View from Forgetmenot Mountain

Forgetmenot Ridge and Mountain
Kananaskis, Alberta
September 2, 2008

With cool temperatures and snow coming to the mountains we settled on hiking up Forgetmenot Ridge and Forgetmenot Mountain. The route unfolds as it is described in the guide book. We walked over the suspension bridge but after that we deviated slightly from the book by keeping left, by the river bank and in the sunshine. Then we caught an old road that took us into the trees and onto the main trail.

In a short time, we came to the cairn marking the trail up Forgetmenot Ridge. The trail ascends steeply without respite until it reaches an open ridge. After that, the grade levels and the trail ends. We followed the open ridge toward the summit which is called Forgetmenot Ridge.

After reaching the summit, we continued along the ridge, losing nearly 150 m in the process, to climb Forgetmenot Mountain. The book says the summits are of equal height. We were hoping that for the added effort, Forgetmenot Mountain would be higher. It wasn't the case: our GPS units showed Forgetmenot Mountain was lower than Forgetmenot Ridge by ten metres.

Nonetheless, Forgetmenot Mountain provided great views of Bluerock Mountain, Mount Rose and Threepoint Mountain. We spent forty minutes on the summit, most of it spent in a fruitless search for the cave mentioned in the book, before heading back.

I was expecting a monotonous hike but for some reason – perhaps it was the wide-open vistas – Forgetmenot Ridge turned out to be a memorable hike.

KML Track


Heading to the end of Forgetmenot Ridge (skyline) where we'll start our ascent


Harebell covered in frost: Record lows were reported in a few places in
Southern Alberta the previous night


Hiking up the ridge we came across a tree with rocks hanging from it


Iyarhe Ipan


Several of these birds, probably red crossbills, were busy feeding on pine cones. Mouse over
any to enlarge.


The northernmost summit is left but we didn't bother doing it


Nahahi Ridge fills the background


The trail ends at a cairn


Dinah reaches the cairn


We head to Forgetmenot Ridge


The summit of Forgetmenot Ridge is near the point on the left


The trail heads up the left side of a minor cliff band


Climbing up the rock band


We continued our walk to the summit


I checked out some interesting rocks (mouse over to look back)


A great deal of annoying loose, jagged rocks before the summit of Forgetmenot Ridge


Banded Peak, Outlaw Peak, Mount Cornwall and Mount Glasgow on the skyline


On the broad summit of Forgetmenot Ridge


Starting out for Forgetmenot Mountain


Looking back at Forgetmenot Ridge as we ascend Forgetmenot Mountain


Threepoint Mountain


Bluerock Mountain, Mount Rose and Threepoint Mountain


Hiking to the summit


On the summit


82 J/15 Bragg Creek

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