Pocaterra Ridge Details + Registration Information!

Autumn hike365 October 5th Hike!

Hey ladies! This months Hike365 event is on Sunday October 5th and we are heading up to Pocaterra Ridge in Alberta’s own Kananaskis Country!



Name: Pocaterra Ridge Hike South to North – trailhead located south on Hwy 40

Photo by Bob Spirko
Photo by Bob Spirko



Photo by Bob Spirko
Photo by Bob Spirko

The Pocaterra Ridge is one of the premier ridge walks in the Canadian Rockies with a great rewards for the effort. 

As you follow the ridge you will have beautiful views of everything from Highwood Pass to Elbow Lake and Pass, back to the Kananaskis Lakes and Mount Indefatigable.

We begin with a gentle ascent though the forest eventually reaching a small tarn.

Above the tarn the trail will lead through Highwood meadow and into a large amphitheater with Pocaterra cirque to the south leading to Grizzly Col and Little Highwood Pass and Pocaterra Ridge to the north.

We will then ascend + hike the ridge and a total of 4 peaks.

As we begin our final descent the Little Highwood Pass parking lot will be visible. The trail will eventually cross a creek and then empty onto the highway slightly west of where we will have some of the vehicles. 

Links to various descriptions + photos of Pocaterra Ridge Hike!

Hiking with Barry

Hiking Camping Blog

Photo by Bob Spirko
Photo by Bob Spirko

Trail Rating: Moderate with some scrambling
Distance: 10 km return
Elevation Gain: 670m
Duration: Minimum 5 hours return ( we are looking for girls who also want to take a lot of photos during the hike, which means our hiking time will be a bit longer )

Map: See below

Map by Scott Adams
Map by Scott Adams

Trail Head Location + Directions:

Trail head is located approximately 1 hour 40 minutes from Calgary.

From the TransCanada highway 1 west, exit at Casino +  follow Highway 40 south 70.2km  to Little Highwood Pass Parking lot

We are doing a shuttle hike, so we will meet at the north end of the ridge to organize the shuttles at: Little Highwood Pass Parking Lot

Photo by Hiking with Barry
Photo by Hiking with Barry


START TIME: 9am sharp!

Experience Level: 4-5hr day hike before, 600m+ elevation gain experience preferred. 

Scrambling Experience: Required, we will be escrambling along steep slopes, up onto rocky summit

Fitness Level: must be able to hike consistently at a pace allowing us to gain 670+ metres over 10.km with minimal breaks ( a nice long lunch at a great viewpoint is always a must!)

Equipment Required: Bear Spray.  You will not be permitted to join the hike if you do not have bear spray at the trailhead.


Photo by Hiking Camping Blog
Photo by Hiking Camping Blog


Registration opens Friday Sept 26th at 9 am Please email: hike365@northbirchgrove.com with your full name, Instagram user name, phone number, and your completed questionnaire (NOTE: our questionnaire has last months hike date + destination, please bear with us!)

Please download your questionnaire HERE  and send your responses in with your registration email request! NOTE: our questionnaire has last months hike date + destination, please bear with us!

Our lead girls AV + Jocelyn will  both be out of town on friday, so the registration will be done as per our standard at first come first serve, but we may not be able to send out confirmation emails until after friday so sit tight! Our apologies in advance!


This is a FREE hike, we are a group of girls meeting at a trail head to hike the same trail. You are responsible for your own self on the trail and we are not liable. By attending this free event you are agreeing to our terms, and must acknowledge our waiver that will be sent to your email.

You are required to email transfer a $25 deposit to hike365@northbirchgrove.com to complete your registration. This deposit will be paid back to you at the trail head. If you are unable to attend the event or cancel, your deposit is only returned to you provided we can find a girl to fill your spot.

We hope that you understand Hike365 is based on the concept of building community among women who want to meet other girls to hike with and connect in the future on our own hikes. We have a large number of girls who join the wait list for our events, but with short notice often cannot attend if someone cancels. The basis of the deposit is so that if you need to cancel, you do so within an ample timeline and we are then able to get another hike365’er out on the adventure!

Hike365 is only open to women, sorry boys!

Metsä the blue heeler will be joining us  on leash at all times  . If you want to bring your pup we love the company!  We require that your dog remains on leash at all times, and is good with other dogs + people

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