Hike: Forgetmenot Mtn

The flowers may have tucked in, but the views are always spectacular! Forecast *fingers crossed* says no snow, so we'll work off the turkey by hitting up this spectacular ridge. Bring water sandals for crossing the Elbow River - it should be low (or gone), but just in case its best to have a change of shoes. If people need to return early for Thanksgiving dinner, the summit is a good turning point, 7km (and 700m elevation) along the ridge.

A good level of fitness is required as the pace is moderate to fast. Please be realistic about your abilities. You must be able to commit to the entire event.

Rating: Difficult (D6)
Distance: 19 km
Elevation gain: 800 m
Time: 5-7 hrs (+ driving time: 1h one way)

More info:

http://hikingwithbarry.com/2011/02/20/forget-me-not-mountain-kananaskis-country-hiking-alberta/

http://bobspirko.ca/Hiking/Forgetmenot/Forgetmenot.html

EQUIPMENT:

• Hiking boots, water sandals, post-hike shoes

• Hiking poles

• Proper clothing (rain jacket/pants/cover for pack, toque, gloves, wool socks)

• Lunch and drinks (water, warm tea, beer, baileys)

• Sun glasses, SPF rated lip balm, sunscreen

• Micro spikes or crampons (optional)

• No jeans, no cotton clothing of any kind!

Gear can be rented at MEC and UofC Outdoor Center.

DRIVING AND DIRECTIONS:
We will meet at the in Calgary meeting point and carpool from there. Please be on time as we will only wait a short while past past the departure time before we leave.

Access Hwy 66 either from Hwy 22X, or the Hwy 22 from Bragg Creek. 22 km west along Hwy 66, you'll encounter Powderface Trail road. At the junction of Hwy. 66 (Elbow Falls Trail) and Powderface Trail (road) is a small parking area on the north side.  If full, use a parking area 200m along Hwy. 66 toward Little Elbow Recreation Area. (Google Maps)

Leave a message in the comments if you'd like to meet up in the south end of town (Somerset-Bridlewood LRT station), rather than the north end.

WAIVER:

You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have this for you.

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  • Christophe

    We had a fantastic weather which highlighted the stunning views !

    October 17, 2013

  • Scott

    Awesome day guys! Thanks again for the wicked weather, Erika... and also for installing that sweet stone/log bridge for us. You're really too kind!

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • Brad F.

    beautiful hike and day

    October 14, 2013

  • Anna

    Coming. Just a few minutes late. Apology.

    October 14, 2013

  • Steve

    I'll meet up at the trailhead since I'll be driving in from Canmore.

    October 14, 2013

    • Erika

      Thanks for letting us know.

      October 14, 2013

  • Laura

    someone coming from Cochrane tomorrow? Or could someone pick me (and possibly Amanda) from petrol Canada on the way? And what time would you be there?

    October 13, 2013

    • Steve

      Are you referring to the Petro Canada at hwy 1 and hwy 22?

      October 14, 2013

  • Trevor B.

    linda is cancelling cuz she will be hungover.

    1 · October 13, 2013

    • Erika

      She has to be hungover first, but Tony, likely there'll be a spot for you.

      1 · October 13, 2013

    • Tony

      Thanks Erika. But something just came up. I was really looking forward to this but now have to change my RSVP to no. Hope I can join you next weekend.

      October 14, 2013

  • Anna

    I don't have sandals.... I'm taking extra boots

    October 13, 2013

  • Michael

    Hey I am going to have to cancel out and miss what sounds to be a great time.

    October 13, 2013

  • Laura

    I would also need a pair of sandals. Does anyone have spare ones? I did not take any from Finland:)

    October 13, 2013

  • Laura

    does anyone have extra pair of gaitors?

    October 13, 2013

  • Erika

    High of 9oC tomorrow, with a low of -5oC (will likely be below 0 by the time we get to the trailhead) at Bragg Creek, so it will likely be cooler along the ridge. Definitely bring layers (wind is forecasted at 10 kph). Given the view of Moose Mountain (http://www.worldincams.com/north-america/canada/canada-moose-mountain-bragg-creek-alberta-morley.html) snow is quite likely - bring gaiters, rain pants, along with extra foot traction (eg. microspikes ideally, poles alternatively) if possible. You can rent from MEC or the U of C Outdoor Center.

    October 13, 2013

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