Forgetmenot pond in Bragg Creek, Kananaskis, is a great hike for parents that are looking for an easy day exploring in the mountains with their kids. The stroller friendly trail is short and flat but does not compromise the views. It also boasts incredible mountain views making it a great spot to soak in some nature therapy.
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Forget Me Not Pond – Bragg Creek Kananaskis
Closed: December 1st-May 14th
Distance and Elevation: 2 km and 0 elevation
Facilities: Outhouses, Picnic Tables, Benches,
Hike Highlights: Mountain Views; Beach; Pond; Bridges
Optional Gear: Stroller, Balance Bike
Trailrider Rating: Easy
Insider Tip :
The water deepens quickly so use caution when letting your kids play by the water.
From Highway 1 take the Highway 22 turn off to Brad Creek. Drive on Highway 22 until you reach a T Intersection and turn onto Highway 66. Drive all the way down Highway 66. At the very end of the road when it turns to a gravel road turn left. The Forgetmenot pond parking lot will be on the left hand side.
The trail head is located to the right of the first outhouse. Go past the sign on the trail that says Interpretive Trail, Elbow Trail, Little Elbow Trail, Elbow Trail and Three Point Mountain Trail. About 10 feet down the trail you will see the pond on your left hand side. Take the first trail that leads to the pond and begin your hike.
Go around the lake counter clockwise to enjoy crossing the two bridges at the very end of the hike. The trail goes around the lake and is flat. It is really easy for little feet and makes an excellent first hike for toddlers. The trail is also wide enough for a double stroller and there are no big rocks or roots to traverse. Since the trail is flat with compact ground it is a great hike for new walkers and those with mobility issues. The views of the surrounding mountains are stunning while following the trail around Forgetmenot Pond.
There are benches all the way around the lake and even picnic tables at the halfway point. Just before the benches you can access the Elbow River through the trees. Bring a bathing suit or change of clothes for some water play and change your clothes if your little one gets muddy. Note that the water gets deep quickly and is not safe for kids to swim themselves.