We only went to the cirque but there is a very visible trail from the cirque to Grizzly col.Trail starts at Highwood pass and first goes through the forest an over a ridge. The winter barrier on Highway 40 through Kananaskis Country goes up on December 1 every year, so a friend and I decided that we’d better get down there while we could. The hike begins at the Highwood Pass Day Use Area in Kananaskis Country. In case you select to do the entire 10.three km (a technique) ridge stroll, go along with a buddy and depart a automotive (or bike) at Little Highwood Go. Fall Foliage Stop #6: Hike Up Pocaterra Ridge. Like many hikes, getting to the summit of Pocaterra Ridge is easier going up than coming back down. A challenging hike but with spectacular views. This trail is rated hard but its actually moderate. Pocaterra Cirque with the ridge at center and Mount Pocaterra in the background. Trip Summary: August 28, 2020. We share a common goal: to see golden larch trees. You can also do a shuttle, parking a car at each end of the trail and do this as a one-way route, which is a shorter. Park your car at Highwood Pass parking lot and head into the meadow on foot. Pocaterra Ridge in Kananaskis Alberta last fall. A lot of people have been complaining about the hike having high traffic. There are a few steep sections, but overall not technical and the views are worth it. It snowed throughout the week so we looked for a hike that had a fairly dry trail, larches and a spectacular view. Very quiet today, we started at 9:30 and only about 10 people ahead of us. Duration: 5-6 hrs; Distance: 8.9 KM (5.5 miles) Elevation gain: 950 metres (3,120 feet). Pocaterra Ridge. This wonderful hike in Pocaterra Ridge is a stunner. We only went to the cirque but there is a very visible trail from the cirque to Grizzly col.Trail starts at Highwood pass and first goes through the forest an over a ridge. Where a blog has been linked to the forum, please follow the link at the bottom of the blog to the forum to make comments. On a sunny weekend, we only…, The trail to Guinn’s Pass is spectacular, offering stunning views. Hiked from the south. The hike begins at the Highwood Pass Day Use Area in Kananaskis Country. Be extremely careful at this point, and if you feel uncomfortable perhaps try another hike today, there are many in the area. Spikes would be good too. POCATERRA RIDGE. Pocaterra Ridge. One of the best places to experience this is Pocaterra Ridge, locate... Snowshoe Mount Tyrwhitt. It was one of the most amazing hikes I've done! Pocaterra Ridge Route Map. If it’s just the adults, tackle Pocaterra Ridge, an extra 3km past the cirque. (Photo: Getty) Time: Five hours. The trail to the left is so worn out its not worth the risk. Se recomienda mapa sin conexión. Note that this section of Hwy 40 is closed from December 1 to … Some areas have blown off, others had drifts as deep as our knees to walk through. Arethusa, Mt. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. From the Stoney Nakoda Casino on the TransCanada, take Highway 40 south for roughly 60.0km. Follow the path through the trees, trying to keep on the most well-used path, as there are many here. Please use caution if you attempt it, we hit a blizzard while finishing the ridge and the winds really picked up (temp probably dropped to about -15 with wind). During Fall season, the trail is VERY busy – expect crowds. Posted on December 11, 2013 by Carissa. In my opinion, these comments do people a disservice, because if you consider this hike from the perspective of an average person, it is very much worthy of being labelled hard (especially if conditions are less than optimal). Banff in the fall is also one of the best times to go hiking in the Canadian Rockies. This has been my most epic adventure, and I don’t use that term lightly. Went up on October 1st. 01 Aug 2020 by Vagabond No Comments. Did it today in just boots and made it to where it starts going uphill. The vibrant yellow colours that paint the mountainsides are so beautiful to look at, it’s hard not to fall in love with the larch trees that cause this stunning scenery. Saw some pikas in the valley area. The larch colours at the north end with the mountain and lake backdrops were stunning. Oak Ridge announces annual citywide fall leaf pickup Oak Ridge’s annual city-wide leaf pickup program begins Monday, Nov. 30. A challenging hike but with spectacular views. It was amazing. Over to your left you can see Elbow Lake, a wonderful, family-friendly backpacking trip. Most people here will be heading to Ptarmigan Cirque or Pocaterra Ridge, so take care not to follow the crowds. The ridge walk (approx. - Prarmigan Cirque and Pocaterra Cirque (Kananaskis) - Larch Valley (this is pretty much a given for me - it has larch in the name) I’m for sure wanting to do Larch Valley, Ptarmigan and Pocaterra, and Rawson Lake but am having trouble deciding on the other hikes. Fall is hands down my favourite time of year, and it’s most definitely my favourite time to be in the mountains. Pocaterra Ridge, September 21 | Trip Reports | Kananaskis Outdoors Forum. Magnificent terrain. But if you can wait till larch season I’d recommend it. It’s a glorious mid-September day and Pocaterra Ridge trail is full of hikers. The ridge walk (approx. Everything was great! Head here in late September to walk through a field of golden larches. Jul 3, 2018 - It’s a glorious mid-September day and Pocaterra Ridge trail is full of hikers. We had eight people in our group – a pretty large group! Pocaterra Ridge. It snowed throughout the week so we looked for a hike that had a fairly dry trail, larches and a spectacular view. Time: 1-2 hours. Hike back the way you came. It was a challenging hike, but the views are unlike any other! Getting ready to do it again tomorrow. The start of the trail is a bit confusing to find. The distance of the hike is about the same but has 275m less of elevation gain. Any other recommendations? Your path goes up a very steep slope that can freeze after cold weather. This is not a well-maintained path, so watch out for tree stumps, we’ve torn our gear here before. And rightfully so! in Kananaskis, but they are particularly spellbinding in the autumn. Pocaterra Ridge is often hiked as a one-way hike, finishing where our route starts (Little Highwood Pass), with the hiking starting at Highwood Pass parking lot, farther along Highway 40. we did get a teeny bit lost on the way down. We ended up hitchhiking back to the lot otherwise we would have been walking for another 1.5 hours along the highway. My 6 year old made the entire ridge from the south. This hike is no secret, so head out early or midweek to avoid traffic on the trail. This wonderful hike in Pocaterra Ridge is a stunner. This path can be overgrown. There's nothing prettier than golden larches in the fall. For end-to-end along Pocaterra Ridge (which requires a shuttle arrangement or hitchhiking to collect your vehicle), the total hiking distance is 12 km. Follow the most used path through the lively trees, which will take you to Pocaterra Creek. Most people just do the first climb and thats it. The hike so nice you gotta do it twice! Amazing views, poles and proper footwear are highly recommendable, specially for descending. South Pocaterra Ridge is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate.