With the continuation of brilliant weather, it was time for a trek to Hairtrigger Lake. This hike offers several classic viewpoints of Mt. Albert Edward, the icon of the Forbidden Plateau area.
Hiking counter-clockwise (on the west side) around Lake Helen Mackenzie, the first iconic view of Albert Edward is not till cresting the col between Mt Elma & Mt Brooks – just before the Ranger Cabin. This location provided the cover photo of the ninth edition (2002) of Hiking Trails 3, although it was a picture-perfect spot for myself & no doubt many others for years before that.
Hairtrigger Lake must also have inspired countless photos – the water beautifully reflects Mt Albert Edward & its mirror image Mt Regan. To me the key element in this composition, that I have made many times, is always the position of the pyramidal rock on the foreshore.
Continuing on from Hairtrigger Lake and descending toward Circlet Lake, then returning via Whiskey Meadows, Mt Albert Edward is seen from a different angle, and Jutland Mountain also comes into view – a different perspective from the views of these mountains at the trailhead.
Back at Paradise Meadows, a classic autumn shot – the descending sun setting the carpets of dwarf & bog blueberry on fire.
We reached Hairtrigger Lake, 7.8 km from the trailhead, in 2 hrs 40 minutes, then had a more leisurely pace around the various meadows & lakes for the remainder of the day – a total of 20 km over 8 hrs.
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