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Wasootch Ridge Hike


  • Wasootch Ridge



  • February 18, 2023



  • Ed, Craig, Dave, Oak, Kirk, Roger, Rick, Gerard, Carolyn



  • 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 at the north side of the parking lot by the picnic tables



Degree of difficulty:

  • 1000 meters of elevation gain and 14 km distance if you get to the final ridge
  • we did 525 meters and 8 km
  • on this day we had a treacherous icy section up (and down at the end of the hike) the first steep hill
  • 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 just over three hours



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 (it’s like being in a tree art gallery)
  • the name ‘Wasootch’ originates from the Stoney Indian language, which translates to ‘unique’