Pocaterra Ridge, Alberta

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SteveR

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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.
On July 13 though, we did the traverse of Pocaterra Ridge in the Highwood Pass area of Kananaskis with a rather large group, not to mention a lot of others taking advantage of a decent forecast, and the onset of flower season in the alpine.
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After a car shuttle to set up our one way trip, a short walk though the woods led to a view of the south end of the ridge at right, showing the ascent line to the highest of it's 4 summits.
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Ascending the ridge, with views back to Grizzly Col.
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A happy dog at our first break.
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Onwards!
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Flower meadows below the steeper part.
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Our route came around the forested shoulder at right and through the larch forest in the valley below.
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Summit ridge of peak #1.
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We are in a provincial park here, which means leashed dogs only. But- a bit of well deserved freedom for Piper.
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A look back to the trailhead at Highwood Pass.
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Looking ahead to the next 2 tops on the undulating ridge.
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First drop off the highpoint. This is an unofficial trail, but as you can see- it's popularity means a well trodden path.
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A bit of off-leash after another snow roll.
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Avoiding some loose scrambling along the crest.
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A look back at peaks 1 and 2.
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Ecstasy!
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Potentilla, and Highwood Pass.
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Views evolve as we progress north and down along the ridge towards the final top.
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I need this rock garden at home.
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Mostly the early flowers thus far, but in a few weeks these glades will be packed with paintbrush and fleabane.
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A look back at peak #3.
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Arnica on top #4- the last one.
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Leaving the final top, for the steep plunge to our shuttle vehicles in the parking lot below. At 11 km with around 1000m vertical, Pocaterra Ridge is not a long excursion, and we've done it many times in the past, but it is always rewarding. Especially as we avoided the afternoon storms that have plagued a couple of our other ridgewalks this summer.
 

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Noun Sequitur

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Very nice. I'm just curious... is the brown to white color shift in the ridges really that dramatic or was it the lighting?
 

wsp_scott

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Awesome views and flowers, Piper in the snow looks like a very happy dog
 

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Stunning, stunning views! Makes me want to hike up high somewhere one day! LOL

Doggies in the snow are the best. :)

Thanks for sharing!
 

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