Explore the most popular camping trails near Kovach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Really enjoyed this hike! A busy trail of day hikers and backpackers but don’t let this put you off. Rolling ups and downs and many bridges to cross. It’s interesting to see all the chaos of the 2003 floods. We hiked all the way out to the second lake - so beautiful and peaceful and did the loop back to Lillian Lake. Wish I’d taken my bikini to go for a swim! Lillian Lake looks a beautiful place to camp. Even with smoke in the air the views were still stunning. Just under 5 hours return. #HikingWithHarri

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.

5 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!

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.

9 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.

on Galatea Lakes Hike

10 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.

on Burstall Pass Trail

15 days ago

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

16 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.

an easy hike and good view at the pass

Hiked this a few days ago at 17 weeks pregnant. The first stretch in to Lillian Lake is relatively flat with small sections of incline. The remaining trek up to the Galatea Lakes is definitely up but well marked and not as gruelling as one would expect. This hike is one of my new favourites. 7 hours total at a leisurely pregnant lady pave with and hour long lunch break.

This is one of my favourite hikes! Gorgeous scenery and a bit of everything!

Beautiful hike would do it again. Amazing views once out of the trees. Bug spray is a must!

24 days ago

Defined trails and great lakes to relax at.

Solid hike with beautiful views at the top of Mount Assiniboine and Kananaskis. Took us 5 hours with a solid lunch break at the top. Trail was well marked and easy to follow. Didn’t need poles or flip flops at all, but bug spray was super necessary.

One of my favourite hikes. Not at all difficult and BEAUTIFUL views!

1 month ago

Was good hike we took the dogs up and had lunch at the first lake got some fish all fingerlings then hiked the up to the rest of the lake all and all loved it was about 20km there and back with the bit of wandering around the lakes and definitely don’t skip the last lake you’ll beat yourself up about it later

1 month ago

Excellent views ... follow the hiking trail signs, NOT the fire road ... bring water shoes & bug spray (I’ve never seen bugs like this in AB) ... views are incredible & worth it at the top!

I absolutely loved this hike, very nice inclined up with a few sections that were steeper, you cross several bridges and have the creek by your side. Very nice trail in really good shape, good for families and dogs.
It was very scenic, we went to all three lakes and it was totally worth it. Took us about 2 hours to get to the first lake, from there another 45 minutes to the second lake you have to cross a morraine to get there it is a bit steep but nothing you can’t do, after we rested for a bit we hiked to the third lake and it took us about about 30 minutes.
If you have the time don’t hesitate to go all the way to the end, my favourite lake was the third one.
I recommend walking poles and hiking boots, it got a bit windy and rainy at the top but not for too long so bring a jacket.
It was busy but not terrible.

1 month ago

Will be back to camp overnight.

Pretty good hike. Beautiful view at the top.

Closed today due to environmental concerns. Scheduled to open tomorrow but it is supposed to rain hard tomorrow possibly prolonging closure.

Camped out here twice - once at an earlier sight, a few km from the Marvel Lake area, and another at the back country cabin.
This area is absolutely beautiful and a favourite of mine.
Owl lake and Marvel are both great places to relax by the water and soak your feet (briefly!).
There were lots of wild strawberries growing along parts of the trail in the late part of summer.
Elevation gain for nearly the entire hike is close to nil.
There were a number of bears in the area, and some moose.

1 month ago

Awesome hike! Can’t wait to do it again

Great hike! don't forget bug spray. Good idea to bring flip flops to get through the flood plains. Today the trail wasn't too muddy but still snow to hike through toward the top. Beautiful views!

on Burstall Pass Trail

2 months ago

I absolutely love this hike. The views are breath-taking!

An absolutely gorgeous day for a gorgeous hike. The trail was a little muddy & snowy in spots, but the hike up to the meadow was absolutely amazing! Lots of creek hopping! Unfortunately couldn’t go the last 3 km further due to the snow, but will definitely be back to try it again late summer/early Fall as recommended by other reviewers

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