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No Widlings or Whitewalkers to report. A small contingency of the Knights Watch ventured out along the beautiful river and rustic bridges. Not too much traffic and made it half way between Lillian and Lower Galatea Lakes. The views are probably much more rewarding in the summer. Brace yourself....winter is coming.

Stunning hike, easy terrain. Beautiful after first snowfalls

Beautiful easy walk with a range of different views and landscapes.

Great little day hike. Took my dog with me and had no issues. Recommend traction cleats for sure. A few slippery spots had us sliding down on our butts. Will have to go back in the summer and check it out again when it’s not frozen over.

great views and moderate difficulty

Take the extra time and make it allllll the way to Upper Galatea lake. The solitude and views are worth it. Hell of a spot to eat lunch.

One of my favorite

Pretty steep walk up to the lake but it’s beautiful there and great spot to stop and have lunch!

2 months ago

Hiked this trail over Labor Day 2018. Perfect day, 74 degrees and partly cloudy. About 2.5 miles to the waterfall/old mine which is a good place to break for lunch. Mild to moderate trail incline to this location. We continued to the lake and this is where the trail gets steeper, but the views on the way up and the lake are well worth the additional 2.5 miles.

Beautiful! definitely a favorite! Great overnight at Lillian. Completed with kids (5 and 7 yrs). we will be back!

2 months ago

We hiked this in light rain. The leaves are started to turn their autumn colors. I'd say in another week or two, it should be full autumn at Rock Lake. By the way, the hike is just under 10 miles in and out.

The hike itself is very beautiful and serene.

Potential to see Bears as we saw some scat on the trail as we hiked.

I would definitely recommend mud or hiking boots, as there are small streams that run through the trail at different spots. Bring a change of socks and proper footwear etc.

Very secluded when we went but there was one other car parked at the base.

Also its a rough ride to get to the trail, so be prepared for about 25 min of unpaved road.

Would definitely agree it's an experienced to moderate path.

Extremely beautiful but you don’t really need to hike to see the view. If you take the trail, you can escape the crowds.

Only completed the portion of the route up to Lillian Lake. Approximately 13kms round trip. Lovely route, following the creek a majority of the way. 10 walking bridges on route. Path is mainly rolling hills but near the approach has a sudden steep incline to the lake. The lake is a great photo op. Brought the dog and he loved it until he became a bit tired near the end of our return back. Took about 2hr 15mins there and 1hr 45mins back.

3 months ago

One of the most scenic hikes to date. Everything from a lush forest to pristine lakes, glaciers and numerous giant waterfalls, The bridge is out so do not follow the old route. Cross over the 4-5 rivers at the inlet of Peyto Lake and stay along the right hand side. We went in early Sept and the biggest set of rivers was just over 20 ft wide, and the deepest it was was just past my knees. Be prepared for extreme frigid water though, as it is pure glacier melt. Your feet and legs will sting. Once you reach the end of the inlet you will see a path that will take you along the river bed to the original location that will take you up the ridge. Basically just follow my route. The path above the waterfalls is short and fun but walk with extreme caution. One slip and you're a fatality. Caldron lake is absolutely incredible and it will be in your sights all the way to the peak, as will all the numerous glaciers and waterfalls.
The hike and scramble took us a total of 9.5 hours, but that also included 30 minutes on top and 30 minutes for lunch.

Great trail, i did 3 times

Great hike but the weather did not cooperate. Left early and hiked up for 1.5 hours, then lightening, rain and snow helped me make the decision to turn around and head back down. Will try again another day.

Nice hike for our first day in Banff. Hoodoos themselves are a little anti-climactic, but the views along the trail are lovely.

We did this hike yesterday and it was awesome. Great trail, right in the trees and with some open areas. Bridges, waterfalls, and lots of great photo opportunities. Easy walking but moderate difficulty as most of the trail is uphill. Some challenging spots but completely do able. Fairly heavily trafficked by other hikers. We went mid day and it was busy! I would suggest climbing up a little further past Lillian Lake towards Galatea Lake or the summit to have a stunning mountain view!! Took us about 1hr 45 mins to the lake. Bring your bear spray as bears are in the area. Would highly recommend! Nice mix of forest, waterfalls, lake and mountain views.

What a great trail. Total distance up to the lake and back was tracked at 17.5 km.
One of the best hikes I have done in the area.

Easy walking, not very technical (sneakers are fine). Great workout with great view. Well worth it.

Greats views the whole way. Loved how your right in the trees and then it gets rocky. Not to bad going to the lake for difficulty. The lake is really nice. Start early!!!! Gets very busy. We did the summit which was a lot harder. Took us 6hours to complete. To the summit it’s 19km return.

Great moderate hike has easy and hard moments. Also did the summit which was the hardest part and the view was meh. Beautiful hike tho and the lake looks amazingly. Loved being surrounded by trees and bush most of the hike. Start early we started at 8:15 cause it gets busy on the way up no one except 3 people and lots of people coming up when we where heading down.

A moderate hike with ups and downs. My phone recorded a 19 km distance (return) to Galatea lakes. Highly recommended.

Beautiful hike! Took us about 5 hours. Muddy in some areas. Trail was easy to follow.

3 months ago

The trail description is incorrect! It's about 3 1/2 (easy) miles to the waterfall and Heildleberg mine, not sure how many miles (2?) from there to the lake but that is where you will encounter the elevation gain. I've sent Altrails a suggestion to edit the info.

3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike

3 months ago

Trail was very scenic along the creek and we counted 10 bridges up to Lillian Lake. It wasn’t very busy probably because of cool and rainy weather. Would recommend this trail but be prepared for steady elevation gain throughout. It took 4.5 hours with a quick break for lunch.

Nice little hike. We ended up having to change all of our hiking plans due to the really severe smoke from the BC wildfires. We chose this hike because it was along the river which was one of the only natural features we could see and enjoy in this particular day with how thick the smoke was, and also because it had no significant elevation (again because of the smoke). The Hoodoos are pretty sad if you’ve been to the badlands before, but it was interesting to see in a sort of unexpected location. Overall this hike was very pleasant and easy if you’re looking for something in town or don’t feel like slogging up a mountain.

Only made it to the first summit (North peak) due to weather, but this on its own was spectacular! The views from the top are some of the best you’ll get in the front ranges, and the scramble up in the tight chimney just before the top is one of the coolest bits of scrambling in the Banff area. Took about 6 1/2 hours round trip.

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