Pocaterra Ridge

Summit Elevation (m): 2681
Elevation Gain (m): 500
Round Trip Time (hr): 2.5
Total Trip Distance (km): 8
Quick ‘n Easy Rating: Class 2 – You fall you sprain something.
Difficulty Notes: Hiking on trail – some minor exposure and loose scree.
GPS Track DownloadDownload GPX File
Technical Rating: OT3; YDS (Hiking)
Map: Google Maps

On a late September day in 2011, Hanneke and I spent a few hours hiking the gorgeous Pocaterra Cirque and Ridge near the Highwood Pass in Kananaskis Country.

Pocaterra Ridge Route Map
Pocaterra Cirque with the ridge at center and Mount Pocaterra in the background.
A tarn on the approach with Rae at center and Arethusa at right in the background.
Looking down the ridge to the north and east with Pocaterra at left. Gap at center, Rae, Arethusa and Storm at right.
Looking across the Highwood Pass at Rae, Arethusa, Storm, Highwood Ridge, Grizzly Ridge and Tyrwhitt (l to r).

This area is known for its colorful larch displays and it didn’t disappoint! We enjoyed warm weather and calm winds.

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