This hike attracts large crowds during weekends, go midweek or super early morning to avoid! Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 10.1 km. The really cool thing about this hike is that it can be done as a one way hike, and it’s best completed with a car shuttle. Because we only had one car this time, we decided to hike to the first peak (starting from the South) and back. But I did get outside a couple of times. print. PAGE 8: HIDE PAGE 8 SHOW/HIDE PIC 1 View from the top. Member. Pocaterra Ridge is an epic Larch hike (I'm seriously considering doing it again soon to see the larches) It's one of the best hikes I've come across in the Rockies. It proved to be very rewarding. Once you’re just over 2.0 km from the parking lot, you should be reaching Pocaterra Tarn. Past 24 hours Past 24 hours; Weather Radar; Satellite; Lightning Observed at: Nakiska Ridgetop Date: 8:00 AM MST Tuesday 15 December 2020. The weather forecast for Mount Pocaterra is: A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Mon afternoonTemperatures will be well below freezing (max -10°C on Sat night, min -18°C on Mon night)Winds decreasing (extremely windy from the W on Sun morning, light winds from the SE by Mon morning). Now that we've done it, I've come to 3 conclusions: The photos don't do this place justice. The Pocaterra Cirque and Ridge hikes are favourites year round (well, June to October!) Calgary. 1 Quote. in Kananaskis, but they are particularly spellbinding in the autumn. (Note: there are two ways to experience Pocaterra Ridge. Note for families contemplating hiking this ridge (or any ridge really) - always check the weather forecast. During my insane November, I didn’t do much painting…or blogging…or noveling, actually. 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. I want to do. And this is a hell of an introduction for them. 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. 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). There could have been 50 others - the trailhead parking area was packed. 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. and golden larches creating a menagerie of nature’s finest exhibits. Offline-Karte wird empfohlen. Toggle Sidebar . 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). Take Highway 1 west out of town to the Kananaskis Trail/Hwy 40 turnoff. No Alerts in effect. Into the Larches we go…. Find the most current and reliable 7 day weather forecasts, storm alerts, reports and information for [city] with The Weather Network. On 21 August 2016, Dorota Sokolowska and I traversed Pocaterra Ridge in the Highwood region of Alberta's Kananaskis Country. Current Conditions Observed at: Nakiska Ridgetop 8:00 AM MST Tuesday 15 December 2020. 9km linear) requires two vehicles, or some other mode of transportation (bikes), to get between the start and end points. Temperatures will be well below freezing (max -10°C on Sat night, min -18°C on Mon night). Yeah, now I really wanna go up Pocaterra Ridge. Found only above 1800m in elevation, larche needles turn a unique golden hue for a few weeks in early-autumn, and the result is jaw-droppingly beautiful for hikers. Join the trailpeak community. Pocaterra ridge will not disappoint. The only sign marking this trail states “Fragile area, please stay on designated trail”, but the trail is clear and well worn. … To see the weather forecasts for the other elevations, use the tab navigation above the Kaptain Kananaskis The valleys, waterfalls and peaks of K Country and beyond. 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. It was a bit of a surprise to see how white the western horizon was as I crested that first hill of the TransCanada at the edge of the city. 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. The Pocaterra Cirque and Ridge hikes are favourites year round (well, June to October!) But we've gone past that into a marvelous larch basin. 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. Temperatures will be below freezing (max -4°C on Wed night, min -19°C on Tue morning). A post shared by ᴊᴀsᴍɪɴᴇ (@jasmine.the.red.dobie) on May 4, 2020 at 9:41am PDT. As always, pack for changing Alberta Rocky Mountain weather, with the assumption it will be colder at the top. Stay on Hwy 40 for 67 km. There is a gathering area with outhouses and the Highwood Meadows Trail begins immediately. Note Gord's bare legs...more later. 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. This is a nice spot for a quick break with views of Mount Rae and Mount Arethusa. From Highwood Meadows, a short 200m stroll will take you across a small bridge with a left turn taking hikers onto the Pocaterra trails. 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). 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. 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. Sept 24 2019. Winds decreasing (extremely windy from the W on Sun morning, light winds from the SE by Mon morning). See the trail on google maps and google earth. The first challenge will be to cross Pocaterra Creek which is running robust from recent rain and continuing, high-elevation, snow melt. For a wider overview of the weather, consult the Weather Map of Alberta. Kananaskis (Nakiska Ridgetop), AB. * 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. 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. 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. Der Empfang von Zellen kann schwierig sein. A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Mon afternoon. 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! The other is a 12km hike starting north at Little Highwood parking lot and is a more advanced hike). Member Since: June 21, 2010. lancashirescott. 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 had interesting weather on our wonderful venture to Pocaterra Ridge, with moments of sunshine, moments of snowfall. add photo. Mount Pocaterra. 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? 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). Pocaterra Ridge is about 6 KM (3¾ miles) long and tracks the west side of Kananaskis Trail (Hwy 40). The Pocaterra Ridge hike is something that Louise and I had talked about doing for years, and last week we finally had a chance to do it. Pocaterra Ridge Trail Reports no reports have been added for Pocaterra Ridge yet, add a trail report . Hiking info, trail maps, and 30 trip reports from Pocaterra Ridge (2,667 m) in the Elk Range of Alberta 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). 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. Pocaterra Cirque and Ridge trail starts at the Highwood Day Pass Area off Highway 40, 67km south of the TransCanada junction. Northwest. Trail reports are used to indicate a trails current condition and … September 30, 2016 September 30, 2016. The need for a car shuttle scares off a lot of hikers and is also a bit of a pain. … I quickly changed the topic of conversation to the nice weather, and that seemed to appease them enough to let me go on my merry way. Stars: Activities: hike Seasons: fall summer From: ghreq. 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 Posted on December 11, 2013 by Carissa. Pocaterra Ridge, September 21 | Trip Reports | Kananaskis Outdoors Forum. 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. But what was more amazing was the number of other hikers that were on the same trail as us, considering it was a Tuesday in mid-September. The marked parking lot – Highwood Pass – will be on your right. Pocaterra Ridge (Highwood/Peter Lougheed) September 2016. I had to slow my pace considerably to allow for the Sun to rise over the slopes of Grizzly Ridge, but the wait was so worth it. September 14, 2010 4:39 pm. 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. Given the forecast deterioration of the weather in the afternoon, I decided against waiting and continued on. Type: out-and-back. Walking through the foot of the Cirque will take hikers through a golden larch forest that seems like something out of a fairytale. Heading north toward Little Highwood Pass, I began angling up scree slopes to the base of the lower cliff bands. Offline. If anyone sees it, please DM me! Our advanced weather models allow us to provide distinct weather forecasts for several elevations of 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. You’ll see a cairn at a fork in the trail, so take care to head left here (right goes to Pocaterra Ridge). PAGE 7: HIDE PAGE 7 SHOW/HIDE PIC 1 To Mount Tyrwhitt, as my buddies told me it was nothing but rubble. We love seeing the amazing Alpine Larches turn colour. After the tarn, the trail starts to climb towards a grassy area. The first part of the route to Pocaterra Ridge is an awful mess of braided, muddy trails. Bear sightings are not uncommon on this hike. And Sue is sporting brand new leather boots. There were a few groups hiking with us but none of them saw it. The weather was great, which meant for some stunning views all along the ridge. To our surprise, we only ran into perhaps 3 or 4 other groups and had the ridge mostly to ourselves. 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. Benutzer haben berichtet, dass die Wanderwege nicht gut markiert sind. The weather was calling for a storm in the early afternoon so I decided to meet up with my good friend and hiking buddy, Nathan, earlier in the morning. Onward Paul and I, and Mount Tyrwhitt in the background Sergeant on Pocaterra. Pocaterra Ridge Total Distance: 11 km. in Kananaskis, but they are particularly spellbinding in the autumn. The staff at the reception was very friendly and we appreciated their cordiality and felt comfortable as guests during our stay. A post shared by Canada (@imagesofcanada) on Sep 10, 2017 at 2:06pm PDT. Pocaterra Ridge Trail starts at Highwood Pass 140 km SW of Calgary. Pocaterra Tarn and the ridge to Mount Pocaterra. Time: 7 hrs. There are outstanding views of familiar features in the mountain range on the east side of the highway. This was on November 17. Pocaterra Ridge. 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. In theory, for keen hikers like me, the short distance and the mere 500m elevation gain to the first peak should have been, literally and figuratively, a walk in the Alberta park. Pocaterra Ridge. Southeast. I’m happy to be in the larches! PAGE 10: HIDE PAGE 10 SHOW/HIDE PIC 1. Find the most current and reliable 7 day weather forecasts, storm alerts, reports and information for [city] with The Weather Network. 1 (866) ... We booked a week-end and extended our stay for additional nights due to snow weather. You don't want strong winds or rain showing up when you're on an exposed ridge. table. Members. So here's our starting photo with a fine backdrop. A post shared by kamilla kozuback (@kamillakozuback) on Sep 24, 2019 at 1:30pm PDT. Be bear and wildlife aware, keep your dogs on a leash and any garbage in your pack and have a wonderful, unforgettable hike! Download our new mobile weather app . A dusting of new snow. Keep track of trails you have done or want to do. Pocaterra Ridge is an 11km (7 mile) relocation hike in Kananaskis Country. This table gives the weather forecast for Mount Pocaterra at the specific elevation of 2941 m. Another half kilometre and the Cirque– which is a mountain bowl surrounding the observer close to 180 degrees– will come into view. Winds increasing (light winds from the WNW on Tue night, gales from the W by Wed night). Wasn't too bad though especially it was solid. I would really like to fit this one in before the … Skip to content. We picked Pocaterra Ridge for our “Canada Day” hike (though a day late) and it surely didn’t disappoint! The parking area is directly adjacent to the highway and clearly marked. Pocaterra Ridge Sept 24 2019 Read More. 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. edit text. The view of the Valley is even more pronounced with distant peaks, bright blue sky (hopefully!) Nearby Amenities Kananaskis Village (26 km south of Hwy 1) has dining and lodging. So, we share this route as an out-and back route for Pocaterra Ridge. add review. The Pocaterra Inn & Waterslide offers hotel accommodation with complimentary breakfast, and family friendly waterslide. A post shared by Matty Warren (@mattywarrenphoto) on Sep 23, 2019 at 7:48am PDT. The ridge walk (approx. However, given the fantastic weather and the fact that this was Dorota's first hike in the Canadian Rockies, I threw caution to the wind and quickly decided that I was not going to let a logistical problem spoil a great ridge walk. Town: Kananaskis, AB. Pocaterra Ridge Hike. My Weather Profile Weather shortcuts Weather Topics | Access city. 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. 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. This easy walk through the golden forest starts to regain elevation, signalling the beginning of the ascent towards Pocaterra Ridge. Pocaterra Ridge met all the criteria. PAGE 9: HIDE PAGE 9 SHOW/HIDE PIC 1 View from the top. 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