referring to as a good "end" if you don't want to get into more technical scrambling. We are monitoring our operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and this page is updated as adjustments are made. Wasootch Ridge Hike: Looking for a place to really get away from it all? I recommend making it to the summit. Wasootch Ridge is classified as an intermediate hike as it begins fairly steep for a few kilometres. Windy mid day restricted me from competing the final lag. The Kananaskis regions is famous for ridge walks, and Wasootch Ridge is on the list for the best. beautiful views. You can walk as far as you would like along the ridge which is why there are such varying elevation profiles online (700m-1400m). Just dry creek. Wasootch Ridge Trail is a 9.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. Also would not recommend taking dogs on the Ridge part. Highlight. When we stopped to take in the views they were beautiful. For experienced hikers and scramblers, this is pretty fun! The trail is straight forward to follow and gains quick elevation then travels along a ridge that delivers spectacular views. This was validated through researching blogs of local climbers as the map seems to have gotten longer between our attempts. But it’s amazing place if you want to clear your mind from thoughts by short walk in the nature. Wasootch Ridge Trail es un sendero de ida y vuelta de 9.6 millas con tráfico pesado localizado cerca de district d'amélioration de Kananaskis, Alberta, Canadá. Please proceed at your own risk. Wasootch Peak is a 2,352-metre (7,717-foot) mountain summit located in the Fisher Range of Kananaskis Country in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. Much of the ascent is in the trees, so it wasn't as windy as we expected, until we cleared the trees. 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