Explore the most popular birding trails near Improvement District No. 9 with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

make sure you add on the little extra distance when visiting Lake Agnes. it is worth it.

Nice easy trail with hidden waterfalls.

it take me 6 h to hike it, it is an easy trail with beatifull Views at the bow river. i started at canmore Nordic Center and take the banff trail and conected it with the riverside trail, so finaly i was hiking from canmore to banff

Lots of ice throughout the climb so cleats are strongly recommended however there were a few adventurous souls without any slip sliding their way up .. nice climb and great views .. today was very cloudy so when I got to Little Beehive, there wasn’t much to see .. recommend to take the route back down and round Lake Agnes and back to the original trail .. heard a few avalanches though they were not on this route.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike!

Great view. Similar awesomeness (is that a word?) to the big beehive. However note (as of the 21st of October) parts of the trail are now solid ice. Please bring cleats! I saw so many people slipping all over the place because they did not have proper equipment.

I would definitely do this again, but there’s a rushing waterfall you have to pass so I’d go next time even earlier in the morning (~8am) to avoid jumping across wet rocks. Also bring gaters depending on the weather! Helen lake is pretty, but make the extra trek up to Cirque peak and have lunch up there if you can. Although it’s usually snowy up there.

backpacking
1 month ago

I would recommend crampons and poles, be mindful of avalanches this time of the year as well. Expect to be breaking trail if you do the whole loop. View from Skoki Mountain is definitely worth the effort.

Recommend cleats, ice buildup in spots

A hidden gem! We had gone in end-Aug with 2 yr olds and it was by no means a toddler friendly hike although our little legged ones managed to haul themselves up the path and to the narrow ledge beside the fall. The hike itself is pretty amazing and the reward of viewing the falls was worth it! If you do decide to take kids under 5 yrs, keep a darn close eye on them and keep them next to you.

10-12-18
Great hike with awesome views at the top we hiked to lake Agnes then hiked up to little beehive the views from there were incredible. There was a front coming through today and it snowed most of the hike the wind at the top was very strong, we also saw an avalanche across the mountain from us. I highly recommend crampons this hike had ice the entire way up and is very slick we saw lots of people unprepared and having a lot of trouble getting up and down.

Awesome hike. A nice gradual incline with incredible views once you get through the forest. Did it in early October and it was quite snowy where snowshoes were needed for the last quarter of the hike.

One of my favourite hikes so far in the Rockies, absolutely breathtaking views. Just when you think it can’t get better, BAM! Craziness. Pretty steady incline the whole way up. Definitely have crampons! Saw so many people fall down and get hurt.

We did this hike a couple of days ago and the views from the top were beautiful! It was a very steady uphill climb the whole way and challenging for us as we’re pretty unfit but worth it for the views. Definitely don’t think we could have handled big beehive though.

It had snowed the days prior so we rented grippers for $10 from the sports shop in town and brought our hiking sticks. I highly recommend doing this in snowy / icy conditions as it helped us tremendously! We saw many people slip on the way up / down. We couldn’t actually find the rock that everyone gets their photos on as there was too much snow but the views of the lake were still beautiful and the trail was nice and quiet from Lake Agnes because of the snow which was great!

Amazing views. Short Moderate hike up a steep slope, narrow path

Beautiful view from the Top.. parking is nightmare.. go early around 7AM for parking sport at lake Louise.

hiking
2 months ago

Steep but short trail to a lovely waterfall. Not busy.

2 months ago

I was with Shahram and confirm it can be done in one day though little bit difficult. One of the best hikes I've ever done and will do in the future.
Lots of water on the trail can be used if having either filter or pills.
There are few campsites for those who want to enjoy more.
On the way back I recommend to follow the route Shahram recorded as the meadow was beautiful and quite. My phone crashed so I could not complete my recordings.

hiking
3 months ago

Date : 8th of September
Time: 8.30am at the Moraine gate, gate opens 8.45am.
Group of 5 amateur hikers

At this time of the year I would recommend using poles, helmet and cleats. We did it without any of those and it was rather risky. My boyfriend and his team did it earlier without any equipment around July and it was much easier.

Bring dry socks and good company!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful falls. Trail not crowded. Very pleasant. Highly recommended.

3 months ago

Hiked to dolomite pass above Helen Lake.

Nice hike. 2 mile uphill to start, then easy fast long terrain to Lake Helen. Easy up to the pass and Cirque Peak above. Went up a little way but didn’t attempt to summit because of snow and the fact we really didn’t know the route

Did a 3 day , 2 night hike last week , was awesome ! Had some cold temps and bit windy but anything can be expected out there . Camped first night at hidden lake camp and then Merlin meadows the next . Great scenery and way too many postcard pics to be taken out there . Absolutely beautiful part of the world

hiking
3 months ago

Easy to follow trail, not too steep. Great wildflowers and lots of marmots. Can be a lot if people on the trail. First half of the hike is in the forest (with a number of good view points across the valley), second half of the trail is wide open.

backpacking
3 months ago

Very good.

I did it on august 30th. I only had shoes, which was a really bad idea. There was snow over my knees and my big toe nail became blue after the hike because it was too cold. But with gloves and good boots it is a really good hike. I love how different was the environment all the way up.

The view from the top is amazing. You can see all the moutains and the Lake Louise. Worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

This hike is a beast and so worth it on the top. The distance is definitely closer to 11 mi/19 km. The elevation at the top poses some altitude sickness threat depending on where you are coming from when traveling. There are so many opportunities to fall, especially on weak legs. Poles are a MUST. Boots/shoes you are comfortable in as it will beat your feet on the way down. We didn’t wear helmets but we weren’t below many hikers that could kick down rocks. If you don’t know who is above you you’ll want helmets. DON’T WALK ON THE CORNICES UP TOP. We saw one fall. Bare minimum three liters of water. I had two and was suffering until some friends bailed me out. Bring electrolytes and salty snacks with nutritional benefits.

hiking
3 months ago

Really beautiful hike even with the smoke! This trail is moderately trafficked enough to have some trail to yourself but not too sparse that you'd have to worry about wildlife. We brought out two small dogs (15lbs each) and they had a blast. The hike up to Helen lake it picturesque (especially when it opens up into the "sound of music" fields) and the small ascent to dolomite ridge opens into an old ice field that is absolutely stunning. From here you can summit to Cirque peak but due to the smokiness it wasn't worth it for us and most of the other hikers on the trail. Overall it was a great half a day and would do it again. 2h up, 1h 45min down.
PS: if you hear a small child screaming, it's most likely a marmot, but double check.

very nice hike, before arriving to the waterfall to go to lake agnes you have the option to turn left to directly go to little behive it is really worth it to take that path and lots less busy to I was all by my self!

Easy, comfortable path with a number of splendid views, not least of the three lakes (Louise, Mirror, Agnes)..

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