Galatea, Mount

elevation: 3,187 m. height gain: 1,280 m.
area: Smith Dorrien/Spray Area,AB map 82 J/14

Ref: Alan Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies

At the trailhead.
Scramble: RT 8.5; 4.5 up. We decided to try Galatea before the early season snowfalls grab hold of the taller peaks. We knew there would be a skiff of snow. Yesterday was cold and the rain produced snow on our local mountains. We were hoping the sun would melt most of it by the time we got there. It wasn't sunny, it was actually quite windy... When we reached Chester Lake, we noticed a lot of bear diggings near the lakeshore. After crossing a little footbridge, we found the trail heading towards Galatea. The trek is nice, alongside unusual rock formations and fossilized rocks. The small lakes are lovely; on a nice day I can see wanting to go for a dip! The ascent went well; the snow did not hinder climbing and the clouds lifted revealing the upper mountain. We stayed off the ridge crest, avoiding all difficulties. Once on the ridge before the top, the wind picked up. We hurried to the summit, put on our jacket and hunkered down in the rock shelter. It was reasonably comfortable. The sun poked through the clouds occasionally; to our surprise, we stayed nearly an hour. The descent was pleasant as the weather improved. Overall, another very good day in the mountains!
at chester lake

Bear diggings near Chester Lake.

snow on galatea

Mount Galatea is covered with fresh snow.

getting closer

Nearing the ascent slope.

ascent slope

Hoping the clouds will lift.

near the small waterfall

Several ways up near the small waterfall.

good visibility

Our first look at the upper mountain.

firm footing

The rock slabs offer firm footing.

upper mountain

The summit is the knob on the ridge, left of the three snow patches.

a closer look

We stayed below the ridge and traversed skirting the snow patches.

short narrow ridge

Once on the ridge crest, the summit is in sight.

very windy

Quickly pulling out the windbreaker in the rock shelter.

the tower

A nice view of The Tower to the North.


Looking down the valley towards Chester Lake.

north-east view

North-eastern view.

leaving the top

Heading back down after a surprisingly long break on the summit.



last look

Last glimpse of the top. The arrow points towards the scree slope leading to the ridge.

clouds are now scattered

Another look.


Cheering another great day in the mountains.


Lovely rugged terrain down in the valley.

nice rock formations

Mount Chester.
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