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Pocaterra Ridge is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.4 mi Elevation gain 2,385 ft Route type Point to Point

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Skiing

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

Washed out

Off trail

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Cell reception can be tricky. Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.

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Reviews (317)
Photos (287)
Recordings (191)
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Sat Sekhon
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HikingMuddy

Great adventure! Though it was immensely confusing. A hiker finishing the hike told us to go left at the rocks but when we arrived at the rocks we didn’t really see a path and went right and ended up face to face with a herd of mountain goat. On our way down we got lost and luckily found a lovely couple who lets us follow them to the parking lot. I would highly recommend using a GPS. We never actually made it to the actual lookout point. However it was still a great adventure.

Jean-Baptiste Roux
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Muddy

Definitely on the harder side of moderate but the views are stunning!

Saad Khan
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HikingMuddyOff trailSnow

The views for this hike were stunning! Only reason I’ve given it four stars for now is because there’s no prominent trail once you get ~2 km in. It’s difficult to find as a lot of it is covered in snow, so you have footsteps and false trails all over the place. We managed to stay on route via the all trails map, but even then somehow got off trail 5-6 times! This hike is doable if you’re comfortable walking on snow for some periods of time.

M Schwarz
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Hiking

Did this hike on Saturday. Unlike previous posters, did not find navigating in snow that is left in valley problematic. The trails are quite well trodden and you really dont need to follow a particular trail anyways as can just head to where you need to go since you have views on the ridge. Snow was hard packed if a little mushy in the afternoon. Still quite a lot of snow on the ridge, decided to head back same way.

Moona D'Souza
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Hiking

Beautiful views on the hike. A few steep portions but most of the hike is pretty level. The biggest downside is the trail being covered in snow once you get to the valley, which makes it hard to find. The trail is also not marked well. Make sure you download the AllTrails map, as that was the only way we could navigate through this hike. If you want to do this, i'd recommend waiting for a few weeks till all the snow melts.

Ryan Quinn
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HikingRockySnow

Did this June 29th sunset hike Had the ridge to ourselves, took a chance on the weather and went for a sunset hike! Always epic views in this, there is still some good snow hanging around huge avy slide over the lake but easy to navigate around!! Other then the steep 15 min climb pretty mild hike. Nice long 7 k ridge, there is a couple sections cornices are lingering but again avoidable. It’s a real gem, get there before the summer crowds do !!

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Alyx L
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tried to do this one last week. lots of water crossings and confusing trails. went the wrong way and spent 1.5 hours looking for the actual trail. Will try again when less water is in the creeks

Jenny Jose
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HikingIcyMuddy

I would suggest waiting till next month to give this trail a visit. Drove out today (June 18) to hike this trail but we were met with knee deep snow and confusing directions. We had to turn around as quickly as we started. If you’re going to give the trail a try at this moment, I highly recommend downloading the trail map ahead of time due to the lack of service in the area.

Tracy MP
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Hiking

would love to hike this but, not sure of trail conditions. Anyone been out to Pocaterra yet?

Katrina Godden
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Hiking

Highway 40 now open as of June 15th.

Justin Glinsbockel
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Hiking

anyone know trail conditions yet?

Mikaela Ly
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HikingClosed

Not open until June 15

Camille Baloloy
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Hiking

Does anybody have hiked this trail recently? Are the roads open ?

Andy Buchholtz
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HikingSnow

Most of the trail is knee deep to waists deep at some point. Only way doable right now is starting from Highwood Pass to little Highwood. Make sure you are ready for a long day. Going down the last ridge was very icy.

Courtney Jezersek
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HikingSnow
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Ines Kampschulte
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HikingSnow
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Chelsea Pasutto
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Hiking

Worth it ! But at this time of year recommend an axe and some spikes :)

Stepanka Markova
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HikingRockySnow

Tris ridge is stunning. We hiked this trail two weeks ago in a deep snow. There were still some larches. You will get beautiful views the whole way. We were happy that we took our hiking poles, which helped us for walking in the snow, I don’t think that we would make it without them. This ridge is so much fun, just make sure that you will bring enough food!

Navneet Singh
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Hiking

Lot of snow at this time starting from the trailhead. Wear snowshoes, microspikes and gaiters to do it in winter. You can also do ski there.

Bronwyn D
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HikingIcyOff trailSnow

Did the hike for the first time. Yes, trail is very braided at the start... really hard to know if youre on the right path. Lots of snow along the ridge. We did it in minimal hiking gear, sneakers, etc, and were absolutely fine, and we were the first group to do it on Saturday (could tell from the snow!). It was fine if your physically fit and nimble. Wouldn't recommend for the average person right now unless you have gear. (spikes, poles, etc).

Hans L.
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

The trail has LOTS of snow now. I highly suggest you wear proper footwear and strap-on spikes. I can't believe the amount of people we saw struggling on the trail with running shoes on and limited clothing. The trail at the The North end when being used as the finishing point, peters out on the last 300 meters and you simply have to bushwhack out to the highway (GPS and compass really helps here). Beautiful views right now with the snow covered mountains. By end of day, the winds on the ridge tops were getting very strong and you have to very careful of being knocked over the edges.

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