Pocaterra Ridge

A beautiful hike right from the start offering great mountain views, alpine flowers and a good workout.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
8.2 km
Ascent
566 m
Descent
566 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
19˚
Pocaterra Ridge Map

You start your hike on a very well-defined trail that is very easy to walk. You will have to step over roots and rocks as you get further into the hike, but it is mostly a dirt trail until it opens up in the valley. You will walk across some rock fields where the footing is tricky and slowly gain elevation.

Description

There is lots of water from the creek, which adds to the alpine experience.

As you are at the base of Pocaterra ridge, you will see where you need to get to. There are some sections along the climb at the beginning that are steep and have a steep drop down on the grass alpine meadow slope.

The climb is on a mix of dirt, rock, and grass. The trail is very fine dirt, and is very slippery. When you can stay off it, choose to hike up the grass area for better grip and safety.

The ridge, depending on how far you want to walk, is a decent width where you can sit and enjoy lunch and the views.

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

July, August, September, October

Features

  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly