Galatea Creek To Lillian Lake is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alberta, AB and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from June until September.
Not the best views on the way up and not enough signs. Good way to spend your day though.
nice steady hike, beautiful streams
Excellent views. mostly gradual pitch with some steeper sections. Scree between Lilian and Galatea is easily traversed.
Such a great hike up to the campsites. Good first day hike with heavy overnight packs. Was the only two people in the campsites and the new tent platforms look good.
We did this last Thanksgiving at I'm glad we did ! Another exceptional hike that has everything. I would recommend going beyond Lillian Lake to the upper Galatea Lakes.
The hike in to Lillian lake is pretty easy going with a constant flow of moderate inclines hugging the banks of the river and only a couple of steeper sections to tackle closer to the lake. I would say that it's a bit longer than trail maps and books would have you believe as the detours due to flood damage certainly add up and I could see a kilometre may be accounted for at the end. After a night at Lillian lake backcountry campground we woke up at 5am to make some coffee for our flask and hiked up the final, steeper and more challenging section to the Galatea lakes to catch the sunrise. It was mind blowing how beautiful it was up there. This is a phenomenal hike that everyone should put on their bucket list and I can't recommend doing it first thing in the morning highly enough.
Great hike with steady moderate incline, only a few steep parts. The trail follows a creek between two mountains, that leads to a nice small lake. Not a lot of gorgeous views, mostly in the bush, but a couple cool ridges. Went on Saturday on a long weekend, had people for sure but not crazy busy like I was expecting.
Great summer hike! The lake is beautiful and the trail itself is a great mixture of up and down through some Narnia-like forests.
just completed April 10 2016 it's pretty snowy up top (like waist deep) and Lake Lillian's still frozen over was an amazing hike though great views and a good workout 5/5. Can't wait to return in the summer and make it to upper Galatea Lake :)
Awesome hike! great views and gorgeous little lake.
My five year old son and I hiked did this hike after the trail reopened from the flood damage. The bridges have all been replaced. The temperature dropped from +8 (C) to +4 as we got closer to the lake. There was snow and mud so gators, hiking poles, and layers are highly recommended for this time of year. We are definitely planning on returning next summer so as to hike to the second lake.
Great Lake beautiful view
In early winter 2012 we hiked from the Galatea trailhead to Galatea lake there was not much snow until you got past Lilian lake and the last few kilometers were a slog in a snowstorm.
Last week we decided to give it another go but left better prepared for a snowshoe hike.
There is a sign at the trailhead that the floods this spring did a lot of damage to the bridges the first couple were fine, the next couple were in pretty bad shape but still passable.
Unfortunately the trail along a good portion of the creek is washed out so there is a lot more traversing hillside above the creek and through the bush. It appeared that there had only been two other people ahead of us trying to break a trail, the snow was about knee deep so it was a pretty exhausting trek.
We got in just over 4 kms and planned on at least getting to Lillian lake but it meant breaking trail the rest of the way. The snow was getting deeper and the weather was taking a turn so we decided we had enough for today. Hopefully with a bit more traffic on the trail it will make it easier next time.