Geraldine Lakes Trail: First Lake

MODERATE 17 reviews
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Geraldine Lakes Trail: First Lake is a 5.1 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Henry House, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.1 km
242 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips










11 days ago

Amazing views, great mix of rock hopping, wooded trails, and scramble! We took our dog and he absolutely loved it. Rock formations are great trail markers and it wasn’t hard to stay on track. Road in is a little sketchy and mosquitos/horseflies were plentiful

12 days ago

Even in the thunderstorm, tons of mosquitoes and packing in a 21lb baby this trail is a beauty. Very few people. Well worth it! We only went to the first falls at the head of the first lake because of time of day but would go back for sure!

27 days ago

The scenery and in particular the waterfalls are awesome. We hiked to the second lake and back on a beautiful July day. Saw very few people. The trail is tougher than you might think with much rock hopping. The climb up to the second lake is quite something as is the decent. Not the trail to choose for breaking in your new boots. No issues for 2WD access today.

1 month ago

Beautiful views... BUT the effort is not worth it. There are many other hikes with just as beautiful of views, if not better to do that require a lot less effort. I’m all up for a challenge but the majority of the trail is boulders and large rocks. It was difficult to cross the boulders and slippery when wet. I would not recommend this hike and will not be returning to this hike unfortunately.

1 month ago


3 months ago

Love this hike. It’s a good mix of difficult steep sections followed by a bit of a break as it flattens out each time you reach a lake. The lakes and waterfalls are beautiful and this hike was not very crowded for us, even on a sunny summers day. Be warned that the drive in is a bit on the wild side- low-riding cars may not make it at all and a 4x4 of some sort is probably best (you probably CAN make it in your average sedan, but you’ll have to take it really slow).

3 months ago

One of my favorites. Good mix of terrain and always love trails with waterfalls. Lots of places to take in the view and do some rock hopping. Never made it to the top of the large fall because I’ve gotten off to a late start (all 3 times)! One of these days!

11 months ago

Great little hike! awesome, two tiered waterfall at the end of the first lake! beautiful brooks in the lake!

Monday, August 14, 2017

One of my favourite hikes so far! There is a lot of boulder hopping.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Awesome trail!
Hike through the woods up to the river fed by the first lake and continue hiking lake side. This part is really beautiful and requires some technical skill to avoid getting wet since the lake was often covering parts of the trail while I was there. Keep going lakeside until you meet the first set of gorgeous waterfalls. They are massive, deafening, and inches from the trail. Worth stopping and just taking in the insane power of this set of falls. Just don't get too close! Next, Boulder hop around to the next lake and towards the next set of falls. This part was soooo fun! Jumping from rock to rock can be challenging and dangerous, but once you get a rythm, it's a blast. Before you reach the second set of falls there is a natural stone diving board available if you need to cool off in the lake. Next, the climb up to the top of the second set of falls is really steep and requires both hands, but the payoff at the top is easily worth it. That's where I stopped for lunch and headed back. Didn't have time to go to the end of the third lake as getting this far took 2.5 hrs and it was late.

After having hiked Patricia Loop, Sulphur Ridge, Valley of the Five Lakes, Old Fort Pointe, and Geraldine Lakes, so far this was by far my favourite hike. It has many challenging sections that require good ankles and balance(1.5km of boulder hopping), plus a wide variety of hiking environments. There were very few hikers on the trail which made it much more fun for me, since my friends enjoy having a trail to just themselves. Also, of the trail wasn't marked and I relied heavily on small rock piles to guide me.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Geraldine lake 2 is beautiful. There's a lot of hopping from boulder to boulder is involved, with a good boots on, the trail is fun.

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