Galatea Lake (lower)

Galatea Lake (lower) 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
16 kms
5hours
moderate
Hiking
Summer, Fall
Kananaskis, AB
User creativeno

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.

Directions:

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.




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

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By DelainePosted By: Delaine  - Tue Jul 28 14:55:33 UTC 2015 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 Very beautiful scenery. This hike has everything - mountains, creeks, lakes, bridges, groomed paths, a bit of scambling and walking on shale. Comment Although 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.
By derkaallenPosted By: derkaallen  - Mon Jul 27 00:20:59 UTC 2015 Not Rated Upside Great mountain and lake views
Not a terribly difficult trail until after the Lillian lake campground
Fairly well marked trail
Downside There 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
Comment I 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
By safioriniPosted By: safiorini  - Mon Aug 19 15:59:19 UTC 2013 Not Rated Upside Great views and creek side hiking.. Downside This trail is severely washed out so be prepared to do lots of orienteering up to the lakes.
By longleggedhikerPosted By: longleggedhiker  - Sun May 23 01:01:49 UTC 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 The Galatea Lakes are among the best backcountry destinations in all of Kananaskis Country. It is a very beautiful alpine environment. Downside Unlike the section from the parking lot to Lillian Lake, this section from Lillian Lake to Galatea Lakes is quite a climb up scree. Comment A 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.


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