add review. Benutzer haben berichtet, dass die Wanderwege nicht gut markiert sind. Hiking info, trail maps, and 30 trip reports from Pocaterra Ridge (2,667 m) in the Elk Range of Alberta Member. Bring bear spray just in case, An alternative to avoid the full parking lots is to go south from north, starting at the Little Highwood parking lot instead. 500 m elevation gain (total) Well the word is out… thanks to the CBC, Pocaterra ridge is one of the best larch hikes in the Rockies. My group of friends and I hiked Pocaterra Ridge on Saturday, August 10, 2019 and one of them lost a rose gold 6S plus iPhone in a black OtterBox Defender series case somewhere before hitting the first summit. If anyone sees it, please DM me! Summer has been cooler and wetter than average around Calgary- with that, and a focus on mtb for much of the summer thus far- outstanding hikes have been few. The Pocaterra Inn & Waterslide offers hotel accommodation with complimentary breakfast, and family friendly waterslide. in Kananaskis, but they are particularly spellbinding in the autumn. Winds decreasing (extremely windy from the W on Sun morning, light winds from the SE by Mon morning). The other is a 12km hike starting north at Little Highwood parking lot and is a more advanced hike). So here's our starting photo with a fine backdrop. Toggle Sidebar . Pocaterra Ridge is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. As always, pack for changing Alberta Rocky Mountain weather, with the assumption it will be colder at the top. The view of the Valley is even more pronounced with distant peaks, bright blue sky (hopefully!) Bear sightings are not uncommon on this hike. Knowing this experience is only available for a few weeks every year enhances the appreciation of nature and re-energizes your body, mind and soul. The only sign marking this trail states “Fragile area, please stay on designated trail”, but the trail is clear and well worn. Past 24 hours Past 24 hours; Weather Radar; Satellite; Lightning Observed at: Nakiska Ridgetop Date: 8:00 AM MST Tuesday 15 December 2020. and golden larches creating a menagerie of nature’s finest exhibits. But I did get outside a couple of times. A dusting of new snow. And the best part is, most of the best parts of the view are right in front of you for the first half of the return descent! We picked Pocaterra Ridge for our “Canada Day” hike (though a day late) and it surely didn’t disappoint! Yeah, now I really wanna go up Pocaterra Ridge. Pocaterra Ridge Trail Distance:9k to Highwood Pass parking lot 7k back down the highway by bike Elevation: 1036m On Saturday, September 24, Herm and I hiked Pocaterra Ridge to experience the yellow tamaracks on a quiet trail. Pocaterra Cirque and Ridge have become favourite hikes for the slightly more adventurous seeking larch viewing (as opposed to Ptarmigan Ridge, which is great for larches, but an easier hike). Kananaskis (Nakiska Ridgetop), AB. PAGE 8: HIDE PAGE 8 SHOW/HIDE PIC 1 View from the top. Time: 6 - 7 hours Distance: 11 km point to point (You’ll need to either have two cars or hitch a ride back to the start point) Elevation Gain: 730 meters Access: The trail is best started from the Highwood Pass parking lot, as this way you’ll minimise your up hi 1 Quote. Be bear and wildlife aware, keep your dogs on a leash and any garbage in your pack and have a wonderful, unforgettable hike! Temperatures will be below freezing (max -4°C on Wed night, min -19°C on Tue morning). I did this. But we've gone past that into a marvelous larch basin. … Offline. Town: Kananaskis, AB. 9km linear) requires two vehicles, or some other mode of transportation (bikes), to get between the start and end points. Current Conditions Observed at: Nakiska Ridgetop 8:00 AM MST Tuesday 15 December 2020. Offline-Karte wird empfohlen. The Pocaterra Cirque and Ridge hikes are favourites year round (well, June to October!) Stay on Hwy 40 for 67 km. We had interesting weather on our wonderful venture to Pocaterra Ridge, with moments of sunshine, moments of snowfall. You don't want strong winds or rain showing up when you're on an exposed ridge. A post shared by Mountains Uncorked (@mountainsuncorked) on Nov 3, 2017 at 9:32pm PDT, Explore Kananaskis All Rights Reserved © 2020, Autumn Larch Viewing on the Pocaterra Cirque & Ridge Trails, https://explorekananaskis.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ek-mainlogo-green-1.png, https://explorekananaskis.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/ek-pocaterra.jpg, A post shared by Canada (@imagesofcanada), A post shared by kamilla kozuback (@kamillakozuback), A post shared by ᴊᴀsᴍɪɴᴇ (@jasmine.the.red.dobie), A post shared by Matty Warren (@mattywarrenphoto), A post shared by Mountains Uncorked (@mountainsuncorked). The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Pocaterra ridge will not disappoint. One will arrive at the foot of the highest part of your journey, which is an approximately 150m, steep climb up a hill to the viewing platform at the peak of the Ridge. Download our new mobile weather app . Calgary. The original objective was Mount Rae, and skys were reasonably clear as I made my way down 16th Avenue toward the west edge of the city. Pocaterra Ridge. Wasn't too bad though especially it was solid. You’ve reached your destination, the effort was worth it and you will breathe in the satisfaction of a brilliant day’s journey into golden heaven. I want to do. Pocaterra Ridge Trail starts at Highwood Pass 140 km SW of Calgary. Note Gord's bare legs...more later. A post shared by Canada (@imagesofcanada) on Sep 10, 2017 at 2:06pm PDT. Given that it was a long weekend, we had braced ourselves for hordes of people all out and about to enjoy themselves in beautiful sunny weather with clear blue skies. The first part of the route to Pocaterra Ridge is an awful mess of braided, muddy trails. Make sure to stay left for the Pocaterra Trails, as Ptarmigan Ridge starts at the same area and crosses the highway. This is a nice spot for a quick break with views of Mount Rae and Mount Arethusa. To see the weather forecasts for the other elevations, use the tab navigation above the Another half kilometre and the Cirque– which is a mountain bowl surrounding the observer close to 180 degrees– will come into view. Sept 24 2019. Kaptain Kananaskis The valleys, waterfalls and peaks of K Country and beyond. lancashirescott. Our original plan was to park one vehicle at Little Highwood Pass Day Use Area and then drive to the Highwood Day Use Area to hike the entire ridge. * NOTE: not all weather observatories update at the same frequency which is the reason why some locations may show data from stations that are further away than known closer ones. After the tarn, the trail starts to climb towards a grassy area. print. As summer fades all too quickly from the memories of Albertans, the upper elevations of the Rocky Mountains contain a feast for the senses in the form of golden larch trees. Find the most current and reliable 7 day weather forecasts, storm alerts, reports and information for [city] with The Weather Network. Northwest. The path will wind through the forest and after about 2km and 200m elevation gain, hikers will emerge into meadows and encounter a tarn (small mountain lake). Into the Larches we go…. The first challenge will be to cross Pocaterra Creek which is running robust from recent rain and continuing, high-elevation, snow melt. 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. The Pocaterra Cirque and Ridge hikes are favourites year round (well, June to October!) This forum is for you to use as you wish for asking questions or generating discussion on non-motorized use of trails in Kananaskis Country or of issues relating to trail use. A post shared by kamilla kozuback (@kamillakozuback) on Sep 24, 2019 at 1:30pm PDT. A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Mon afternoon. The need for a car shuttle scares off a lot of hikers and is also a bit of a pain. Heading north toward Little Highwood Pass, I began angling up scree slopes to the base of the lower cliff bands. Take Highway 1 west out of town to the Kananaskis Trail/Hwy 40 turnoff. Join the trailpeak community. For a wider overview of the weather, consult the Weather Map of Alberta. Temperatures will be well below freezing (max -10°C on Sat night, min -18°C on Mon night). Mount Pocaterra… September 14, 2010 4:39 pm. This was on November 17. Onward Paul and I, and Mount Tyrwhitt in the background Sergeant on Pocaterra. Because we only had one car this time, we decided to hike to the first peak (starting from the South) and back. There is a gathering area with outhouses and the Highwood Meadows Trail begins immediately. Hi was just wondering if anyone has been in the area of Pocaterra and if this hike is still good to do especially with the recent spattering of snow the Mountains have had recently? There are outstanding views of familiar features in the mountain range on the east side of the highway. And how it was draped in a dark grey mantle. We love seeing the amazing Alpine Larches turn colour. Pocaterra Tarn and the ridge to Mount Pocaterra. Pocaterra Ridge Total Distance: 11 km. Knowing there were grizzlies in the area and being extremely grateful for the opportunity to hike in such perfect weather, we began the morning with prayer. Find the most current and reliable 7 day weather forecasts, storm alerts, reports and information for [city] with The Weather Network. If you are enjoying a weekend hike, you will know you’re at the right spot by the crowd of cars lining the highway; the parking lot fills up early on busy days. edit text. You’ll see a cairn at a fork in the trail, so take care to head left here (right goes to Pocaterra Ridge). Member Since: June 21, 2010. Pocaterra Ridge (Highwood/Peter Lougheed) September 2016. My Weather Profile Weather shortcuts Weather Topics | Access city. PAGE 9: HIDE PAGE 9 SHOW/HIDE PIC 1 View from the top. To our surprise, we only ran into perhaps 3 or 4 other groups and had the ridge mostly to ourselves. Mount Pocaterra Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Mount Pocaterra is: Mostly dryTemperatures will be well below freezing (max -8°C on Wed night, min -12°C on Tue night)Winds increasing (light winds from the WSW on Thu night, extremely windy from the W by Fri afternoon). Stand at the foot of the Cirque and feel tiny next to the mountain, then turn around towards your path and see the Kananaskis Valley in all its glory, the larch trees providing a golden frame to this most amazing view. Note for families contemplating hiking this ridge (or any ridge really) - always check the weather forecast. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. From Highwood Meadows, a short 200m stroll will take you across a small bridge with a left turn taking hikers onto the Pocaterra trails. PAGE 10: HIDE PAGE 10 SHOW/HIDE PIC 1. Members. There could have been 50 others - the trailhead parking area was packed. The ridge walk (approx. One of the premier ridge walks in Kananaskis and a rare trip that can be done as a one way jaunt that doesn't require you to retrace your steps. A dusting of new snowTemperatures will be below freezing (max -4°C on Wed night, min -19°C on Tue morning)Winds increasing (light winds from the WNW on Tue night, gales from the W by Wed night). Pocaterra Ridge Trail Reports no reports have been added for Pocaterra Ridge yet, add a trail report . The staff at the reception was very friendly and we appreciated their cordiality and felt comfortable as guests during our stay. , signalling the beginning of the lower cliff bands a trails current condition and … Pocaterra Ridge noveling actually. 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