Galatea Creek To Lillian Lake

MODERATE 167 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

Galatea Creek Trail has an annual seasonal closure in place between April 1st - June 29th to allow the trail to dry and prevent damage.

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail! Pretty busy today with hikers and back country campers! Super dog friendly! Steady incline throughout until the end it gets a bit steeper. Super beautiful scenery and river / falls all along the way! Loved this hike!

1 day ago

This is my absolute most favorite hike! Tons of scenery throughout the whole way which helps you not focus on the inclines throughout the entire way. You will not be disappointed!

4 days ago

Steep hike through out. went to lake and went back which took 4.5 hours at a steady pace. patches of gravel and boulder crossings. lake scene is worth it.

5 days ago

Did this one yesterday! Good for all levels. Awesome trail with awesome view. A bit crowded.

hiking
7 days ago

Not a very rewarding hike to say the least. The amount of incline and distance you have to travel was not worth the views of either lakes.

hiking
9 days ago

A steady incline going up. Overall amazing views.

10 days ago

absolutely amazing! despite it being +35 today we were able to enjoy the trail and the sights. Very well marked and heavily trafficked trail so you'll be sure to see a good chunk of people which can be great motivation. I would say that the trail from the parking lot to Lillian lake is moderate and the section from Lillian lake to Galatea lake is hard due to the large amount of loose rock. But it's worth is as the serenity of Galatea lake is amazing. It took us a total of 4 hours (2h each way) plus an hour break at the lake. would definitely do this one again!

11 days ago

Pretty steady climbing the entire way. Underwhelmed by Lillian lake personally, the extra climb (it’s hard) to Galatea Lake makes it all worth it.

14 days ago

Easy hike I assume if you are not carrying 40 lbs. of toddler. Best scenery in Kananaskis going up with great lake scenery at top.

A tough hike for me but I did it!

14 days ago

Easy hike... Nice views...

15 days ago

Amazing

22 days ago

Great day!!

hiking
22 days ago

Just completed it July 29/18. The hike is great lots of amazing scenery. It is a challenging trail as there is steady elevation gain throughout the entire trek in, few down hill, and few flat spots. Lots of different age ranges and fitness levels on the trail. Ran into another hiker about every 5 min mid day very few towards dinner. The trek from Lillian lake to Galatea is the real challenge. A tonne of elevation gain over a short distance and the unstable rock can be hard on the ankles. But the lakes are worth it, definitely go for the extra 15-20 min walk to get to the second lake. 3 hours with breaks to get to third lake from parking lot. About 1.5 hours back.

hiking
22 days ago

Did this hike July 26, 2018 with our kids (14 and 16). Beautiful hike, the extra effort from Lillian Lake to Galatea lake definitely worth it. We took our time going up, taking breaks to enjoy the scenery, 3.5 hours in, 2 hours out. Would do it again and stay the night at Lilian Lake. Campsites look great. Bathroom didn’t have toilet paper so be sure to bring your own.

hiking
22 days ago

Day hike review. My husband and I started the hike at 9am, and got to Lillian Lake at 10:45. We then proceeded to the upper Galatea Lake to eat lunch (it was 3 hours in by the time we started to head back). The trail is beautiful, well maintained, and lots of variety. Glad we started early because a lot of people were heading in as we were leaving.

hiking
23 days ago

July 28/18 - Beautiful hike to an amazing lake! Trail was super busy today, lots of hikers & dogs. Campground was also busy. Gorgeous lake that was well worth the hike up there.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did this one as a beginner, it was difficult for my skill level but I did just fine (I was also carrying an backpack for an overnight stay so that made it a bit more difficult) but it’s a very beautiful hike and I would recommend staying the night and waking up to see the sun rise over the mountains! Amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

THIS TRAIL IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.

We attempted this hike on May 16th and the gates are locked with a closed notice. Fines are also posted.

Looking forward to an attempt this summer.

1 month ago

Gorgeous hike!! Many bridges and scenic spots to take pictures and enjoy the sights. Very rocky on the last stretch between Lillian Lake and Galatea Lake but worth it!!

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning from beginning to end

hiking
1 month ago

It was a beautiful, nice hike starting in the forest with a creek on the other side of the trail, there’s quite a few bridges to cross ( very well done ) .
Up all the way until the third lake with some sections that were steeper than others.
It took us about 2 hours to get to Lillian Lake, we stopped to grab a snack and continue to Galatea lake, Lillian lake was busy with all the campers and hikers that were fishing there were also mosquitoes.
Took us about 40 min steep up to Galatea lake, the views got better and the color of the lake was just beautiful from this point if you have time I would highly recommend to go to the third and last lake “upper Galatea” it is smaller but absolutely gorgeous, it ended being my favourite out of the 3 and just took us about 25 minutes to walk there.
Bring an extra layer for the top and plenty of water.

1 month ago

Really nice trail! Lots of bridge crossings and varied terrain.

hiking
1 month ago

the trail is open and it's a wonderful one. walk through the forest alongside the creek, cross multiple bridges and then head gently uphill. you will cross dried out creekbeds (there may be water). see the damage of the 2013 flood and incredible views of the mountains. Lillian Lake is nice. it's a bit steep up to galatea lake but it's short. the lakes and surrounding mountains are gorgeous.

2 months ago

Trail closed due to environmental concerns

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

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