Explore the most popular nature trips 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

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.

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.

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 :(

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

12 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

12 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.

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.

16 days ago

I did this hike many years ago and still remember how much I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to taking my kids on this trail someday soon.

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.

18 days ago

We hiked July 24 2018. Our plan was to hike to fortress lake and fish for a bit, but thunderstorms rolled in and we turned back before reaching our destination. We made it as far as the ridge just west of the challet. The hike itself was not difficult and the descent was even easier because we brought our bikes along. It takes only 15 minutes on bikes to reach the bottom.

To gain permission to use the access road to the lake, you must call the number on the gate 403-591-0320. The guy was friendly and let us know that grizzlies had been spotted on the road. We didn't encounter any wildlife.

Overall it was a good hike with nice views from the ridge. I'm looking forward to getting to the lake next year.

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.

26 days ago

June 30/18 - took the summer trail up, winter trail down. There was still avalanche debris on the summer trail when we were there. Otherwise Trail is clear and dry. Busy trail on the weekends! Great view at the lake. Nice place to stop for lunch.

27 days ago

The trail is very easy to follow and anyone who hikes often could do it easily. The lake is beautiful but if you continue on the trail to the meadow it has a stunning panoramic view of the mountains. Overall a great hike, not too long (about 4 hours round trip) and a beautiful payoff.

Great hike, the lake was a little disappointing (seems much more beautiful during winter/spring). We didn't go all the way to the peak though, just till the lake. The trail is through the forest and sometimes difficult to see, but somewhat follows a small stream, so isn't very difficult to find. The detour for the tryst lake path is marked my few small ribbons tied near a large uprooted tree on the right side of the initial flat wide trail. The trail is very very lightly trafficked, so I would recommend going in a group for safety.

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