Wedge Pond - Kananaskis Country - Hiking Alberta

 

Wedge Pond is a beautiful roadside oasis near Mount Kidd in Kananaskis Country, Alberta.

 

 

The plan for this day is hiking The Wedge above Wedge Pond.  The plan is interrupted by a compulsive decision to hike Hummingbird Plume Lookout near Nakiska in the morning.  There is insufficient time left in the day to realize the initial objective, however, there is time for lunch at Wedge Pond followed by a bit of advance trail reconnaissance for a subsequent attempt on The Wedge.  Mountains are like good friends - they are always there when you need them. 

The Wedge Pond Day Use Area is clearly signed on Kananaskis Trail, south of Evan-Thomas Creek and the Mount Kidd R.V. Park.

 

Wedge Pond - Kananaskis Country. Alberta, Canada 

 

The short hike downhill from the Wedge Pond trail sign near the washrooms leads to a wide shoreline around the pond with expansive views of surrounding mountains.  The distinctive flat summit of The Fortress is compromised by low cloud.  Overcast skies are threatening precipitation.

 

Wedge Pond - Kananaskis Country. Alberta, Canada

Wedge Pond - Kananaskis Country. Alberta, Canada The Fortress from Wedge Pond - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Wedge Pond - Kananaskis Country. Alberta, Canada

Wedge Pond - Kananaskis Country. Alberta, Canada A view south-east across Wedge Pond to 'The Wedge' in Kananaskis Country

 

Soon the Wedge Pond water level will be increased and the pond will be stocked with fish for summer recreation in a beautiful, relaxing location.  Half an hour will be taken to relax and enjoy lunch before hiking the interpretive trail around the pond. 

There is a complex of bicycle paths and hiking trails which link Wedge Pond with the Mount Kidd R.V. Park, Evan-Thomas, Kananaskis Village and the Ribbon Creek/Nakiska area, connected by Stoney Trail to the trails associated with Barrier Lake.

 

Wedge Pond - Kananaskis Country. Alberta, Canada The new Marmot Precip rain shell also makes it easier for the rescue helicopter

 

Wedge Pond - Kananaskis Country. Alberta, Canada The view of 'The Wedge from the lunch spot on the shore of Wedge Pond.

 

Immediately following a delicious and satisfying lunch, the hike begins on the flat, easy, 1.0 KM (⅝ mile) trail, through a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees, around Wedge Pond.  There are periodic access points to the shoreline along the way.  Each has its own unique view of mountains across the far side of the pond.  Water levels are seasonally low.

 

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The objective is to locate an obscure trail-head near a culvert, as described in the Kananaskis Country Trail Guide, Volume 1, 4th edition.  The rustic trail is there, perpendicular to the Wedge Pond circumference loop trail.  The culvert is small, metal and nearly covered by accumulations of earth.  The trail is somewhat overgrown and littered with dead fall.  The exploratory trek up onto 'The Wedge' will begin from here.

 

Wedge Pond - Kananaskis Country. Alberta, Canada

 

Wedge Pond is an ideal location to relax, enjoy a short, easy hike around a small, beautiful pond, maybe read a book, or take some photographs.  The tranquil pong is a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic in the mountains but it might be wise, on a summer weekend, to arrive early and stake a claim to your temporary piece of real estate.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for your comment, Helen. It has been an extended spring and there is an unusually narrow altitude range between maturing leaves and those just beginning to bud. The bears are staying lower in the valley because berry bushes at higher altitudes will be delayed. Spring is the season where new leaves are glossy in a wide variety of greens. The kaleidoscope of color moves up the slopes in slow motion as the season progresses. It is one of my favorite times and I have always been fond of the reflections on still water. Everything is fresh and clear.

Love the deep shades of green reflected on the pond's surface in your 1st shots.

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