Forget-Me-Not Pond - Kananaskis - Hiking Alberta

 

The short, easy hike around Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country.

 

 

The hiking objective for the day is to drive west on Hwy 22x and continue on Hwy 66 past Bragg Creek into Kananaskis Country on paved road to hike the Ford Knoll near the end of the road.  As a warm-up, the loop hike around Forget-Me-Not Pond is located directly across the road. 

Michael is a couple of days shy of his 10th birthday.  The car in the large and well-signed road-side parking area near Forget-Me-Not Pond with immediate access to the pristine, emerald pond in the shadow of Forget-Me-Not Mountain.  Walking the paved, short flat path in either direction provides stunning views of surrounding mountains. 

Following photographs tell the story.

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond - Kananaskis - Hiking Alberta Our first view of Forget-Me-Not Pond beneath Forget-Me-Not Ridge which leads to the U-shaped summit of Forget-Me-Not Mountain behind.

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond - Kananaskis, Country, Alberta, Canada Michael immediately begins taking pictures from the small, wooden bridge

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond - Kananaskis, Country, Alberta, Canada Forget-Me-Not Pond is fed by the Elbow River and this outlet returns overflow back to the Elbow River.

 

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The small, emerald pond, which looks very tiny from the summit of Forget-Me-Not Mountain, was badly damaged in the 2005 floods which saw the Elbow River swell to envelope the pond but the excellent restoration has restored, even improved, this beautiful and relaxing oasis. 

Forget-Me-Not Pond is a very popular picnic area which is also used by transient tenants of the nearby Little Elbow Provincial Campground.  The pink bridge, a few hundred meters upstream, accesses many excellent hiking trails on the other side of the Little Elbow River.

 

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A short off-trail hike diversion checks out the Little Elbow River between the pond and Forget-Me-Not Ridge.

 

 

 

 

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Fully warmed up now the parked car can remain in the Forget-Me-Not Pond parking area because the trail-head for Ford Knoll is nearby on the other side of Highway 66.

 

 

 

 

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