Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
14 hours ago

Still lots of soft, deep snow on the trail which made hiking more difficult than expected. The lake isn't thawed yet, either. The views were great, though! Will have to try again in a few months!

Long hike but the views at the end are so rewarding.

Hiked on May 2, 2018

Amenities: Washrooms, garbage cans and tons of paved parking at the trailhead. Washrooms at Lillian Lake.

Risk: No sign of bears or other predators, however bears are active in the area during the summer months. Avalanches are currently a possibility, so keep your ears open and be aware of your surroundings. Snow is still covering most of the trail with deeper snow towards the end of the trail, especially at Lillian Lake.

Reward: Despite the significant amount of snow, Lillian Lake is beautiful. Additionally, the entire trail has good elevation gain without any extremely steep sections. The hike runs along a creek which offers numerous spots to fill your water bottle (if you have a water filter). Most of the hike runs through the woods so you’ll be sheltered from the sun, as well as some open areas to catch a glimpse of the mountains in the surrounding area.

You Should Know:
1. One of the bridges had a tree fall on it so it’s significantly damaged. Cross the bridge one person at a time and do it quickly.

2. A section of the trail is covered with a recent avalanche. Hike it in a straight line to get to reconnect with the trail on the other side. Do not attempt to find the trail at the creek shore. Again, don’t waste time crossing.

3. Lillian Lake and the surrounding area is under 3+ feet of snow. The campsite is mostly inaccessible, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a spot to sit down and eat lunch. I’d recommend you do that at the last bridge before the final ascent to the lake.

4. Crampons and/or poles and sunglasses are highly recommended.

Overall: It’s a good hike with a comfortable ease of elevation, good views and accessible water along the way. As most of the hike is in the woods, you’ll be protected from the sun and heat. Lillian Lake and the surrounding area is very rewarding. Snow, a damaged bridge and a recent avalanche makes for a difficult and potentially dangerous hike, especially without proper equipment. As snow starts to melt, it becomes more difficult get stable footing on the trail packed snow. I recommend waiting until June before attempting this hike.

So hard. So rewarding. I recommend staying night 1 at Lillian lake. Hiking the pass day 2 and staying at ribbon lake. And hiking out day 3 along the ribbon day use trail. Needs 2 cars but much more manageable.

This is our favourite hike in the Rockies. Great reward at the end. Great campground too at Lillian lake.

easy trail with nice views

hiking
25 days ago

Went in the summer and this hike was breathtaking!

Very nice trail. The only problem that the last part of the road to the trail was unpaved. However, it was an easy one and once you reach the lake, you can enjoy the view. We went on the fall so we could not enjoy the flowers so that I hope I can go again in the summer

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Had a lovely hike snowshoeing, this took 3 hours with a few breaks and a short break for lunch.
Beautiful views 360.

hiking
1 month ago

A very nice trail , it has step sections but is very manageable, also very. yay as the weather was nice. The view at the trail end is breath taking !

Beautiful! I had my snowshoes, but didn’t need them last weekend. It was quite easy (I’m out of shape ;) with beautiful views on the drive there & back, but also at the lake. Beautiful!!!

Very steep at the beginning but very easy after about the first 2/3. The snow covered lake is in a beautiful bowl of peaks! Can’t wait to get back in summer!

This was a beautiful trail!! The trail offers some outstanding views once making it past the steep inclines. Most of the hike is in tree covering, but once you make it to the opening it is a worthy hike!! Our snowshoes worked out great and we wore minimal layers as we heated up quickly during climbing. I’d advise bringing additional layers for the opening as the winds tend to pick up past the tree line.
- great trail signage
- moderate/medium level difficulty during winter
- spectacular views
- easy access in and out of trail

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was compacted well enough for us all to hike with just good quality boots.
While there are more challenging hikes around. This is a very enjoyable trail with a beautiful clearing as you reach the lake.
It was perfect during the day we went.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful views!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

This is always where we seem to go for our first snowshoe trip of the year! It is peaceful and the snow is always great.

Amazing hike, weather is getting warmer. Just be a little careful now , ensure proper gear is on hand.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

We did most of this trail - stopped early to head home - but definitely worth doing. Steep at the beginning but flat and easy going for the rest of the way. Good for snowshoeing but the hikers we had with us had a bit of trouble on the hill. Great snow and good views!

Great trail. Definitely push yourself to the top of the lake

snowshoeing
2 months ago

We did a partial snowshoe/hike of this one today with some friends. Great views and lots of snow. A bit steep at the beginning without snowshoes and for longer than we thought; but very flat and enjoyable later on.

Trail is in good shape. Some people in boots have made the first bit rough but clears up soon. Beautiful views & no one else on the trail!

Really beautiful and we didn't see anyone. Pretty snowy but we could still make it ok. Will definitely be returning in summer!

great winter trail. The snow was very packed down, ended up not needing snowshoes. Easy to find and navigate.

So much snow and a great trail

So much snow. Fantastic as always.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

This is a very easy route, I do not think it is moderate. I think that it can be easily managed by the elderly and people with less mobility. It was a nice track and decent snowshoeing. There is no challenge to it, but it was still enjoyable.

lots of snow during the second half but not an issue. take crampons just in case.

on Chester Lake Trail

3 months ago

The hills at the beginning of the hike are hard work, but if you push past them it'll be worth it for the amazing mountain views that follow :)

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Beautiful, relatively short and flat trail. Great way to start the snowshoeing season. The day was gorgeous, blue sky, sunshine and temperature around -3C.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Good hike up, some steep parts for my beginner legs. Way down was quick.

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