Galatea Creek To Lillian Lake

MODERATE 99 reviews

Galatea Creek To Lillian Lake is a 14.3 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.

DISTANCE
14.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
793 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

lake

13 days ago

Trail closed due to environmental concerns

hiking
13 days ago

Nice trail summer or winter. More effort in winter though.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on May 2, 2018

Amenities: Washrooms, garbage cans and tons of paved parking at the trailhead. Washrooms at Lillian Lake.

Risk: No sign of bears or other predators, however bears are active in the area during the summer months. Avalanches are currently a possibility, so keep your ears open and be aware of your surroundings. Snow is still covering most of the trail with deeper snow towards the end of the trail, especially at Lillian Lake.

Reward: Despite the significant amount of snow, Lillian Lake is beautiful. Additionally, the entire trail has good elevation gain without any extremely steep sections. The hike runs along a creek which offers numerous spots to fill your water bottle (if you have a water filter). Most of the hike runs through the woods so you’ll be sheltered from the sun, as well as some open areas to catch a glimpse of the mountains in the surrounding area.

You Should Know:
1. One of the bridges had a tree fall on it so it’s significantly damaged. Cross the bridge one person at a time and do it quickly.

2. A section of the trail is covered with a recent avalanche. Hike it in a straight line to get to reconnect with the trail on the other side. Do not attempt to find the trail at the creek shore. Again, don’t waste time crossing.

3. Lillian Lake and the surrounding area is under 3+ feet of snow. The campsite is mostly inaccessible, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a spot to sit down and eat lunch. I’d recommend you do that at the last bridge before the final ascent to the lake.

4. Crampons and/or poles and sunglasses are highly recommended.

Overall: It’s a good hike with a comfortable ease of elevation, good views and accessible water along the way. As most of the hike is in the woods, you’ll be protected from the sun and heat. Lillian Lake and the surrounding area is very rewarding. Snow, a damaged bridge and a recent avalanche makes for a difficult and potentially dangerous hike, especially without proper equipment. As snow starts to melt, it becomes more difficult get stable footing on the trail packed snow. I recommend waiting until June before attempting this hike.

1 month ago

This is our favourite hike in the Rockies. Great reward at the end. Great campground too at Lillian lake.

3 months ago

Amazing hike, weather is getting warmer. Just be a little careful now , ensure proper gear is on hand.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Trail is in good shape. Some people in boots have made the first bit rough but clears up soon. Beautiful views & no one else on the trail!

5 months 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

7 months ago

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

hiking
8 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.

hiking
9 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.

hiking
9 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.

backpacking
9 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.

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike

hiking
11 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!

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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.

hiking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

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

hiking
Thursday, September 29, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

nice steady hike, beautiful streams

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Excellent views. mostly gradual pitch with some steeper sections. Scree between Lilian and Galatea is easily traversed.

backpacking
Friday, August 19, 2016

Such a great hike up to the campsites. Good first day hike with heavy overnight packs. Was the only two people in the campsites and the new tent platforms look good.

Monday, August 15, 2016

We did this last Thanksgiving at I'm glad we did ! Another exceptional hike that has everything. I would recommend going beyond Lillian Lake to the upper Galatea Lakes.

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