Pocaterra Ridge is a 10.3 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kananaskis Improvement District, 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.

DISTANCE
10.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
727 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

skiing

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

scramble

snow

washed out

snowshoeing
13 days ago

Lots of snow, snowshoes are a must. Had to break trail most of the way, would strongly suggest having a good GPS app, saved us past the first valley in order to find the best route to the ridge. Larches were beautiful, the views made this 6.5 hour hike worth it, full 360 view of mountains.

24 days ago

Great hike! Snow is packed down for most of it. And you start the ascent up to the ridge line the snow is minimal and it is muddy conditions. Yak tracks or spikes recommended for the lower portions in the trees as it is quite slippery. We proceeded as far as we felt comfortable on the ridge. Not much for tracks after the first summit. Wouldn’t recommend the full traverse right now, better as an out and back. The larches are still holding on! May be able to enjoy them for one more weekend.

1 month ago

Rewarding hike. Hard to keep on the correct trail at the start so I recommend a map.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful but busy hike! The larches are out and are stunning, they are so soft too I couldn’t stop touching them! A lot of people only went to the summit and turned back, however we went along the whole ridge which was pretty snowy after the peak but so much fun if not a little challenging.

We took two cars and started from Highwood Pass and hiked to Little Highwood, think it would have been tough hiking the opposite direction as I found it quite steep coming down.

Our GPS shows 11.20km and took us 4h 25min with 793m total elevation gain #HikingWithHarri

backpacking
1 month ago

Awesome hike, beautiful larch trees. Very slippery, muddy and snowy. Glad we had crampons.

1 month ago

Decently challenging hike. Beautiful views. Gets pretty steep and slick.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful! Larches were amazing.
I would consider this a hard hike, for the length and up and downs, some friends and I did the triple crown of Canmore this year and I thought this hike was more like those for difficulty.
This took our group 5 hours with lots of picture stops and lunch.
People said there was 4 peaks, but it felt more like 10!
Poles were nice and if you have spikes for your shoes it helps in several places.
Spectacular 360 view on the ridge!
We started on the south end and were glad we did. Definitely have your gps out and check it often.
Over all loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was a little hard to find as there is no signage or reception in the area, definitely do your research prior to starting! Once you locate it, the first peak is a steep uphill climb! Beautiful larches, and amazing 360 views along the way. Took us about 4.5 hours with multiple stops for pictures to complete the 9kms.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with very rewarding views from the ridge. We started from the Highwood Pass parking lot and unfortunately took a left turn in the beginning of the trail that lead us up to the mountain overlooking the parking lot. We encountered several other people making the mistake, so keep an eye on the map until you reach the first alpine meadow. After that the trail is easy to follow. The hike is moderate and took us about 4-5 hours to complete with a lunch break at the beginning of the ridge. We ended the hike at the little Highwood Pass parking lot, where we had a second car parked. Would absolutely recommend this hike!

hiking
2 months ago

A challenging trail with fantastic views! Start at the south end to shave a bit of elevation off and get to the top of the main peak first. Keep your eyes open for bighorn sheep.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike with spectacular views! Get a map app to find the trail head and which way to follow at the intersections along the way.

2 months ago

We completed this hike on August 31, 2018. We started at the south end, i.e. Highwood Pass and finished at the north end i.e. Little Highwood Pass Day Use Area. It was a great Ridge walk up high with continual great views. There was a small amount of scrambling to keep on the right trail. We followed a pair of bighorn sheep for a long ways and they were not too concerned about us. The only downside was the steep descent at the north end coming off the ridge. My wife particularly had problems with her toes jamming into the end of her boots. Note, that we had two vehicles and were able to do this as a one-way hike. It would be very strenuous to do both ways.

2 months ago

The trail itself was very hard to find, and we ended up going a bit too far left and climbing the mountain overlooking Highway 40 and the parking lot.. also there are lots of animal trails intersecting the main trail that may have added to the confusion. Regardless, I heard nothing but amazing things about the hike and would love to attempt this another day!

hiking
2 months ago

10/10 saw some nice sheep

hiking
2 months ago

I would recommend if you are planning on doing this hike to do it later in the summer or early fall before the snow. I did it in July and the snow was so heavy we could not find a trail. Unfortunately it also was very cold and with it being quite open for the majority of the hike wasn’t as enjoyable as it should have been. I will definitely try this hike again but next time with poles, late in the summer, extra layers and water proof shoes!

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. The trailhead was a little unclear as there is no designated signage saying where the beginning of the trail was. It's along the path beside the sign that says something along the lines of "stay on the designated path, fragile area" - which was the only signage on this path. So start there! Other than that the flow of the hike was smooth and gorgeous.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike. Park at the south end parking lot as it is a beautiful hike through the cirque on the way up to the ridge. The climb up will get the heart rate pumping but the views at the top as well as the hike along the top of the ridge is absolutely beautiful.

3 months ago

Phenomenal views along the ridge. A bit gusty at the top so make sure to remember your wind-breaker!

hiking
3 months ago

Parked at the south end parking lot. Rather boggy for the first couple Kms and then dried up as we came out of the trees. As we approached the ridge, a mother grizzly and three cubs crossed our path and climbed the west valley to saddle. Beautiful views and will do it again.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike today. Weather was perfect. Made it up to the ridge but not before our group was split in 2 by a momma grizzly and her 3 cubs. Walked right in between our groups. Beautiful sight but made us realize we were definitely in bear country. Do not go up the valley closest to the mountain ( snow ) as her den is right at the top of the saddle. Papa grizzly was just on the other side. We had to yell to one group to stop and turn around as it would have been a sure disaster if they would’ve continued on up. Hike up to the highest point instead please.

4 months ago

This is a beautiful hike with panoramic views on the ascent. Unfortunately we were unable to complete our final trek up to the ridge as there is a mama Grizzly with her cubs. Please be very aware she has been in the area for a while and frequents the meadow surrounding (Pocaterra cirque)

backpacking
4 months ago

Hit up this entire ridge today. Expect a good 1.5h uphill slog when you get closer to the ridge. Bring hiking polls. Also expect superb valleys, views from the top, and some wildlife? We save an entire herd of big horned sheep!

4 months ago

Amazing views. The walk through the meadow is very unique. Didn't have enough time to do the whole ridge, but the conditions up to the peak and back we good, other than some muddy areas at the beginning.

4 months ago

It is just breathtaking

hiking
Monday, October 23, 2017

Awesome! Pretty great sights, a decent amount of traffic, the larches in autumn are magnificent.

hiking
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Our group did this hike on Sept 30th, 2017.
Because there was really a lot of people doing the ridge that day, we decided to leave the trail to follow the valley towards the lake west of the ridge. That part was nice and easy once we passed the scree section.
Going back up to the ridge past the lake was easy.

The official trail is something else though. Conditions can change very fast, on that day it became very windy and we also had quite a bit of snow while we were following the trail back towards the highwood pass parking lot.
Going North to South, the trail has some moderate to difficult sections, depending on weather. Hiking poles are highly recommended, and some previous experience scrambling would help when conditions become slippery.

Very rewarding though, and well worth the effort.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hard on the knees but loved the view!!

hiking
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Very rewarding hike, but should not be taken lightly. This hike would be more towards difficult then moderate especially if you start at the little highwood pass day use parking lot..

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Go see the larches in late September she said. It will be fun she said.

I quite honestly almost died on this hike on at least 5 separate occasions. If not for the skills I learnt watching The Revenant (filmed in K Country - you're welcome for your next trivia fix) and my trusty Nike running shoes, it would have been even worse.

There was snow everywhere. Everything is a false summit. I'm convinced I saw a mountain lion track right beside where we had lunch. A dog tried to steal my friend's sandwich (she was mad). I passed at least 10 crying women and one pregnant woman on the hike. A guy kept telling us we were "young bulls" and then tried to tell us that disturbing "young bull / old bull" hill story. One guy farted at the top of a summit beside us.

Quite honestly, we wouldn't have gotten through it if it hadn't of been for this new video sweeping the internet of a white 8 year old kid trying to dab, but ending up doing karate. We also had to hitch hike back to our car.

Five out of five would recommend! Can't wait to come back!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Absolutely spectacular hike! My new favorite for sure!

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