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Nice, easy trail with very gradual elevation gain. You are mostly in the forest until you reach the lake. Good for quick a winter hike. As of Dec 8/18, the trail is hard packed snow - no snowshoes or traction devices needed, though this might change over the next few days as the snow melts and refreezes.

Completed on December 1. Easy hike with great views. Trail was packed so no need for snowshoes yet.

The first section is straight uphill and can leave you a bit breathless. After that it evens out totally, and when you get to the lake, the view is absolutely beautiful! Highly recommend!

hiking
10 days ago

Great easy hike to take your dog!

snowshoeing
21 days ago

Lots of snow. We were the first ones on the trail in the woods after the snowfall a couple of days ago. We have found the trail head only due to the map in this app (if you come to the creek you have passed the trail head). Luckily,we met 2 backcountry skiers who were skiing down approximately half way up. We used their tracks to snowshoe up. That help a lot otherwise there were spots where we were waist deep in snow. Took us 3 hours overall (we got to the lake and did not walk around it). Definitely doable in a shorter time on a packed snow and marked trail. I would definitely do it again.

Great trail with beautiful views. Spikes strongly recommended this time of year. Snowshoes are helpful near the end of the trail as it becomes less packed.

hiking
29 days ago

I did this hike for the first time this morning with our Dog Club, it was easy and enjoyable. Non-hikers commented that it was approachable and the most experienced felt that the scenery to Karst Spring was well worth the first few boring kilometres. Bonus, it was nice and quiet at this time of the year with a few inches of snow on the ground plus the sun was out for most of our trip.

hiking
1 month ago

More time spent in the trees than Chester Lake hike, but pretty nonetheless. Far fewer people too. The trail was hard packed and we didn’t need snowshoes or cleats.

hiking
1 month ago

A really easy hike, lots of snow (winter wonderland)

Snowing when we got to the trailhead but cleared up by the time we got to the lake. Spectacular views but didn’t stay long due to the cold. Trail was snowy but well packed. Won’t be long before we’ll need snowshoes though. Will definitely do this again. If you’ve done Chester Lake- this is longer but a bit flatter. Worth the effort!

snowed all the way and close to a white out at lake so didnt get that full "wowee" feeling at the lake - will definately do it again in spring/summer. loved walking through the snowy forest.. no ice on trail (all snow). had spikes on. dogs loved it - winter wonderland! started at 9am - first tracks.

Amazing hike, beautiful scenery. Lots of wildlife footprints which made it even more lovely.

hiking
1 month ago

Well packed snowy trail with great scenery... gets you up into the Alpine quickly and the views at the end are phenomenal! I will definitely be back in the summer

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Did this one today. Only about 20 people on the trail. Still a bit of snow so snowshoes or micro spikes would be recommended. Still a few larch trees with needles on but won’t be for much longer. Nice first snowshoe of the year.

hiking
2 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyable hike, early snow meant I'd have done better breaking the trail with snow shoes. Larches are looking great, the lake is now freezing over...by the time I descended there had been enough traffic to start to pack down the snow, Able to straight line the short cut through the deep snow to save a kilometer. saw moose, saw lynx tracks and the lake is spectacular. A bit more work than Chester Lake but more than worth it. Met some great people too.

Hiked on 6 October. Road access to trail head was clear and easy. Broke tail through 5-8 inches of snow. The trail was generally in good shape. View from the cirque was gorgeous.

Easy hike. Great views for the effort put in.

hiking
2 months ago

A great shoulder season hike. Trail started out dry, got a bit muddy in the middle and lightly snowy for the upper third. The parking lot for nearby Chester Lake was pretty full when we passed it (so assume lots of hikers on that trail) but we only passed a few other groups on this trail. Proved to be a good hike for seeing the larches without the crowds. Pretty much had the lake to ourselves.

Great hike. Accessible for all levels. Follow trail signs from Burstall Pass parking lot. I would highly recommend you do it in the fall (I did it September 30). The larches are so beautiful. Explore the area at the end of the trail a bit, if you can. The views change quickly depending on where you’re at. If you’re into trail running this hike would work well. There are rocks which makes hiking boots nice, but runners would suffice.

really awesome hike. did this with two small dogs (mini dachshund and a havanese) and they had no problems on the trail. the trail starts as a snowshoe trail (which I will be back to try when the snow falls) and eventually leads into the trees when you see a wildlife counter attached to a tree on the right. once your in the trees, follow the path and helpful rock towers to the lakes. you can make this a loop but it was getting pretty frigid when we were at the lakes so we did the out and back instead. great variety in scenery and not touristy at all despite being a stones throw from Chester Lake and Burstall pass. ill definitely be back to summit fortress then finish the loop. 2 hours in, 1.5 hours out.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike last weekend, fresh light layer of snow on the ground. The snow made for quite a muddy/slippery trail in the way down, getting the early start isn’t a bad idea. Quite a steady push throughout the whole was to Lillian Lakes, leaving the worst of it for the way up to Galatea Lakes. It was overcast and raining a bit the whole way up but once on the exposed part up to Galatea, the clouds dissipated letting us see the fresh snow peaked mountains with the clouds rolling in and out of the valley. Would definitely do this hike again.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Super easy but an awesome day out. Not much snow. Plenty of scenery, and a great to see the larches in full bloom, by the lake. Almost made it to the saddle but had to turn around due to incoming weather.

I really loved this walk. We are fairly novice hikers and this was pretty much a perfect match for us. Just beautiful views and the smell of the forest is the best! Was a little nervous about walking into a grizzly but didn't see any signs of wildlife. No footprints or scat on the trail. We will definitely be back.

Such an incredible hike! The first two hours to Lillian lake is in the trees and very beautiful. Shortly after you start your ascend after Lillian lake towards Galatea you break out of the trees and suddenly you’re on top of the world. Probably one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been. We clocked it at 16.4 km to get to Galatea Lake and back. Took us 5 hrs and we had a good lunch break taking in the incredible views at Galatea.
Can’t wait to go back in the summer and camp and try the summit!

A little bit challenging but very nice hike. There was snow on the trail and moody at some elevations so you have to walk carrefully.
We had fog at the first lake so we could not see much... but it's the game

hiking
2 months ago

September 15,2018 - Always a beautiful hike. There was snow on the trail at some elevations and trail was a bit muddy at some points. Traction was good for the most part though. We did not need the microspikes, but always a good idea to have them in these conditions. Heard lots of rock fall while at the upper lake. Careful if heading up the scree slopes to the cliff edge.

Trail is in great condition, but we saw a grizzly today 5 minutes from the lake and had to turn around. Be cautious if heading that way. We reported it, but there is no change to the trail report.

Second trip to Black Prince since November 2016. Hoped to go further up to higher lakes but we stopped short at the cave. Beautiful day, lots of colour. I know it's a fairly easy hike but I'm finding all of them harder as time goes by. Happy to get as far as we did.

hiking
3 months ago

Hike to the lake (more of a pond) is fairly easy to follow and overall of moderate difficulty. The trail is mostly through trees and shrubs, follows the creek. We walked to the end of the lake and had lunch looking up towards Tent Ridge and The Fist. We tried - but failed - to find the trail joining up to Tent Ridge... We bashed around in the trees and rocky slope for a while, and it looked from the map here like we were right on the trail but we couldn’t find anything. Nice hike. Busy parking lot but only a couple of other people on the trail (a Saturday in early September).

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