Distance 11.9 km loop, height gain 1036 m, strenuous
The "Kootenay Ridge," as geologist John Allan called it in 1947, is a heavenly ridge walk where it's possible to pick off four tops named even farther back in time, "the Pocaterra Peaks" 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, there'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 it'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.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 1 Trail #46
Trailhead: Little Highwood Pass 50.6428388N, -115.04149947W
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Last updated Aug 20, 2018