post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-4612,single-format-standard,stockholm-core-1.2.1,select-theme-ver-9.0,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,menu-animation-underline,,qode_menu_,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-6.9.0,vc_responsive

Wasootch Ridge Hike


  • Wasootch Ridge



  • May 15, 2021



  • Ed, Craig, Erin, Tomonori, Oak —– Brenda, Mike, Angela, Katie, Peter, Lisa, Rod, Bauer




  • the trailhead is 17 km south of Highway 1 on Highway 40
  • the parking lot is on the left (east) side of the road about a half km off the highway
  • the trailhead starts out of the north side of the parking lot by the picnic table



Degree of difficulty:

  • 1000 meters of elevation gain and 14 km distance if you get all the way to the final ridge
  • we did just under 900 meters and just under 11 km
  • the trail is very steep and rugged at the start for about 10 minutes, so it’s best to take your time up this section
  • after that, it involves numerous short to medium climbs over about thirteen different knolls/ridges
  • as you approach the end of the trail near the summit, there are some challenging rock faces to scramble over that I would only recommend for very experienced hikers who are not afraid of heights
  • the hike took us 4.5 hours, as we didn’t ascend the final three ridges due to the snow cover



Interesting notes:

  • one of my favorite trails as you very quickly climb to 360-degree views of all the fantastic mountains in the area
  • one side of the ridge (north) is bordered by Porcupine Creek and the other side (south) by Wasootch Creek
  • there are beautiful views of Mount McDougall, Mount Bryant, Mount Baldy, Boundary Ridge, Mount Allan, Mount Collembola, and Mount Lorette
  • some of the trees on the ridge are more artistic than any other hike I have been on from the exposed wind on the ridge (it’s like being in a tree art gallery)
  • the name ‘Wasootch’ originates from the Stoney Indian language which translates to ‘unique’