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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.