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Not a very rewarding hike to say the least. The amount of incline and distance you have to travel was not worth the views of either lakes.

hiking
2 days ago

Wow!! Definitely bike the first part of the trail. Then it’s a short walk to the most amazing water feature in the Rockies. Easy walk for any age or group of people. Take time and enjoy it this summer.

on Galatea Creek To Lillian Lake

hiking
2 days ago

A steady incline going up. Overall amazing views.

Loved the terrain and the well marked trails. There was a creek along most of the route that was just lovely to listen to.

Absolutely stunning valley. I did this hike with my dad in October 2017 and it was beautiful with yellow larches scattering the surrounding mountains. Highly recommended for anyone who loves the mountains but doesn't love heights.

absolutely amazing! despite it being +35 today we were able to enjoy the trail and the sights. Very well marked and heavily trafficked trail so you'll be sure to see a good chunk of people which can be great motivation. I would say that the trail from the parking lot to Lillian lake is moderate and the section from Lillian lake to Galatea lake is hard due to the large amount of loose rock. But it's worth is as the serenity of Galatea lake is amazing. It took us a total of 4 hours (2h each way) plus an hour break at the lake. would definitely do this one again!

on Chester Lake Trail

hiking
3 days ago

We went on Aug 7th. Calgary was over 30c but we felt pretty cool when we got out from the car 11:30am. It was constant incline in the beginning but not too steep and soon enough there is a meadow full of flowers and great scenery with mountains as others mentioned. We were slow on inclines and took quite few picture and water breaks so we got to the lake a bit less than 1 hour and a half. We also went on to the Elephant Rocks and 2 lakes. Took a long lunch break with food lovers and my son played around the rocks so we arrived the parking lot after 4 pm. We didn’t see bears but the other group saw 2 cubs and a mom at the meadow before the lake and lots of bear digs around the lake so definitely good to have bear spray and more people in the group. It was the best hiking with around 10k + 300-400m elevation gain trail!

I’ve done this hike twice now: late spring and mid summer (last week). The first time the trail was still snowy but still great; this time it was like completely different hike since there was no snow. Beautiful well-marked trail through the forest. Easy elevation. Unfortunately there was a grizzly near the lake so we had to turn back.... snow and bear, have yet to see the lake :(

Pretty steady climbing the entire way. Underwhelmed by Lillian lake personally, the extra climb (it’s hard) to Galatea Lake makes it all worth it.

hiking
4 days ago

Absolutely amazing hike. Did not go past the second lake as the heat was getting high and the second lake was so beautiful I didn’t need to see any more. On our next excursion I plan to go to the Summit on the way back from the third lake.

Easy to find trail head with parking. The hike was fairly busy which was comforting as there was a bear with cubs on the trail. Lots of nice river views, on the way up. Getting to Lillian lake was a breeze, getting to the Galatea lakes was more of a challenge with the incline/ rocks (but still relatively easy). Bring a bathing suit for the lakes, was nice to jump in at the end of the hike!

Challenging hike. Terrace Trail is quite flat and relaxing, then you stay above the right side of the creekbed all the way up, which is nice, but narrow path with lots of foliage as foot traffic is low. Didn't see anybody else on the trail all day, so since it is quiet would recommend bear spray. Once you are above the treeline, "trail" is difficult to follow, we effectively made our own following the natural scree slides. Pick your spots and be careful not to kick rocks at your hiking buddies. We took about 9.5 hours round trip with some well deserved breaks and time spent at the top. View of the golf course is spectacular and that much more special if you've played the course before. Downloading is difficult, lots of crab walking, be prepared to get your hands and butt dirty.

Easy hike I assume if you are not carrying 40 lbs. of toddler. Best scenery in Kananaskis going up with great lake scenery at top.

We had a great hike. Got there early(ish) (0830) to beat the crowds as this is a very VERY busy trail with tons of people going up down and eating their lunches on the trail with their poles and bag beside them. The old people spread out on the trail picnicking provided the only real obstacle on the hike. The trail is very clearly defined and clear.

We booked a camping site for next weekend as the hike up to Lillian Lake which is on the same path as Galatea Lakes. We had a great time.

A tough hike for me but I did it!

I would not say this is a moderate scramble. The walk in is super chill for the first 2.5K, then the next 2.5K up has a 5000 ft elevation gain and most of it is a scramble. Be prepared to work your ass off. Lots of websites recommend gear and I don’t entirely disagree. We didn’t have any but we had some near misses with flying rocks.

Easy hike... Nice views...

hiking
8 days ago

This is what I would call the perfect classic hike. It offers a bit of everything from a few lakes in the beginning to a creek with waterfalls, interesting varying terrain, a bit of minor route finding as you cross the flood plains/marsh land (there is poles with markers but hard to see - cross this area diagonally heading left - and some water shoes or sandals would be helpful some of the creeks are a little wide but very easy to cross) it also offers some challenging spots and plenty of flat beautiful meadows to rest up before the next push with insane views of fairly aggressive peaks at the top, and they’re so close, lastly even a glacier to view at the top. Do this hike. It took us 5.5 hours with lunch and breaks and picture stops. If you use the AllTrails map it will take you about a kilometre past your destination point. You know when you are at the top - stop there, if you continue on past the sign that says your entering Banff Park as the map says to do, it takes you to a little ridge that is nowhere near as spectacular as the views you just passed.. This trail continues on to Leman Lake in Banff if you want to extend. We ended up following the map and added some time and km to our day that was unnecessary. Our day was 18.1 km with 541 elevation gain. I’d rate this trail moderate for a hiker with some practice and of normal fitness and moderate difficult for someone new or less fit but everyone can do it and should. Just take your time. Its very worth it. Join us on Facebook at Hike Alberta to see pics and get info on all Alberta Hikes, and hike.alberta on instagram

Really great hike. The views are insane!! One of my best hikes ever!

Perfect hike. Beautiful scenery, with few major inclines. Lots of forest cover during the hike, plus a surprising amount of footbridges. Even found a nice walking stick, I left it on the sign at the beginning just for you, but you gotta be quick, someone’s bound to snatch that bad boy.

hiking
8 days ago

Really nice trail. Steep in places but great views. The last part is definitely challenging, but, great views at the top of the pass.

on Galatea Lakes Hike

hiking
9 days ago

Getting to Lillian Lake is relatively flat, but to get to Galatea Lakes it's a very steep 1km, but it is totally worth it. The views of the valley are stunning and Galatea Lakes are amazing. This hike is a must do.

hiking
9 days ago

Not closed now! Yeh! We tried last year and found it closed due to bears, so went across the road and did Burstall. Today it was open and has been for a few days now and what a beautiful trail, in trees for some and a couple open meadows and scenic mountains and flowers all around. Not too strenuous, but still gives your heart a workout. Good for families with a bit older children (school aged maybe), but a mother with her newborn were also doing the trail today. We first did the right hand trail, (snowdrift) or some such name and it loops you back to the parking lot (1&1/2hr). Not really our plan, but a nice walk and we saw a grouse and her 5 chicks along the trail. Do take the signed chester lake trail on your left when facing the trails. We and another small group were just not paying attention, talking and ended up doing this few km detour, but if you want the extra mileage.....
People were fishing at Chester lake and catching and releasing as they were quite small, but they were catching every few minutes. They were cutthroat and brook trout I think. The fish were jumping a lot within the lake. It was a cooler day today and we were there later in the afternoon so maybe that's why? Also saw across lake, we think an osprey? Arrived at lake 4pm and had started from parking lot (second time round) at 3pm. Were there alone for about half hour before numerous more showed up. The area does show bear activity, lots of turned over soil just before the lake I assume is from bears. The parks must have bears tagged or something and know where they are roaming and they must have moved out for the time being. A light rain on our way back, but not enough to make trail slippery. I would love to see this in the winter. I think we may have to get some snowshoes!

hiking
11 days ago

I love this place. I visit it every year. As equally as beautiful as the neighbouring Chester Lake but not as touristy and busy. A hidden gem. You can hike the trail on the left hand side of the lake up to Rummel Pass it’s not too long and the pass is stunning with beautiful meadows below Tower Mountain. If you keep going a bit further you’ll hit Lost Lake - as of July 29 2018 it was dried up so I think it has water in Spring and early summer. Doing this only adds about 3.5 km to your trip. Worth it.

on Karst Spring Trail

hiking
11 days ago

It’s a quick one but with payoffs. Great hike to take someone who hasn’t hiked before and loves lakes and waterfalls.

on Burstall Pass Trail

14 days ago

Hiked this in the fall four years ago. Beautiful and quiet at that time of year.

Beautiful, and pretty easy!

mountain biking
15 days ago

This trail will be added to the list as one of our favourites. We biked(with a chariot) on a wide gravel pathway for about 7km’s, we reached a lake that was amazing and no words to describe how peaceful it was. We then left our bikes and hiked to karst springs and WOW!!! Its a hike in a forested area, along the springs, and easy to do with kids. Once you reach the top, there is water that “comes from a stone”. A must see!!! We will be returning often.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike with good views up in the past. The first few kms are fairly boring as you walk along the old road. As you ascend out of the forest you get great views of surrounding mountain ranges. We carried on over the pass to get a view of leman lake on the other side. You descend very quickly and it is a steep climb coming back up. The bugs were horrible, bring spray!! Busy hike so recommend starting early. It’s still fairly wet in the meadow but you are able to get through without getting your feet wet with some strategic jumps and route taking.

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