Galatea Creek To Lillian Lake

MODERATE 92 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.

14.3 km
793 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash




1 month ago

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

1 month 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!

3 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

5 months ago

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

6 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.

7 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.

7 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.

7 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.

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

Beautiful hike

8 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!

10 months ago

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monday, August 08, 2016

The hike in to Lillian lake is pretty easy going with a constant flow of moderate inclines hugging the banks of the river and only a couple of steeper sections to tackle closer to the lake. I would say that it's a bit longer than trail maps and books would have you believe as the detours due to flood damage certainly add up and I could see a kilometre may be accounted for at the end. After a night at Lillian lake backcountry campground we woke up at 5am to make some coffee for our flask and hiked up the final, steeper and more challenging section to the Galatea lakes to catch the sunrise. It was mind blowing how beautiful it was up there. This is a phenomenal hike that everyone should put on their bucket list and I can't recommend doing it first thing in the morning highly enough.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Great hike with steady moderate incline, only a few steep parts. The trail follows a creek between two mountains, that leads to a nice small lake. Not a lot of gorgeous views, mostly in the bush, but a couple cool ridges. Went on Saturday on a long weekend, had people for sure but not crazy busy like I was expecting.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Great summer hike! The lake is beautiful and the trail itself is a great mixture of up and down through some Narnia-like forests.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

awesome hike!

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