Lillian Lake via Galatea Lakes Trail is a 10 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length10.0 miElevation gain2,762 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingRunningForestLakeViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeScrambleWashed out
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SEASONAL CLOSURE: This area is subject to seasonal closure due to weather conditions. For more information, please visit: https://albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/spray-valley-pp/information-facilities/ Lilian Lake via Galatea Lakes Trail follows a beautiful creek as users make their way through pristine wilderness and pine forest. The trail follows the woods for 90% of the trail to Lillian lake, making the mountain views limited and very special, as users will only have one or two spots where the trail is more exposed. Lillian Lake is relatively scenic, but users recommend continuing to Galatea Lakes to see the best scenery. The views are much better there, but keep in mind the trail does also become significantly more difficult after Lillian lake. As users make their way further down this trail, the views will continuously get better. The mountain views about 3/4 of the way up become the best parts of the scenery before arriving at the second lake, along with the streams and many waterfalls users walk along. Most of the route, users will hear the loud water of streams, so hikers should be as loud as they can to prevent bears from being scared if they happen to be in the area. Once at the second lake, users will want an extra layer, since Galatea Lake is known to be much cooler. Some spots are muddy, more so at the top closer to the larger lakes, but overall the trail is kept in good condition and well-marked. Wear good hiking shoes if you don't want a sprained ankle. Users should come early if possible, as the parking lot and trail really fill up as the day goes on since this is a long trail. In the spring and fall seasons, large parts of the trail are extremely muddy, with standing water and all that. During this rainy season, due to the amount of tree cover and proximity to the creek, the trail does remain quite muddy most of the year. Therefore, bringing waterproof shoes is a great thing to do to prevent getting too wet.

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B. W
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beautiful conditions on Saturday, for once it wasn't super busy.

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Jennifer Mate
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HikingIcySnow

Trail was beautiful, extremely icy and slushy. I packed it in around the half way mark, realizing if I didn’t like how slick it was on my ascent, It would be sketchier descending for the lake. Absolutely beautiful and doable if you aren’t a baby about slipping and sliding on the trail.

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Ethan Vogel
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddySnow

Great hike if your looking for something easy, trail is well marked. Never once did I feel like I didn't know where I was going. It's a gradual incline pretty much all the way, until you hit the 5km mark. Then it gets a tad steeper till the end. Left the parking lot at 11am and it was already 10 degrees. Snow pack all the way to the top with a few icy sections at the star. Did it in cross country low tops without an issue.

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Gigi Jacques
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Trail is nice, packed down and spikes were very helpful. Saw fresh bear prints and scat about halfway up, and cat prints the size of my hand that were definitely not those of a dog.

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Taylor Lynas
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Nature trips

Very nice hike, trail was easy to follow, snowy especially after halfway point, few spots later on in the trail can be fairly narrow. Lots of nice little mini waterfalls along the creek on the way up, as well as several bridges. Lots of forested area, with some nice openings/mountain views.Later in the day after I came down it was melting and some of the open sections out of the trees are a bit slippery so mind your step. That being said I did the whole hike with poles but no crampons. Couldn’t do Galatea Lakes which was a bummer, would need snowshoes and nobody has even slogged out the trail yet that I could see. Lots of birds chirping, spring is here! As others said mostly hard packed snow, just some melting/slush spots especially later in the day.

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Laurel Rockwell
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Very good conditions. Hard pack snow covered so crampons certainly help.

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Kat Nixon
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Lots of snow, but hard packed and very manageable! Beautiful scenery!

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Hannah Cowan
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Snowy but otherwise lovely. Crampons useful but not necessary

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Debbie Vickery
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HikingGreat!Snow

Beautiful trail, creek was flowing with nice snow caps on the rocks. Fresh snow this week, trail was good footing with crampons. No mud all snow! Fantastic, until we passed a group that heard a growling bear at approximately 4.8 km out, so they never made it to the lake. We turned around at the 3 k marker and then did a bit of a hike out to Kananaskis Village along the K river. Sunny, some wind in exposed areas. But a post card picture! Unfortunately for the bear warning, evening though we had bear spray we thought we should turn around. There were only 2 vehicles in the parking lot at 3:30 PM, so we hope they made out ok.

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Sydney van der Voort
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The first 2km are pretty icy and a bit muddy; strongly recommend crampons/spikes and poles. The trail is still very much snow covered, but easily navigable and clearly marked.

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Bentley Hamm
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A little bit icy, crampons highly recommend...nice hike, would love to do it again in the summer!

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Susan Sosick
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Stunningly beautiful throughout and particularly hiking along beside the gurgling creeks. Winter slowly saying goodbye to spring...snow is softening, creeks are flowing and the mountains looked spectacular! Many people finding a spot to soak up the sun and take in the views once at the lake. Parking lot almost full today.

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Eric Federkeil
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The trail was icy in places but had a few centimetres of fresh snow on top. We used our spikes and had no trouble making it to the lake.

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Candace Lowe
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Deidra Hooper
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March 27/21- Beautiful trail through the forest, following along Galatea Creek. Many cute bridges along the way! Even a couple of frozen waterfalls. Trail was snow packed, but sticky as it warmed up in the afternoon. Crampons were helpful to help with the incline and prevent slipping on the way down. Not very busy, especially for a Saturday.

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simona barrie
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Steven Kazoleas
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Trish MacCormack
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Beautiful today! Only 2 others on the trail! Crampons needed as icy in some spots and packed snow everywhere else.

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Chelsea Doi
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WalkingIcySnow

Gorgeous trail. I would say it is considered Hard for the length. There are steep moments but that’s to be expected on a hike, and nothing that a beginner couldn’t do. Recommend getting started earlier rather than later as this is a popular one, and for good reason. I’ll definitely be doing this one again in the summer!

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Christine Nolette
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HikingIcy

Great trail! Enjoyed the views. We will be checking this out in the summer! Also someone left a blue hiking pole just outside the Galatea parking lot. Just beyond the first bridge. Let me know if it’s yours!

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Tamer Adham
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With Ragheed. Most calories so far. Lots of ups and downs, with a steep km 2 kms before the end. Hard on the the knees

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Anthony AMALRIC
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