The short, easy hike around Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.
The hiking objective for the day is to drive west on Hwy 22x and continue west 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. My grandson Michael is my hiking partner for this day which is a couple of days shy of his 10th birthday.
The car remains 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 around Forger-Me-Not Pond in either direction provides stunning views of surrounding mountains.
Following photographs tell the story.
The small, emerald pond, which looks very tiny from the top of Forget-Me-Not Ridge, 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 campers in 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.
A short, off-trail diversion checks out the Little Elbow River between the pond and Forget-Me-Not Ridge.
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.