This well worn trail forked off to the right from the Soldier Basin Trail. I thought perhaps it was a shortcut to the Hidden Lakes but decided not to risk taking it. Checking Google Earth after returning home I see that it is so well used that it is clearly visible and is a shortcut to those lakes. The marked "official" side trail to those lakes was so un-used that I was only able to follow it using the rock cairns which marked its location. Obviously all the locals who frequent these trails know about the shortcut. The shortcut reduces the roundtrip distance by 2 miles.