ForgetMeNot Ridge

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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7-9.5h
Distance
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24.5 km
Elevation
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944 m
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Overall Rating
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9.8
Physical Difficulty
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Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
Technical Difficulty
This is the average user-submitted rating on the technical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Panoramic views from the Forget Me Not Ridge hike in Kananaskis near Canmore

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Route Description for ForgetMeNot Ridge

Setting off from the parking lot heading south, then west you will quickly cross the Little Elbow River using the Harold Chapman bridge. Come off the bridge head towards the north end of ForgetMeNot Ridge, hiking on trail (do not take the intersections heading south) until you reach the Elbow River.

As we were hiking before spring break up there was no water flowing on the surface and we easily picked up the trail on the other side of the river flats. During runoff the ford may be difficult, stop and assess your safety. A short time later, you will come across a cairn that marks the start of our trail, take a right and start up the ForgetMeNot Ridge trail. The hike up quickly gains elevation as the trail make some steep switchbacks.

The traverse towards ForgetMeNot Mountain involved losing 140 m of elevation and then regaining nearly all of it, but both the descent and ascent were dead easy and the grade was very gentle.

From the summit you have two options to return to the trailhead: Retrace your steps for a great scenic descent, or drop off the ridge to the southwest, intersect the Threepoint Creek trail, follow it west to the Threepoint Mountain trail, then follow that trail out to the Elbow River and the Big Elbow trail.

If you opt for the new route, due to lack of use, the trail from the Summit to the Threepoint Creek trail may be overgrown. You should be able to see the trail from the summit and a little bushwhacking is all thats necessary. A fast walk back along the Big Elbow trail then brings you to the Little Elbow River. Follow long the river until you reach the bridge crossing and then continuing heading north until you reach the parking lot.

Insider Hints for ForgetMeNot Ridge

  • Consider bringing a second set of shoes or a towel as we ford the little elbow river if not iced over.
  • The breeze can pickup coming off the river, back a wind breaker even in the summer months.

Getting to the ForgetMeNot Ridge Trailhead

Drive to the end of Highway 66 (about 40 minutes from Calgary). Park at ForgetMeNot Pond or the Little Elbow Campground. Note Highway #66 is closed at Elbow Falls from Dec 1st to May 15th.

Route Information

  • When to do

    May 15 - October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Toilets

    No

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Poor

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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