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Wed, Sep 5 2018 - Aster Lake (View Original Event Details)

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Write Up:
The online TRAILPEAK directions are incorrect. The description for the Hidden Lake trailhead is no longer a large opening that looks like a fork. It is also shorter than the 5.5km from the parking lot.

  • Park in the Upper Kananaskis Parking Lot (Same one as used to access Rawson Lake).

  • Follow the lakeside trail along the lake for about 4.5 km (about 1 ½ hours at a brisk pace) You will see the lake as you walk along the pathway.

  • When the Kananaskis Lake pathway veers away from the lake and you can no longer see the lake as you walk along, you will know you are nearing the turnoff for Aster Lake. You will be walking uphill.

  • The trailhead for Aster Lake Trail is at the top of a rise and on your left. If you miss the turnoff, you will immediately see a bridge.

  • There are two possible routes from this trailhead, but they both start at the same location. Both trails are well defined, though the shoreline trail fades out a bit at times, but is easy to relocate.

  • Option 1: This trail is accessed at your first sighting of Hidden Lake. It follows the shoreline from one end of the lake to the other. At the far end of the lake, look for a large boulder and then a path leading to the left and up the hill. Follow this path up hill until you reach a rubble field ahead of you.

  • Option 2: This trail meanders up and down through the hillside above the lake and is the best trail to use in early season when the lake water covers the shoreline trail. The shoreline trail joins this trail at the far end of the lake.

  • From the rubble field, turn right and follow a well defined pathway up the rocky mountain side. This trail leads to Fossil Falls, Aster Lake and continues on to Northover Ridge.

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