Galatea Creek To Lillian Lake

MODERATE 89 reviews

Galatea Creek To Lillian Lake is a 15.0 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kovach, Alberta, Canada and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

15 km
784 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash




1 month ago

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

First time out, windy. The trail was in good shape, wasn’t prepared totally. Needed spikes on the footwear. We try next time to try to make it to Lillian Lakes and the waterfall

4 months ago

Incredible hike that travels along Galatea creek the entire way to Lilian Lake.

4 months ago

Just attempted this (Oct 21st) with a couple of friends and if it wasn’t for the snow and sudden drop in temperature, I think I would have given this a 5-star rating. When we reached Lillian Lake, we attempted to go upto the Galatea Lakes, but the snow was too much and too steep. Also, Lillian lake was all covered in snow. Would recommend to hike this in the summer.

5 months ago

Beautiful hike to Lillian Lake and Galatea Lakes (Lower and Upper). Took roughly 6 hours round trip, which included a picnic break at Lillian Lake and snack/water break at Lower Galatea Lake. Poles may be helpful when hiking on the scree, but otherwise a great moderate hike. Note: this area is known for avalanches, therefore expect to cross avalanche debris on the trail.

5 months ago

One of those smokey forest fire days so chose a lake over a mountain. On the trail early, ran into a large female black bear on the last bridge, her cub was up a tree behind me. A situation that had the potential for problems! But a grand day out.

5 months ago

Great overnight trip, stayed at Lillian Lake CG and did a quick hike up to stunning Galatea Lake in the morning, so worth the extra workout. Some sections are not that "moderate" especially carrying a pack, trail gets busy on weekends but is dog friendly so great if you want to bring a furry friend.

5 months ago

Great trail that follows along a Creek. You can hear water throughout the trail! Very busy trail with lots of people.

6 months ago

Fantastic hike...start to finish. Galatea Lakes especially Upper are among the most beautiful in the Rockies. A must hike !!!

6 months ago

Beautiful hike

7 months ago

Went there yesterday only to be greeted by a big sign saying the trail is closed. There was an avalanche on July 27th which took out the trail. It will be close until further notice!

9 months ago

10 months ago

The trip out was great, snow was packed down nicely. The trip back was much warmer so we sunk down quite often in the snow. Well worth the trip. The waterfall was beautiful. There is a very easy path to follow to Lillian Lake but no trail to get to Galatea Lower Lake.

11 months ago

Easy to moderate up to Lillian Lake. After that it gets quite steep but the extra effort is well worth it as the views and lakes are stunning.

Picturesque nearly the entire way with at least seven bridges, fantastical forest and rushing water.

Lillian Lake is serene and a nice place for a snack. The campground is located here with many amenities, although you need to book with Parks Alberta first.

Through campsite 11 you will gain access for the final ascent to Upper and Lower Galatea Lake. These are located above the treeline and a slight scramble in some places over rocks and boulders.

Free parking is available. Outhouses in the parking lot. Check the Alberta Parks website to ensure the trail is open.

A lovely winter hike if you're equipped, as well.

Took us about 6 hours return.

I highly recommend - to date, this is my favourite hike.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Great hike, the deep snow and ice made it a bit more challenging than it is in the summer.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Loved loved loved this one! Quite easy, long and wonderful. We didnt make it all the way up to the lake because it was icy and we were with my mother in law, but i would definitely finish it in the summer and climb all the way up!

Friday, November 04, 2016

really enjoyed this hike

Monday, October 24, 2016

Great work out! Interesting trail with many bridge crossings, mostly forested and shaded from the sun. Steady ascend with several steep sections. Beautiful view at Lilian Lake.

Also continued hiking up to the first Galatea Lake. It was steep and rocky. We could see the lake behind the trees, the color was amazing. Due to lack of time, we didn't try hard to find a way down to the shore, but returned instead.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Really enjoyed this hike a couple of years ago, nice hike, good day out.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Not the best views on the way up and not enough signs. Good way to spend your day though.

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