Upper and Lower Galatea Lake

This weekend I went hiking at Galatea Creek in the Kananaskis. It was perfect hiking weather – not to hot, but not too cool. The hike is 6.5km to Lillian Lake, with a fairly moderate elevation gain along the way. The trail winds along Galatea Creek, crossing over bridges occasionally. The hike also goes through forested areas and rocky sections.

Galatea Creek

Past Lillian Lake for another 1.0-1.5 km, are the Upper and Lower Galatea Lakes. Although the trail to the Galatea Lakes is much steeper than to Lillian Lake, the views are much nicer with a fantastic view of the mountains.

Lillian Lake and the Mountain View
Mountains around the Galatea Lakes
Mountains around the Galatea Lakes

Lillian Lake is more of a greenish colour, while the Galatea Lakes are a striking blue! I’ve been to this trail a number of times before, but it was amazing to see that even though it is July, there is a remarkable amount of snow. There are large chunks of ice still in Lower Galatea Lake, and Upper Galatea Lake is almost completely frozen!

Frozen ice chunks on Lower Galatea Lake
Frozen ice chunks on Lower Galatea Lake
Glacier Lillies in full bloom
Glacier Lillies in full bloom
Upper Galatea Lake
Upper Galatea Lake
Lower Galatea Lake
Lower Galatea Lake
Another view of Lower Galatea Lake
Upper Galatea Lake - lots of ice!
Upper Galatea Lake – lots of ice!