Forget-Me-Not Pond - Kananaskis - Hiking Alberta

 

Forget Me Not Pond is a pristine oasis in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.

 

Forget Me Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond is a popular recreation place for a stroll or a picnic in Kananaskis Country to a pristine, emerald pond nestled beneath Forget-Me-Not Ridge within close proximity to the Elbow River west of Bragg Creek near the end of Elbow Falls Trail (Hwy 66).

From the trail-head kiosk, at the far end of the large parking area, the first wooden bridge begins the hike clockwise around the pond.

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada One of the entrances to Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada The wooden bridge over the outflow from Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond miraculously remained relatively unscathed in the major June 2013 flood event.  There were minor breaches from the adjacent Elbow River but the pretty little pond managed to avoid the total devastation experienced at nearby Allen Bill Pond.  Some wildflowers have gone to seed as others bloom through late summer.

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Wildflowers in seed at Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Leafy Asters are late bloomers at Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada The wide rocky shore of the Elbow River is littered with flood debris near Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Surrounding mountains at the end of Elbow Falls Trail (Hwy 66), west of Bragg Creek, host a wide variety of hiking experiences.

A few of the more popular are Ford Knolls, Powderface Ridge, Forget-Me-Not Mountain and Nihahi Ridge.

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Nahahi Ridge towering over the Elbow River near Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Mountains to the west include, Glasgow, Romulus and Remus near Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada The late season Elbow River near Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

The broad, rocky shoreline provides opportunities for rock tossing and skipping stones into still portions of the Elbow River.  There are shallow sections suitable for wading in the frigid, fast-running water.

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Fast-running water in the Elbow River near Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Wading in the cold, fast-running water of the Elbow River near Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Wading in the cold, fast-running water of the Elbow River near Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Wading in the cold, fast-running water of the Elbow River near Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Cascading white water of the Elbow River near Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Return to Forget-Me-Not Pond completes the short walk around its circumference.  The still, emerald water catches reflections of surrounding mountains and the crystal clear water's clarity reveals bottom features near shoreline.

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Nihahi Ridge past Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Nihahi Ridge past Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Nihahi Ridge past Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Powderface Ridge past Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta

 

The pond is busy with people walking, picnicking or fishing around the edge.  Water trickles in over round boulder channels from drainages on the other side of Elbow Valley.

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Forget-Me-Not Ridge past Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Closing in on completion of the loop around Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

From the final bridge the hike returns to the car to enjoy lunch at a nearby picnic table, surrounded by lush forest, beside a babbling brook.

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada On the second bridge at Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada The lunch location view of the creek at Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada The lunch location view of the creek at Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

On the return drive to south Calgary a brief detour into Cobble Flat.  Last summer's flood has devastated the camping area and large parts of the interpretive trail are gone.

 

Forget-Me-Not Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada A view from the Cobble Flat access road to the 2013 flood devastation in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Our final stop will be for the customary, long-held tradition of ice cream cones in Bragg Creek from the copious selection at Frontier Candy and Ice Cream.

 

Photographs for this day at Forget-Me-Not Pond near Kananaskis Country west of Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada were taken on August 12, 2014.

 

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