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Photo: Looking southwest across Elbow Lake to Pocaterra Ridge and Mount Pocaterra (beyond) (courtesy Gerry Hopkins)

Pocaterra Ridge

  • 2667 m (8,750ft)
50.5992N -115.018W
Located between the Elk Range and Pocaterra Creek; northwest of Highwood Pass

Province: Alberta
Park: Kananaskis
Headwater: Bow
Visible from Highway: 40S

This long, grass covered ridge reaches its highest elevation near Highwood Pass at the headwaters of Pocaterra Creek.

Geologist John Allan (see Mount Allan) referred to the ridge as "Kootenay Ridge" and prior to that it had been known as Pocaterra Peaks. [Gillean Daffern]

George Pocaterra was a regular visitor to this ridge as he enjoyed the mountains and explored for coal.

The mountain to the west of the ridge is unofficially referred to as Mount Pocaterra. The peak across the valley to the north, Elpoca Mountain, is also named after George Pocaterra.

"The Diva and the Rancher -The story of Norma Piper and George Pocaterra" co-authored by David Finch and Jennifer Hamblin, is published by Rocky Mountain Books. It tells the story of George Pocaterra and Norma Piper, who became his wife. For additional details please see: www.rmbooks.com.

Photo: Looking northwest to Pocaterra Ridge with Mount Pocaterra at left (courtesy Gerry Hopkins)

Looking south to Pocaterra Ridge from Highwood Ridge (Elk Range at left; Gap Mountain and Mount Wintour at right)

Looking south to Pocaterra Ridge from Highwood Ridge

Looking south to Pocaterra Ridge from Highwood Ridge

Looking northwest to Pocaterra Ridge (Mount Pocaterra beyond) from Highway #40 at Highwood Pass

Looking north-northwest to Mount Pocaterra (left) and Pocaterra Ridge (courtesy Sonny Bou)