Pocaterra Ridge

MODERATE 21 reviews

Pocaterra Ridge is a 7.2 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Exshaw, Alberta, Canada that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowboarding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
786 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

snowboarding

walking

lake

wild flowers

washed out

2 days ago

This is a map for grizzly col and Highwood peak/ridge, which is a moderate to difficult scramble and it's really steep on your way down. We only realized the map is incorrect after we've done the whole loop; awesome view though. If you're looking for pocaterra ridge on this app, look for south pocaterra ridge trail that's the correct one.

hiking
2 days ago

This map is shown completely wrong. You should be heading north towards Little Highwood Pass after Pocaterra Cirque. We were lead to the Highwood Ridge route and the hike basically turns into a full on scramble/bouldering on an insane scree slope which we were definitely not expecting. We met another group on the hike that did the exact same thing, so just a warning! Yes the views were epic, and glad I did it, and survived, but definitely would not recommend the Highwood Ridge route to non-experienced hikers.

3 days ago

The trail on this map is not pocaterra ridge, this is highwood ridge; a very hard hike

4 days ago

The hike up is amazing and very scenic but the rating is completely misleading and the ridge is more than difficult and stressful. I'm happy I completed the entire circuit but it was not worth the stress of someone potentially falling. The views are fantastic though. Be very careful doing the ridge as you will be bouldering and holding on to dear life.

hiking
11 days ago

15 days ago

So beautiful!
Killer workout, bears often frequent this area
Lots of flowers, water at the bottom, views the entire hike
Ridge hikes are the best

17 days ago

Honestly I feel the trail rating on this hike is very misleading. I've been hiking for 12 years and this completely caught me off guard. It was a full on scramble along the ridge with some pretty sketchy moments. The views are incredible but this hike is a HARD hike, not a MODERATE hike. I ended up abandoning my trek along the top because I didn't determine it safe to do so considering the windy conditions and running out of food and water (3L, sandwiches, beef jerky, fruit and veggies).

I'm quite physically in shape and have done some pretty difficult hikes but this one was completely misleading as to the difficulty.

hiking
20 days ago

Have the app open so that you can follow the path on GPS. Easy once you are out of the short tree line part of the hike, but confusing at the bottom. Absolutely stunning hike with beautiful wildflowers and some of the best views I have experienced in the Rockies!

hiking
25 days ago

To Pocaterra Ridge and back, rather than the entire ridge walk. We were with our dog and it was perfect as lots of creeks for her to cool off in/drink from. Nice mix of meadows, wildflowers, small creeks, great views, amazing rock faces, and a summit. Only downfall is the somewhat confusing beginning with a lack of signage and lots of path options. We got off the trail once. Views from the summit are stunning! Will definitely return to do the ridge walk leaving a second car at the end.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

The trail is not marked properly . It was stressful. The time of the year the snowpack is thawing, snow , slush, and mud . I would not do this trail in early summer and without proper hiking boots , poles ...

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1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes in Kananaskis! A bit of a challenge to get up on the ridge but worth the effort. Pay attention at the end to find the exit to the parking lot, it's not well marked and we definitely missed it.

hiking
10 months ago

Our group managed to complete this without hiking poles (incline heavy) and the right footwear (muddy after a day of rain). Definately recommend for large dogs, and the view up top is amazing!

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Did this hike yesterday. Went from north to south. Initial grunt up to the first peak is a lung buster, but once you are up on the ridge the views are spectacular and so worth the effort. Had some amazing larch tree patches. We had snow at the top of peak 3 and 4 making the scrambling a little more treacherous. The last part hiking into the south parking lot was long and tiring. This a full day hike!!! Start early or you'll be rushing to beat the sun going down. It is a long 7km.

10 months ago