Lilian and Galatea Lakes Trail is one of the most spectacular hikes in Kananaskis Country, that I have done in recent years. This is a strong intermediate hike that follows a bubbling creek through varied forest path and over an exposed rock scree slope to three separate alpine lakes.
The trail is a bit monotonous in spots, but views from the top are grand, as are the glittering turquoise lakes. It might take a few days out hiking to build up to this one, but it’s spectacular and definitely worth it.
The hike begins at the Galatea/Lilian Lake trailhead, on the right-hand side of Highway 40 shortly after the golf course. Starting with a suspension bridge over the Kananaskis River, the trail repeatedly zig-zags over Galatea Creek, via nine small wooden bridges.
The trail climbs gently for several kilometres towards Lilian lake, which is a great spot for lunch. There is also a scenic backcountry campground here for those wanting to make this an overnight trip.
The trail becomes much steeper beyond Lillian Lake toward Galatea Lake, and you need to watch your footing over the exposed rock scree slope. The views back through the valley are epic though, as are both the Galatea Lakes. The journey up this section feels difficult, but the way back down the scree is also challenging, be careful!
For hardcore folk, it’s possible to detour back a little ways and hike over Guinn pass to link with Ribbon Falls, which would make an amazing weekend trip.