Distance 11.9 km loop, height gain 1036 m, strenuous
The â€œKootenay Ridge,â€ as geologist John Allan called it in 1947, is a heavenly ridge walk where itâ€™s possible to pick off four tops named even farther back in time, â€œthe Pocaterra Peaksâ€ by George Pocaterra.
The ridge is often hiked in combination with Little Highwood Pass and Rockfall Valley to make an 11.9 km loop back to the parking lot.
Start: Hwy. 40 (Kananaskis Trail) at Little Highwood Pass day-use area
Difficulty: Scrambling is optional (except for the fourth top, the ridge is mainly grass), exposure is nil and you can escape from almost anywhere in the event of a thunderstorm. It is, though, a fairly strenuous flog with a substantial height gain. Making things easier since the last edition is a trail that has replaced the initial bushwhack to peak no. 1. In fact, thereâ€™s a trail most of the way now!
Note: Becoming more popular with groups is a one-way trip of 10.1 km to Highwood Pass using trails #52 and 49. Often itâ€™s hiked from south to north to take advantage of less height gain and easier-angled uphill slopes.
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
This trail is not featured in any of our guidebooks
Trailhead: Little Highwood Pass 50.6428388N, -115.04149947W
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Last updated Jul 9, 2016