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Hidden Lake Hike

  Ratings:    Ratings 3 Star
Level: Moderate Time/Dist: 4 to 5 hours / 14K return Elevation Gain: 200m

Trailhead: Park at the Upper Kananaskis Lake parking lot located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park 170 kms west of Calgary.

Description: This is an unofficial unmarked trail located approximately half way around the Upper Kananaskis Lake scenic trail. You can start at either of two parking lots found on the Upper Kananaskis Lake. One on the east side of the lake and the other on the north west side of the lake. Continue on the the Upper Kananaskis Lake trail aiming for the north west point of the lake. Look for a simple walking sign that has Hidden Lake etched on it by other hikers. There is no official sign pointing the way. Continue on an off shoot trail a short distance to Hidden Lake. Hidden Lake is somewhat disappointing. It's an intermittent lake and a dull grey color. The entire lake seems void of any wildlife and certainly not inviting. The barren shore line indicates the lake fluctuates in height and looks man made although it isn't. I've been told that Hidden Lake recedes in late fall turning into a muddy flat. It supposedly has a hole located in the middle of the lake bottom where Fossil Creek drains underground into Upper Kananaskis Lake. If you work your way towards the south east corner of Hidden Lake you will find the trailhead leading towards Fossil Falls.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Boulton Creek, Lower Kananaskis Lake, Interlake's, Canyon Creek, Elkwood, Mount Sarrail, and Mount Kidd. Trailheads to Upper Kananaskis Lake, Elbow Lake, Elbow Lake to Elbow Loop, Hidden Lake, Fossil Falls, Kananaskis Fire Lookout, Ptarmigan Cirque, Tombstone Lakes, Mist Mountain, Mount Lipsett, Rawson Lake and Robertson Glacier are all located near here. You are in bear country.


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