Galatea Lake and Guinn’s Pass: Majestic Serenity

Galatea Creek and Guinn’s Pass Trail in Kananaskis Country provides expansive views and easy access to beautiful, crystal clear Lower Galatea Lake. This well-graded hike is 16 kms (10 miles) with 870 meters (2855 feet) elevation gain. We took our time and lingered, capturing some of our favorite photos of the summer.

Stunning Lower Galatea Lake. 

Hayley relaxing at the shore of Lower Galatea Lake.

En route to Guinn’s Pass, this trail was rerouted in recent years and now has far more spectacular views. 

Guinn’s Pass Trail begins at Lower Galatea Lake, making it possible to see both in a long day. 

The views of the distant mountains from points like these are wonderful.  

Hayley and I enjoying our well-earned lunch from the top of Guinn’s Pass. 

Looking out upon the mountains on the other side of Guinn’s Pass. To my left is the valley leading to Buller Pass and North Buller Pass.

Hayley captured this interesting photo of Mountain Avens (Dryas octopetala) flowers.

Hiking up the shoulder of Mount Kidd from Guinn’s Pass gives you this bird’s-eye view of Ribbon Lake and Mount Bogart. 

We were still early enough in the season to encounter lingering snow on this stable shale slope.

Taking a break in front of Ribbon Lake and Mount Bogart before we headed back.

Heading back to Lower Galatea Lake from Guinn’s Pass, we had the perfect light for capturing this lush green slope and the blue-grey mountains in the distance. A perfect ending to one of our favorite hikes!

For additional information about this hike, contact the Peter Lougheed Park Discovery & Information Centre.

Photo Credit: Hayley Mead and Jolene Rempel

This post is part of the Kananaskis Country (North) series.

About Jolene

I’m an avid gardener whose mission is to bring more beauty into the world. I believe that with the right information anyone can create their own beautiful, small garden paradise. 

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