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Forgetmenot Mountain (Ridge, Lookout)

Summit Elevations (m): 2229 (North Summit), 2332 (Ridge, Summit)
Trip Date: Sunday, August 29, 2021
Elevation Gain (m): 1050
Round Trip Time (hrs): 6 
Total Trip Distance (km): 23
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2 – you fall, you sprain your ego and your pinkie and should probably tie your shoelaces.
Difficulty Notes: The trails lower down might be confusing but once you find the main one across the Elbow River you’re golden. Once off the north summit the trail is only intermittent but with Gaia loaded up on your phone you will (should) have no issues finding the various highpoints. 
Technical Rating: OT4; YDS (Hiking)
Map: Google Maps


I was hoping to take advantage of one of the nicest, clearest days of August 2021 with a big trip on Sunday the 29th but alas, my body wouldn’t allow it. 🙁 After almost 5 weeks absence from mountains and then a big day with Cornelius on Aldridge and Courcelette the day before, my body was letting me know that if I pushed it too hard I’d regret it for my favorite month of the year – September. I couldn’t simply sit at home either though, so I finally pulled the trigger on a front range peak sitting in my backyard only ~45 minutes from my house. I’ve been saving Forgetmenot Mountain for years now, waiting for a day when I want to do something but not anything too strenuous or far from home. I guess August 29th, 2021 was as good a day as any to do this hike!

Forgetmenot Ridge and Mountain Route Map.

Last time I attempted this route I was stymied by a deep and fast flowing Elbow River and ended up on North Glasgow and Garriochmill Peak instead (a nice backup plan). This time I was happy to note that the Elbow River didn’t even require wet shoes to get across. There is a somewhat confusing network of trails to get to the north end of the ridge leading up to Forgetmenot but after crossing the Elbow River things cleared up and I followed first a road and then a good trail (pink ribbon) up the NW ridge leading steeply upward. 

The weather was fantastic as I followed a highway in scree to the upper NW ridge and got my first views to the north summit of Forgetmenot. I hiked along the broad ridge crest following a mostly obvious trail through some trees before I branched to my left to ascend the north peak.

The route to the North Summit (L) is obvious as I gain the north ridge.

The winds were calm and the sun was warm as I hiked the last few steps to a large cairn with a dog memorial at the north summit. Views were awesome in the clear morning air and I enjoyed recalling many of my earliest hikes and peaks from 20 years ago when I first discovered the Rockies for myself after moving from Manitoba.

L to R, Forgetmenot Ridge, Bluerock, Threepoint, Cougar, Banded, Outlaw, Cornwall, Glasgow, Garriochmill, Romulus, Remus, Fisher, Fullerton, Nihahi, Powderface Ridge, Moose, Prairie, Îyarhe Îpan, Swany’s, Quirk Ridge.
L to R, Banded, Outlaw, Cornwall, Glasgow, Garriochmill.

After snapping a bunch of photos I turned my attention to the VERY distant looking Forgetmenot Ridge. The good news for me was that the weather was so nice it made the hiking an absolute pleasure. Many of my friends have saved this easy peak for bad conditions, which makes sense, but hiking it in perfect conditions was pretty nice too. I was a bit surprised by the fall color already coming out in the vegetation along the ridge.

Hiking towards a distant Forgetmenot Ridge (C-R).
Fall colors are in display as I continue the traverse to Forgetmenot Ridge (L).

There was an easy scrambling option up a short NE abutment ridge to the NW end of Forgetmenot Ridge which was fun and scenic. The trails from the north summit were intermittent but the route is (should be) fairly obvious. I was whistling as I hiked over loose rock / small boulders to the summit of the ridge. I stopped whistling as I glanced south to the far off summit of Forgetmenot Mountain but soon realized I wasn’t in a rush and after snapping summit photos from the ridge I slowly wandered down towards the “mountain”.

Views off of Forgetmenot Ridge including the long traverse from the north summit at left.
Views from Forgetmenot Ridge to a still distant looking Forgetmenot Mountain. Bluerock, Rose, Threepoint, Cougar, Rae and other peaks to the right.

The hike from the ridge to the “mountain” (really there is only a ridge here) was pretty easy and pleasant. I did get slightly annoyed at a section of loose rocks / boulders near the shallow col between the ridge and the peak as they slowed me down and threw off my gait as this terrain tends to do. Soon I was hiking up to the high point on the peak and being buzzed by a heli for some reason. The chopper thankfully moved on and soon it was just me (and a couple of other hikers further along the peak) and some damn fine scenery. I enjoyed a late lunch before reluctantly turning to the long hike back.

Views back along the entire Forgetmenot Mountain massif (R) and up the Elbow River (L).
Rose (L), Burns, Threepoint, Cougar, Banded, Outlaw, Cornwall, Glasgow, Garriochmill.
Volcano Ridge, Allsmoke, Missinglink, Surveyor’s, Prospector’s and many other small summits to the south. Bluerock and Threepoint to the right.

The descent went smoothly and the weather only improved as I hiked back down the long north ridge and the steep lower NW ridge to the trail below. 

Views over the long north ridge to the north summit and my exit route.
A hwy in scree leads back down to the NW ridge / access trail. Forgetmenot Pond at mid center with Nihahi and Powderface Ridge in the bg.

By the time I was enjoying views over a busy Forgetmenot Pond (lots of SUPs dotting its surface) the sun was scorching hot and I was wondering if I should apply more sunscreen. Thankfully the Elbow River was still shallow.

I enjoyed this easy hike and highly recommend it for folks who don’t mind some minor routefinding and covering 20+ kms as well as crossing one or two unbridged rivers (depends on approach). If you’re there on a gorgeous day like I was, you might find yourself wondering if you should be lounging around on a paddleboard on Forgetmenot Pond instead of sweating your way down a loose ridge line!

Forgetmenot Mountain (Ridge, Lookout)
The bridge over the Little Elbow River.
The bridge over the Little Elbow River.
Threepoint Mountain from the Elbow River flats.
Threepoint Mountain from the Elbow River flats.
Hiking across the Elbow River / flats.
Hiking across the Elbow River / flats.
Hiking towards the lower NW ridge of Forgetmenot.
Hiking towards the lower NW ridge of Forgetmenot.
The trail goes right off the main approach road / trail.
The trail goes right off the main approach road / trail.
Views back off the NW ridge over Forgetmenot Pond towards Glasgow and Garriochmill Peak.
Views back off the NW ridge over Forgetmenot Pond towards Glasgow and Garriochmill Peak.
Ascending a hwy in scree up the NW ridge.
Ascending a hwy in scree up the NW ridge.
The north summit is visible as I break onto the upper NW ridge.
The north summit is visible as I break onto the upper NW ridge.
The trail continues through trees on the upper NW ridge.
The trail continues through trees on the upper NW ridge.
The north lookout route is obvious from the upper NW ridge at left.
The north lookout route is obvious from the upper NW ridge at left.
A faint trail to the north summit.
A faint trail to the north summit.
Hiking to the north summit on a perfect late summer day.
Hiking to the north summit on a perfect late summer day.
Summit views north over Cobble Flats to Prairie, Moose Mountain and Îyarhe Îpan (R).
Summit views north over Cobble Flats to Prairie, Moose Mountain and Îyarhe Îpan (R).
Spectacular views from Bluerock (L) to Banded, Outlaw, Cornwall, Fullerton, Nihahi Ridge and more.
Spectacular views from Bluerock (L) to Banded, Outlaw, Cornwall, Fullerton, Nihahi Ridge and more.
Mount Fullerton over Nihahi Ridge.
Mount Fullerton over Nihahi Ridge.
Evan-Thomas East over Garriochmill Peak
Evan-Thomas East over Garriochmill Peak
Banded, Outlaw, Cornwall and Glasgow
Banded, Outlaw, Cornwall and Glasgow
Cougar Peak.
Cougar Peak.
Bluerock (L), Rose, Threepoint and Burns (R).
Bluerock (L), Rose, Threepoint and Burns (R).
Great views over Powderface Ridge.
Great views over Powderface Ridge.
Îyarhe Îpan
Îyarhe Îpan
Starting the long traverse to Forgetmenot Ridge and Mountain.
Starting the long traverse to Forgetmenot Ridge and Mountain.
Forgetmenot Ridge at left with Cougar Peak, Threepoint, Rose at right.
Forgetmenot Ridge at left with Cougar Peak, Threepoint, Rose at right.
The route / trail goes up the obvious ridge from left to right.
The route / trail goes up the obvious ridge from left to right.
Approaching the abutment ridge to Forgetmenot Ridge.
Approaching the abutment ridge to Forgetmenot Ridge.
Fall colors as I ascend the abutment ridge on a faint trail.
Fall colors as I ascend the abutment ridge on a faint trail.
Forgetmenot Ridge stretches to the left.
Forgetmenot Ridge stretches to the left.
Ascending Forgetmenot Ridge.
Ascending Forgetmenot Ridge.
Views over a repeater station to Romulus, Black Ridge, Remus and Fisher Peak (R).
Views over a repeater station to Romulus, Black Ridge, Remus and Fisher Peak (R).
Hiking to the end of Forgetmenot Ridge with the north summit at distant left.
Hiking to the end of Forgetmenot Ridge with the north summit at distant left.
My long approach.
My long approach.
Forgetmenot Mountain still looks a long way off from the ridge!
Forgetmenot Mountain still looks a long way off from the ridge!
Views up the Elbow River to Threepoint, Rose, Cougar, Banded and Outlaw.
Views up the Elbow River to Threepoint, Rose, Cougar, Banded and Outlaw.
Hiking towards Forgetmenot Mountain.
Hiking towards Forgetmenot Mountain.
Hiking up the broad west ridge of Forgetmenot Mountain.
Hiking up the broad west ridge of Forgetmenot Mountain.
Views up the Elbow River to  Cougar, Rae, Elpoca.
Views up the Elbow River to Cougar, Rae, Elpoca.
Hiking up the broad west ridge of Forgetmenot Mountain.
Hiking up the broad west ridge of Forgetmenot Mountain.
Hiking up the broad west ridge of Forgetmenot Mountain.
Hiking up the broad west ridge of Forgetmenot Mountain.
Buzzed by a chopper at the summit.
Buzzed by a chopper at the summit.
Views back along the entire Forgetmenot Mountain massif.
Views back along the entire Forgetmenot Mountain massif.
Volcano Ridge, Allsmoke, Missinglink, Surveyor's, Prospector's and many other small summits.
Volcano Ridge, Allsmoke, Missinglink, Surveyor's, Prospector's and many other small summits.
Mount Howard.
Mount Howard.
Mount Fullerton.
Mount Fullerton.
Rose (L), Burns, Threepoint, Cougar, Banded, Outlaw, Cornwall, Glasgow / North.
Rose (L), Burns, Threepoint, Cougar, Banded, Outlaw, Cornwall, Glasgow / North.
Mount Burns.
Mount Burns.
The classic Elbow Traverse includes Banded (L), Outlaw, Cornwall and Glasgow (R).
The classic Elbow Traverse includes Banded (L), Outlaw, Cornwall and Glasgow (R).
Hiking back to the Forgetmenot Ridge col.
Hiking back to the Forgetmenot Ridge col.
Views over the long north ridge to the north summit.
Views over the long north ridge to the north summit.
A trail in scree leads back down to the NW ridge / access trail.
A trail in scree leads back down to the NW ridge / access trail.
Descending the NW ridge trail. The north summit at upper right.
Descending the NW ridge trail. The north summit at upper right.
Forgetmenot Pond with Glasgow, Garriochmill and Romulus in the bg.
Forgetmenot Pond with Glasgow, Garriochmill and Romulus in the bg.
Forgetmenot Pond is filled with paddlers today.
Forgetmenot Pond is filled with paddlers today.
A nice section of the trail in the forest lower down.
A nice section of the trail in the forest lower down.

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