Forgetmenot Mountain is not a scramble. It is a hike to the top of a gentle summit. It was a good one to do on my own because there wasn't any technical scrambling. It did get pretty remote, being over 11 km from the road. Also, the trail ended as soon as you got up onto the start of the upper ridge. There was a long ways to go following a map app with no trail.
I did this hike on a Monday and I saw one person who went as far as Forgetmenot Ridge and then turned around.
It was an interesting hike overall and I would recommend it if you are looking for a long hike where you are not likely to see many people and you don't mind doing some off trail navigating.
The trail starts out nice and easy. You cross a suspension bridge over the Little Elbow River. Then hike down the river on good trail.
The trail comes out at the Big Elbow River, dry here at this time of year. Cross the rocky river bed and look for a red diamond in the trees on the other side which marks the trail.
You are heading to he treed ridge in the background. This is where the trail goes up to Forgetmenot Ridge which you must travel to get to the mountain.
Hike up the trail on the other side of the dry river bed until arriving here, where the trail splits. The uphill trail on the right is the one that goes up to the ridge. Peaches is in front of a small pile of rocks, marking the trail junction.
After a short gentle uphill slope, the trail begins to climb steeply through the trees.
Traverse across the slope, through the forest.
The trail emerges at the bottom of a steep rocky slope. It then begins to switch back up the slope. The switchbacks go on for a very long time. It begins to feel like a way of life. Peaches, have we always been climbing these switchbacks?
out and back
Little Elbow Recreation Area. The trail begins at the suspension bridge.
My path up to the summit and back recorded on the FATMAP app on my phone.
A Kananskis Conservation Pass is required to park your vehicle at the trailhead. Buy one here https://conservationpass.alberta.ca/kcp
Looking back at Forgetmenot Ridge from Forgetmenot Mountain. This was a long walk on a hot day. Peaches and I enjoyed it though. Although it was longer and more elevation gain than Mount Bryant, it did not feel as hard.
That makes 13 peaks climbed this year and I'm still on track to make the 20 Peaks goal. I'm not sure what I'll do next. Still waiting for Dan's ankle to heal, I really want to do some challenging scrambles with him.