Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Spray Valley Provincial Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
6 hours ago

October 11th 2018:

Such a good hike. Snow covered trails, kind of slippery at the beginning, cramps and poles recommended. starts off pretty steep, a bit of a slog, last 30 mins of the hike to the summit is slow and arduous, but at least the snow is packed and easily followed. moderate to difficult.

Fairly new to hiking and found this to be a perfect adventure for my skill level. Amazing views of Spray Lake and the surrounding mountains. The pass was snow covered as was most of the trail up. There are a few steep and wet spots where the trail really thins out. We had a beautiful sunny day but would have liked cleats in parts. Nice to see the Wind Tower peak so close but would not want to attempt summiting that this time of year.

hiking
20 hours ago

Went on Saturday Oct 13 (the year winter came early). Snow covered the trail the whole way with some bare spots on the bottom 3rd.
The trail was well packed and easy to see and navigate till the top. At the top, it appeared to be less traveled and then the trail disappeared on the last little bit. Here we had to trudge through some deeper snow (would sink to your knees roughly) to get to the other side and see the valley.
I'd recommend cleats and gators. Weather was cold and windy at the top.
As mentioned before, park right at the trail head as opposed to driftwood parking lot.
Did the whole trip in 3.5hrs, that included walking around exploring at the top and having a lunch/beer! Great hike for beginners that want to step it up a notch.

trail running
20 hours ago

Ran this trail yesterday as an alternative to ha ling as it is still closed.

Trails are pretty good, some icy spots on the way up. I used crampons in these areas just to be safe, but doable with good quality hiking boots/trail runners. I Definitely needed to bring wind stopper pants though, my insulated tights were not enough near the summit. Amazingly clear views.

hiking
2 days 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

Did this at sunrise. Lost the trail on the way up. Got the what we thought was a fork and went left, should have stayed right. It was so dark when we started i only saw 1 blue square the way up. Saw them all the way down.

snowshoeing
8 days 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
8 days 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.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful trail, steep the last 2/3rds to the top. Snow covered last quarter, definitely need hiking boots or trail running shoes.

hiking
15 days 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 snow day peak while it's still just foot deep

Did this on Wednesday, still doable. Exhausting and dangerous but well worth it. Definitely a scramble hike. The last push to the peak is the most difficult and dangerous part. Take the left path going to the summit, it may look more challenging, but it is the safer way to get up and down from the peak. We also paid our respect to the women who lost her life on this hike by leaving our made shift hiking sticks on a pile of rocks beside the Ammo box at the summit.

Can be hard to keep track of the trail on the rocky parts, but it’s very hard to actually get lost. Be careful choosing a path up/down from the summit in the scree areas.

hiking
22 days 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.

UNREAL views the whole way up. no warmup as it starts steep and stays steep but really enjoyed this hike. even got hit with a short 45min snowstorm at the top! solid leg burner but certainly worth the effort!

hiking
23 days 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.

Great trail and great views! The first half of the hike was cloudy but the sun broke through just as we started climbing!

Beautiful hike with amazing views at the end! Difficult to route find unless you have the app - found it very helpful to keep comparing where we were with the trail we were on/direction we were heading. The last 1-2km was a serious grind - calves were KILLING. The top is SERIOUSLY windy and cold - anticipate for some harsh cold winds and bring a toque/gloves.

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
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty steep hike and you have to really make sure where you're going because the trail is poorly marked. But once you get to the top, the view of the water on one side and the valley on the other side are incredible. Highly recommend. TAKE YOUR TIME. Breathtaking hike for breathtaking views.

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.

Wish this trail was closer to my home. It wasn’t easy to find and stay on the correct trail so we ended up blazing our own. Turned out to be more difficult than it could have been but we still loved it! When starting out, definitely go to the right and you’ll be on the correct trail. Seems like a common mistake.

My most favorite hike in this area so far. The new trail to Guinn's pass is well built and offers unbelievable views all the way to the pass with balanced an steady ascent. We did end to end hike from Galatea trail head to Ribbon creek parking lot in about 8 hours. Beautiful and rewarding hiking trail.. highly recommended!!

on West Wind Pass

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is so beautiful. The comments on here helped a lot. I would recommend parking closer to the trail head and not at the Driftwood parking lot (it adds about a good chunk of time to the hike).

1 month ago

Amazing hike! But you really do need to keep staying to the right, we ended up on a cliff and had to turn around haha till we found the right trail! Amazing once you get to the top!

The trail is not well marked we got lost and ended climbing up and going down several times trying to find the right trail, lots of steep incline and loose gravel.

So, I read all the reviews about this hike and everyone was pretty spot on.
I would like to note that instead of parking at the driftwood day use to go up the road just a little further. The actual trail head for the west wind pass is closer to this entrance, otherwise you hike about an extra 30-40 minutes. We ended up turning back and then driving farther up thinking we were on the wrong trail all together.
The main trail sign you see is called high rockies trail. You will find a branch off for the west wind pass.
The trail is steep. I'm a beginner and it's doable but it took a bit longer than an hour and yes, there's a section closer to the top that's hard to see the trail and we went the wrong way and had to come back down, so just take your time and keep right, look ahead if you can't see the trail clearly, it will help you see the best route to go.
Have good hiking shoes. This is not a nature walk, the terrain is loose. You may want a walking stick too, just so a little extra support.
For cooler days I'd recommend some gloves for up top and a windbreaker as well.
It's getting 4 star because the trail was a bit hard to locate. I've posted some photo's to help others on their venture.
Definitely would go again.

hiking
1 month ago

Start of trail (2-3km) is basically a wide dirt road/trail. Would be good for biking. Once you break away from that, where the trail splits to go to Karst Springs, you are on a beautiful trail. The scenery is fantastic. This is a very enjoyable easy hike.

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