There are a number a nice little bridges all the way up this hike, the largest at the beginning. The trail meanders through the trees and along the creek most of the way up, not much for views until you reach Lillian Lake. It is a gradual but continuous uphill after the 4th or 5th bridge and is approximately 6.5km, 460m to Lillian Lake and another 1.5km, 155m to the Lower Galatea Lake. All in all a nice hike, but wear proper footware as the last bit up to the lake has a lot of loose rock.
Head into K country from highway 1, continue to the Galatea/Lilian Lake trailhead, about 3 miles past the golf course (signed) and turn right into the parking lot.
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Posted By: Delaine
- Tue Jul 28 14:55:33 UTC 2015
UpsideVery beautiful scenery. This hike has everything - mountains, creeks, lakes, bridges, groomed paths, a bit of scambling and walking on shale. CommentAlthough trails and a couple of bridges have been washed out from the flood, the trails are well marked with bright ribbon. Cross a total of 7 bridges to the lakes. Especially scenic past Lillian Lake toward Galatea Lakes and looking back. Well worth the extra 2 km to go to Upper and Lower Galatea Lakes.
Posted By: derkaallen
- Mon Jul 27 00:20:59 UTC 2015
UpsideGreat mountain and lake views Not a terribly difficult trail until after the Lillian lake campground Fairly well marked trail DownsideThere is still trail erosion from the 2013 flood. Several bridges were damaged from fallen trees and the flood Fairly busy trail Fairly muddy in sections of the trail CommentI wouldn't recommend this trail for families with small children as there is some definite issues regarding erosion and damage to the bridges. We did the return up to the lake in 6 hours with several breaks for pictures, lunch and water (by no means are we in fantastic shape either) Great trail with views of several mountain lakes and passes. Check the forecast; if there was heavy rain the day before you are planning on making this trip there will be some serious muddy stretches on the trail. Overall great day and can't wait to check out some more hikes
Posted By: safiorini
- Mon Aug 19 15:59:19 UTC 2013
UpsideGreat views and creek side hiking.. DownsideThis trail is severely washed out so be prepared to do lots of orienteering up to the lakes.
Posted By: longleggedhiker
- Sun May 23 01:01:49 UTC 2010
UpsideThe Galatea Lakes are among the best backcountry destinations in all of Kananaskis Country. It is a very beautiful alpine environment. DownsideUnlike the section from the parking lot to Lillian Lake, this section from Lillian Lake to Galatea Lakes is quite a climb up scree. CommentA logical extention to the popular hike to Lillian Lake. You will want to spend some time up here. Go on an overcast day as the scree slope up to the lakes is like an oven in the sun.