Wasootch Peak OverviewSitting east of Mt. Lorette in the Kananaskis Valley is the scenic summit of Wasootch Peak. Standing at 7730 ft., this unofficially named peak is usually overlooked for the heftier Kananaskis Peaks such as Kidd, Bogart, The Wedge and Allan. This mountain offers some ample Front Range views of the Kananaskis Valley, Barrier Lake and Sibbald Conservation area. On a unclouded day summiters may even observe Three Sisters in Canmore, AB and even further away Cascade Mountain in Banff, AB.
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. This peaks lower elevation and Front Range location makes for great climbing year round.
Wasootch's southern ridge is the most popular route to the summit for scramblers and hikers. The summit is snow free for most of the year except after new snowfall in winter and fall.
Wasootch is also the starting point of a long and moderate traverse of the MacDougall Range. The traverse is a 12-14 hour climb where a summiter can expect to bag more than one peak in a long day as described in the guide book, "More Scambles in the Canadian Rockies".
Wasootch Tower, on the northern aspect on this peak is a perfect location for rock climbers and mountaineers who want to practice their climbing techniques. Climbers can expect a 4-6 hour climb for Wasootch.
Wasootch - is from the Stoney Indian word wazi, meaning "unique", and was given in respect to the north tower's aspect in this valley.
Reference: "Place Names of the Canadian Alps" by William L. Putnam, Glen W. Boles and Roger W. Laurilla 1990.
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Ribbon Creek Hostel - a great spot for a rainy, windy night.