Lillian and Galatea Lakes Trail

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Distance:
14.2 km
Difficulty:
Moderate
Elev. gain:
685 meters
Time required:
4 - 6 hours
Bikes permitted:
Yes
Dogs permitted:
Yes

Directions to trail head

The trailhead is on Highway #40 approximately 30 kilometers south of the intersection of Highways #1 and Highway #40. You will drive past both the turn for the golf course and the Mt. Kidd campground. The trailhead is clearly marked with a sign indicating the Galatea Creek Trail.

Hazards on trail

This trail is subject to a spring closure annually to prevent trail erosion. The dates vary so contact the Barrier Lake Centre at (403) 673-3985 to ensure the trail is open.

Hike Description

This is one of the most popular hikes in the area and probably the best trail I have hiked for some time. The trail has several bridges (at least eight) that cross Galatea Creek. Were it not for the bridges and the views of the creek the trail might seem monotonous as there are only a couple of viewpoints before you reach Lillian Lake. The trail has a fairly constant grade to Lillian Lake and then becomes noticeably steeper as it climbs above Lillian Lake to Galatea Lake. Lillian Lake and the campsites near it are scenic but if you have hiked 5.5 kilometers (one-way) to Lillian lake you should continue on to the Galatea lakes which adds only 3 kilometers and 250 meters elevation (total of 685 to Galatea Lake) to the trip. The trail above Lillian Lakes is very rocky and you have to watch your step but the views back towards the valley through which you will have traveled are amazing as are the Galatea Lakes, the first of which is below.


Galatea Lake Kananaskis Alberta


From the trailhead you will walk down a steep hill and cross a suspension bridge. On the far side of the bridge you turn to the left. Turning right takes you into Kananaskis Village on the Terrace Trail. Continue on the trail. Approximately 1 kilometer before Lillian Lake there is an intersection with the trail over Guinn Pass. To stay on Galatea go straight and you will reach Lillian Lake. At Lillian Lake there is an intersection at which you will turn right to continue onto Galatea Lake.


If you are looking to do some backcountry camping I would recommend this location. If you want to camp for more than one night you can also detour and hike over Guinn pass and camp in the Ribbon Lake/Falls area. Combining this trail with the Ribbon Falls trail would make a fantastic weekend. You will pass the intersection to Guinn Pass about 1 kilometer before you reach Lillian Lake. The Google Earth image should give some idea of the potential. You will need two vehicles and a map. Do not blame me if you get lost.


Ribbon Falls and Galatea Creek Trails



Hike Photos

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