Galatea Creek To Lillian Lake

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Spray Valley Provincial Park

Galatea Creek To Lillian Lake is a 14.6 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 14.6 km Elevation Gain: 789 m Route Type: Out & Back

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Galatea Creek Trail has an annual seasonal closure in place roughly between May 1st - June 29th to allow the trail to dry and prevent damage. Please check with the park for a more accurate time frame as this is subject to change.

2 months ago

Great hike, I've done it before. Attempted yesterday, but a recent avalanche stopped us from going any further about 3km in. Snow was 4ft so you could probably make it with snow shoes.

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2 months ago

I hiked this last summer and it is one of my favourite hikes. Really nice to bring a lunch to picnic at the end. Some spots are steep but not bad overall! Have yet to do this in the winter but I know it would be great for snowshoeing.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Completed Feb 2. Trail is well-packed until 1km before Lillian, and then became quite a bit deeper. Snowshoes required for going beyond to the upper lakes.

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4 months ago

Did this trail Jan.11. The first half of the trail is little snow and very packed. Snowshoes not required. The second half has some exposed drifting snow and deeper snow. Looks like other did without snowshoes but would not recommend it. Was a very beautiful and the last 30 mins is steep with snowshoes but was worth the hike. Trails gets narrower for the last half as well. Happy hiking!

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5 months ago

Did this trail Dec 8, 2019. Beautiful winter wonderland, hiking along the creek the entire way and crossing 10 bridges up to Lillian Lake. Periods of incline were brief. Did not need microspikes, snowshoes or poles yesterday. Fresh snow but only ankle deep on path. Definitely doing this one in summer! (2 hours 40 minutes up and 2 hours down).

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7 months ago

Did this trail yesterday in a crazy wind storm. That couldn't be helped but having spikes and poles was sure useful as you went higher up. One of my all time faves.

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snow
7 months ago

We hiked this trail on October 19. The trail is a great hike! Conditions on the trail were snowy/slippery as we got closer to the top. Definitely needed poles to get up/down the steeper sections. I would recommend spikes for your footwear in these conditions.

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8 months ago

Completed it on 7 sep. Very easy until 6th bridge but then moderate to difficult beyond. Some small flat portions but many steep uphill. One of the best hikes for sure

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rocky
8 months ago

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8 months ago

Beautiful trail with lots of creek crossings. Campground by the lake was awesome! Took my wife for her first back country camp and she loved it! More elevation gain than I anticipated but well worth it. Did the hike up to Galatea (gal-ah-tee-ah) lake and Guinns pass to the summit, it’s not easy but well worth it.

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8 months ago

Go to the second lake. Worth it 100%

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8 months ago

My 8year old granddaughter and I just completed this hike a couple of days ago. It was a nice trail along the water, couple switchbacks with rock crossings, 10 beautiful bridges and steep the last km and a bit. Peaceful and great campsite with deck like platforms on most sites . Common area was busy with a lot of extremely friendly people and dogs. This was a fantastic experience for us and she can’t wait to do it next year and add in the ribbon lake.

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rocky
8 months ago

Awesome trail to the first Lake second Lake a little challenging but well worth it.

Awesome views and the lakes are definitely worth it. Challenging for the last 1km.

Rain made the second night we stayed hard as the campsite firepits were not easily started, but the area is beautiful and the hike is amazing

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muddy
8 months ago

Was there two weeks ago. Great day hike but was very muddy and slick in places.

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9 months ago

Awesome trail! Moderate is accurate. Quite a few people on the trail. We went up to Guinn’s pass and then back down to the lakes. Long trail through the woods and then a nice scree climb for the last km to get to the lakes.

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9 months ago

Definitely a moderate hike with a few steep sections before Lillian Lake. I have a hard time getting down steep sections, so I used my poles coming down and they were very helpful. Most of the trail is a walk through forest with several bridge crossings. We saw lots of families and dogs and the backcountry campground was full. Also saw fresh bear scat but didn't see any bears. Took us about 4.5 hours with a stop for lunch.

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9 months ago

Excellent trail. You walk in the woods along a creek with several bridges. The last 30 minutes before getting to the lake are steep but you are rewarded with the peace and quiet of Lillian lake

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rocky
9 months ago

scramble
9 months ago

Great hike. The last part before lower Galatea was steep but well worth it. Saw a guy catching trout in the lower Galatea Lake. Lots of dogs on the trail.

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scramble
9 months ago

Lilian Lake was nice but the extra trek to the Galatea Lakes is worth the blue water and snow capped mountains.

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9 months ago

Hiked up to Lillian lake today. It is a moderate hike with some easier sections. It was nice and cool, great temp for a hike. Was busy, but nice to see lots of families out. We were going to continue up to Galatea lake, but it was getting a little late, for sure next time. It is a very pretty hike, a lot of the trail in the trees, definitely worth the hike!

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snow
9 months ago

Fresh snow fell Friday night, so the trail was pretty soupy on Saturday. A few steep sections definitely make this hike moderate, not easy, in my opinion. The extra 1km up to Galatea is challenging but absolutely worth it. Stunning up there!

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9 months ago

We only did half of this trail as it was more or less a scouting mission for photography that we turned into more of an adventure. My kids loved it as there were plenty of places to throw sticks into the creek to watch them flow down stream. This trail is full of gorgeous forest trails and lots of water. Will definitely be coming back to finish it.

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