Explore the most popular forest 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.

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.

This was easily one of my favorite hikes ever, but be mindful that this route stops before you actually get to the final tea house and viewpoint. Expect an extra couple of miles (we made it to the second tea house, and my data had me at 13.2 miles all said and done once back). In my opinion, the toughest part of the trail is getting to Lake Agnes. Even though there’s a steep slope to get up the Big Beehive, it’s fairly easy because of the switchbacks, and very short. Also, Little Beehive has the best view of Lake Louise and the surrounding ranges (also my opinion), so don’t skip out on that.

Coming down the back of Big Beehive is extremely easy, and there isn’t much for difficulty the rest of the way to the Plain of the Six Glaciers. I didn’t make it to the final viewpoint, but you’re still rewarded with amazing views for much of the way. We went in early June and there was significant snow in several spots, both at Agnes/Beehives, and near the end of the leg in. Coming back out was a cinch, but make sure you have bear spray because we saw a mom with cubs across Louise as we were returning. Altogether, phenomenal hike with tons to see!

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

Completed July 2017, counter-clockwise. Amazing hike all around, Jonas Shoulder rewards with some pretty incredible views.

Beautiful up there with all the larches changing colour. Well worth carrying on past Taylor Lake!! Next time I will overnight at Taylor and explore the area (o’brien, boom and the ridge more)

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

Take bug spray! Mosquitoes were terrible!!!

Take bug spray! Mosquitoes were terrible!!!

hiking
18 days ago

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

There is Little Beehive and Big Beehive; we loved the views from Little Beehive better. Agnes Lake is impressive as you climb up the trail to 6 Glaciers; the blue color is seen then. There is a Tea House at Lake Agnes and also by the Glacier. The Tea House by the Glacier was very cozy while we waited out a rainstorm. On the way back, we were lucky enough to see an avalanche in the distance on the glacier. Nice hike.

1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

One of the most scenic hikes to date. Everything from a lush forest to pristine lakes, glaciers and numerous giant waterfalls, The bridge is out so do not follow the old route. Cross over the 4-5 rivers at the inlet of Peyto Lake and stay along the right hand side. We went in early Sept and the biggest set of rivers was just over 20 ft wide, and the deepest it was was just past my knees. Be prepared for extreme frigid water though, as it is pure glacier melt. Your feet and legs will sting. Once you reach the end of the inlet you will see a path that will take you along the river bed to the original location that will take you up the ridge. Basically just follow my route. The path above the waterfalls is short and fun but walk with extreme caution. One slip and you're a fatality. Caldron lake is absolutely incredible and it will be in your sights all the way to the peak, as will all the numerous glaciers and waterfalls.
The hike and scramble took us a total of 9.5 hours, but that also included 30 minutes on top and 30 minutes for lunch.

hiking
1 month ago

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

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

Great hike, you’ll meet people from all over he works hiking these trails. We took our dog but wouldn’t of that again as it does get very busy. Great views, great rest stops, bring cash for the tea houses they don’t disappoint!

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
1 month 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.

on Bow Hut Route

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent overnight hike to the Alpine of Canada’s Bow Hut (or a day hike if you’re fast). Become an ACC member and save $10/night on accommodation. Loved the varied terrain, always changing scenery, and views of mountains, glacier, river, and valleys. Heaviest traffic is the first third of the trail. Trail is a little hard to follow in the rocky section about two-thirds of the way along - watch for little rock cairns, cross multiple little creeks. Can walk up to the glacier behind the hut. Overall a moderately difficult hike with high reward.

The start is very casual and actually quite flat with a very gradual ascend into a beautiful valley. Mostly hiking through a forest, by a creek and through a campground at the 5k mark. At the 8 -10 k mark you start to get above the tree line and the views are incredible. Once you climb over the saddle at the top of the pass this is a definite wow moment. We didn’t descend completely into fish lake as there was no reason to, but had lunch above the ridge overlooking fish lake. I would rate this as moderate only due to the length. One gorgeous hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

Very good.

The big beehive was probably the best view we had in all of Canada. When you stack that up with a trip to the tea house, this hike made our trip.

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

Awesome hike! The hike from the parking lot to the meadows is quite steep, but once you reach the meadows i'ts a pretty easy hike, with superior views. Don't forget to cross the stream halfway, there are three stone arrow markers on the trail, but I still missed them. Once you get to the overlook it will look like you're almost there. From there it's still quite a hike trough the forest to get to the lake.

I camped at the lake for one night, but should really have stayed for two nights. There is a narrow trail that you can take around the lake, which will get you to a spring and a cave. Be sure to go for a swim too!

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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