Galatea Creek

Galatea Creek near Kananaskis, AB


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
6 kms
4hours
moderate
Hiking
Spring, Fall, Summer
Kananaskis, AB
User bfcoffey
This a moderately difficult trail along the banks of Galatea Creek arriving eventually at Lillian Lake (also campsites). Along with a suspension bridge over the Kananaskis River there are 10 other bridge crossings (kids love bridges). There is one steeper portion but it is quite short in length.




Option - this trail intersects the Terrace Trail after crossing the second bridge. The Terrace Trail runs from this trail to Kananaskis Village.

The length of 6.5km is one way.

This is a very popular trail, especially on weekends, so arrive early or on weekdays. For a little solitude on weekends, travel a little further (1km and 183m elev.)to the Galatea Lakes. The unofficial trail begins behind campsite #11.<

For the more adventurous, a scramble up the backside of Mt. Kidd is possible from the main trail. Refer to Kane's 'Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies'.


Directions:

The trailhead is well signed, right on Hwy 40, about 3 miles south of the Kananaskis Golf Courses.




Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By leeunplugged@telus.netPosted By: leeunplugged@telus.net  - Mon Jun 23 11:33:45 EDT 2014 Not Rated Question Is it open now?

ANSWERS are in this forum:   Galatea hike
By cjenkinsPosted By: cjenkins  - Thu Jan 23 18:27:35 EST 2014 Not Rated Downside Heads up as of Summer/Fall 2013 this trail is closed due to damage from the June flood. Make sure to check with the parks people before you go out to any trail that follows a creek or river. We drove out to it in the fall because I've done it before and it's a great hike only to find it closed off.
By longleggedhikerPosted By: longleggedhiker  - Sat May 22 20:54:33 EDT 2010 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside One of the best trails in all of Kananaskis Country. This spectacular trail is relativley easy and offers views the whole way. Downside This is one of the most popular trails in the area. You will never be alone here and on summer weekends, its bumper-to-bumper hiking. Comment This is a must do trail. It is a well defined trail with numerous bridges as it criss crosses the creek. Lillian Lake is a great backcountry destination. It is 6.5 km with 400 m of elevation gain to Lillian Lake.

It is well worth it to continue to the Galatea Lakes. The hike is 1.2 km with 250 m of elevation gain so it is quite a difficult slog up the scree but it is worth the effort.

Go during the week if you can. This is a busy trail.
By MChaissonPosted By: MChaisson  - Sat Sep 13 22:57:57 EDT 2008 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Great weather (16 deg)....trail conditions very good except for some slippery sections. We didn't go to the lake rather we climbed up to Guinns pass for some breathtaking views. Worth the push to the pass. Downside The smell of the spruce, the sound of the creek rushing by......wait those are more good things....no downside from our party!! Comment All in all a great trail with good bridges. We will do it again next summer and incorporate the campgrounds at the lake.
By Alexcool880Posted By: Alexcool880  - Sun Jul 13 11:15:20 EDT 2008 Not Rated Comment Sweet, thanks dudes, but it took us to texas, 32 hours of wasted time =(
By daveandlindaPosted By: daveandlinda  - Tue Mar 25 17:22:12 EDT 2008 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside This is also a great winter hike! We did this in March 2008 and found the trail to be well-packed and easy to follow, but stay on the trail, otherwise the snow is deep. There are also slippery/icy sections...my cramp-ons made things much easier : )
By Mish@Posted By: Mish@  - Sun Sep 24 14:06:04 EDT 2006 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside It is a very nice and beautiful hike with average and easy parts of difficulty. The first stop is the Lillian lake. It has lots of cutthroats. So fisherman can always spend nice time with their fishing rods. psst!(I'd recomend you bright coloured spoons!) After you had a nice rest at lillian lake you can continue your hike going up to Galatea lakes. Belive me, is worth to get there!!! The trail gets more difficult because in parts it goes through scree. On the top there are two lakes. Upper and lower The lower lake has rainbows twice as much and big as on lillian lake! But the upper lake does not have fish and it is smaller but it is still very beautiful.
By 26milerPosted By: 26miler  - Sat Aug 05 15:18:25 EDT 2006 Not Rated Downside Crowded, popular trail Comment A long trail run can be done by going to lower Galatea lake first, then backtrack to Guinn's pass over to Ribbon Lake and out Ribbon Fall trai. A shuttle drop-off is needed. It's about 26k, done is 6-7hr.
By sdecariePosted By: sdecarie  - Sun Jun 25 00:24:12 EDT 2006 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside I'd recommend going about 1km further all the way to Galatea Lake, much better views but it is 250 meters of elevation in 1 km Downside Most of the trail is in the trees. Not going all the way to Galatea Lake you miss the best views Comment The elevation is more like 400 meters from parking lot to Lillian lake and 250 more to Galatea Lake, through some scree too
By JoeyRamonePosted By: JoeyRamone  - Tue Mar 08 14:51:28 EST 2005 Not Rated Upside l


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