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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. Although we didn't completely escape the snow, we did find sunshine.

The route unfolds as it is described in Kananaskis Country Trail Guide. We walked over the suspension bridge, but after that we deviated slightly from the book. We kept left, close to 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, and incidentally, the snow line. 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 guidebook 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 10 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 searching fruitlessly for the cave mentioned in the guidebook, 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 and GPX Tracks

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

Crossing the gravel flats by Elbow River

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

Red crossbills were busy feeding on pine cones

Forgetmenot Ridge North is left but we didn't bother doing it

Nihahi Ridge fills the background

The summit is still far off

The trail ends at a cairn

Dinah reaches the cairn

We headed 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

Glad we didn't have to climb straight up these cliffs!

Ascending the rock band

We continued our walk to the summit

We passed some interesting rocks (mouse over)

A lot 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 ascended Forgetmenot Mountain

Threepoint Mountain

Bluerock Mountain, Mount Rose and Threepoint Mountain

Hiking to the summit

Looking back at a dry stretch just before the summit

On the summit of Forgetmenot Mountain

Dinah gazes at the hills to the southeast

82 J/15 Bragg Creek

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