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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-29-2014, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Wasootch Ridge is fairly popular outing. Bottom line: bring snowshoes if you plan going to ridge upper part early in season. First hour or so (until you clear first two rises and hit mid part with its many ups and downs) is mainly dry. This is where recent traffic ended, according to boot tracks. After this - lots of non-supportive snow and post-holing up to my waist at times - mostly around tree wells where snow has softened the most. All this will slow you down considerably. Nearing upper section where ridge narrows for a bit is most awkward part (neat goat tracks here - he just plunged straight down in the forest). Turned around at first sub-summit; I've been to "Hiker Summit" before and it was simply getting too tiring. Couple of pics:
Views back as you clear 1st steep part
Entering mid-ridge. Bad post-holing ahead
Upper ridge

GPS said 10km and 760m, which was acceptable considering 3pm start. 5hr incl 30min for photos and breaks. K-country in full spring glory!

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Conditions update 2nd half of February '16

Initial steep part above the parking is dry. Odd patches of snow start at 1st bench with very slippery conditions on 2nd rise -- spikes pretty much needed on descent. Mid part of the ridge alternate dry and consolidated snow -- no snowshoes required. Upper part of the ridge above treeline windblown and mainly dry. Basically ridge is in great shape.

Hunters moon over Midnight Peak - pic taken on descent:
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Beautiful pics very sharp.Camera?
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Thanks for this. I'm looking for a hike for Saturday that is fairly dry. This looks like a good option.
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Thanks for this. I'm looking for a hike for Saturday that is fairly dry. This looks like a good option.
Glad if you found the post useful!
If you have time after your hike, maybe post quick update & few pics? It is nice to have on-going conditions update for popular trails like this one!
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Summer Solstice '21

I've been on Wasootch Ridge half a dozen times by now, but for one reason or the other always turned back at "Hiker Summit". Today plan was to finally get to ridge highpoint; I waited on purpose well into June to make sure everything is bone dry & residual snow patches can't stop me. Main point is: Continuing past "Hiker Summit" is different ballgame. While not particularly difficult, it is definitely not cakewalk. Trail and some cairns exist, but there are still some route-finding issues. Basically easy/moderate scramble most of the way. Takes ~1.5 hrs to the summit from "Hiker Summit", 1hr back & it is fairly long trip specially on a hot day. Pictorial focuses on scramble part past "Hiker Summit":



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[Route in red from "Hiker Summit". First bump center left is bypassed on left side & there is one brief class 3 downclimb. Next bit you can stay on crest with only easy scrambling, but there is also bypass trail in forest to the right. Ridge then gets knife edge and bypass trail circumvents by dropping on talus slopes to the right, then scrambling up scree to ridge crest for final part]


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[Bypass point; there is bivi coral here & I believe some people turn back here as difficulty grade kicks up a notch]


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[Only real route-finding issue; after dropping down, trail comes to junction - left with cairn, right (down) with cairn. Which way to go? Answer is: Take high route (left). Going in I went down & it was a mistake; trail eventually vanished & I had to sideslope to intersect high trail, which in comparison was quite straightforward]


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[Bypass trail hugs the base of really impressive nearly vertical cliffs]


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[Looking back from bypass; "Hiker Summit" is bump extreme center left]


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[Lose scree slope gaining back ridge crest. This is probably the crux. Cairns help but still look periodically back to be able to recognize on return]


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[Final part above scree slope, this is not cakewalk either & I had to frequently use my hands, although mostly for stability]


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[View from the "summit" or ridge highpoint; there was no cairn or register]


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[View back from "summit"; although not good photo one can appreciate length of this ridge!]


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[Tiara Peak NE looks quite stunning]


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[Full moon over Wasootch summit on return]


Another thing to keep in mind on this trip is water; there is none, so you must bring enough. I had 1.5L (and can of beer, lol) but this was not nearly enough & I ran out at "Hiker Summit" on way back and had to hike last 2 hrs back without any & was quite dehydrated by the time I dropped back to parking lot. Total time was ~8hrs, if the day was not so hot it would have been faster. Return distance is ~15km with ~1200m elevation gain. Usual Map and Elevation Profile:


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Full report with more photos and downloadable GPS track here

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