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Hidden Lake from the North # 7291

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Date: 2005.08.13
Vantage Point: From north end of Hidden Lake

Caption: Hidden Lake is on the way to Aster Lake, beyond the ridge.

PhotoDescr: Mount Lyautey is on the right; Mount Sarrail is on the left. The peak above the ridge may be Mount Marlborough.

Hidden Lake is an intermittent lake with underground drainage southwest of Upper Kananaskis Lake. The trail to the lake is unmaintained and essentially undeveloped, although it is the access to Aster Lake Campground, a maintained backcountry campground in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

When water levels are much lower, hikers can cross the lake bed; when they are at their highest, a bushwhack around the lake is required. Our group of six from the Grant MacEwan Mountain Club, day-hiking the Northover Ridge, were fortunate to find the water level low enough to allow passage along the shoreline, but high enough to look good (especially compared to a mud flat).

The trail to Aster Lake goes from the far end of the lake up and over the ridge.

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