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Pocaterra Ridge Hike


  • Pocaterra Ridge



  • September 28, 2021



  • Ed, Dave, Phil, Erin, Rod, Bauer, Ian



  • take Highway 1 west and turn south onto Highway 40
  • follow Highway 40 for 67 km to the top of the Highwood Pass
  • park in the lot on the right (west) side of the highway
  • the trailhead is out of the north end of the parking lot



Degree of difficulty:

  • 650 meters to the top of the ridge
  • 8.5 km return
  • 3.5 hours total time on the trail
  • moderate start for the first few km until you get to the base of Pocaterra Ridge, at which time the steep ascent starts
  • the ascent has some loose shale and snow on this day, so it’s best to take your time and ensure you gain proper traction
  • for the same reason, you need to be careful on the descent, and poles are a good idea



Interesting notes:

  • this is an excellent larch tree viewing area in the valley below the ridge and on Pocaterra Ridge
  • people can hike into the valley to view the larches without having to ascent the grueling climb up to the ridge
  • another option is to leave a vehicle at a lower parking lot below the Highwood Pass and do the full ridge from south to north
  • Pocaterra Ridge trail provides views of Elk Ridge, Highwood Ridge, Grizzly Ridge, Mount Tyrwhitt, and Mount Rae
  • the trail is named after George Pocaterra, who was involved in ranching, trapping, hunting, coal, and general exploration in the Highwood area