Explore the most popular birding trails near Lake Louise with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Busy but beautiful once at the top.

Great hike and not too bad if you are in shape. Did this and both bee hives plus the plain of six glaciers all at once. Roughly 11 miles and definitely doable in 1 day

Worth the effort. Incredible views, esp of the valley behind the lake.

First half of the hike to Lake Agnes was heavily trafficked, although the view from the lake is incredible. The second half, toward the Big Beehive, is more strenuous than the first, but well worth it. Not as many people, and views of Lake Louis on one side, and Lake Agnes on the other. Incredible, incredible hike.

Did this hike with my wife (53) and son (19). 360 degree views. Trail is easy to follow. Very rewarding for us. We were the only ones on the trail. I would say this is a moderate hike if you are in good shape, hard but doable otherwise just take your time. Not technical. Say hi to our buddy Bow (picture) if you are up there.

hiking
4 days ago

This was a great little hike during the winter. Solid view of Lake Louise. I would recommend this as a short winter hike.

on Lake Agnes Trail

hiking
4 days ago

Such a great hike! At an incline pretty much the entire hike, but well worth it at the top and at various points to see Lake Louise and Mirror Lake. We were planning on getting here pretty early, but ended up running late. As expected there were tons of people on the trail and at the tea house. I also did not realize the tea house is sit down with table service, which made waiting for a table much longer. Still worth the views. I made it to the top in about 40 minutes.

Love light and respect

Lots of people, trail is very dry, the switchbacks were overall manageable until I reached a couple of very narrow points on the path.

on Lake Agnes Trail

5 days ago

Beautiful view along the way to it. From lake Louise and lake mirror and further up to Agnes. Three steps to explore further and further. Amazing!

Stunning hike - not to steep, and the ground is very easy to walk on! If you want more of a challenge, continue on to the Big Bee Hive!

10/10 views. Lots of steps. Sooo many people at the top, but you will get why, as the view is magnificent. scramble down some rocks to get picks without 100 million people in them. the color of the lake is un like anything. Watch out for thieving chipmunks.

6 days ago

Not a long hike, but fairly steep. It's worth going up to the Little Beehive or Big Beehive from Lake Agnes. Less chance of running into a bear with all the people on the trail :)
Parking at Lake Louise however, is a whole other story! Went on a Thursday, got there at 10am and still had to go back to the shuttles and wait 45 min to get on one.... The entire day we had to be mindful of the time so we don't miss the shuttle back... Very dissapointing that they can't build more parking.

Awesome hike, very worth the views.

hiking
7 days ago

super easy trail, a little boring but great for my 50 year old parents. even paving and great views

hiking
8 days ago

Did this in winter and it was really beautiful!! Snow everywhere, frozen waterfall at the other end of the lake that you can actually go stand on if you're a bit adventurous. We took a day off from skiing to do this and it was a great day!

Trail is dry and in good condition. Very nice view at top. It took us 5.5 hours to finish it. Just watch your steps close to mountain top, nothing difficult for the rest of the hike.

Great Hike. And tremendous views. Highly recommend.

Incredible hike, it has everything from peak-a-boo views of Moraine Lake through the forest, beautiful 360 views of 10-peaks range in Larch Valley and breathtaking mountain views at the top, snow melt lakes and streams - it has it all. The switchbacks up to Larch Valley are a killer but keep going past the tree line and the views are well worth it - even if you don’t make it up to the top of the pass the meadow is incredible . The final switchbacks up to Sentinel Pass weren’t too bad although it is quite steep along the side and may prove a good challenge if heights make you nervous. Trail was very well maintained though and as long as you have good hiking shoes and take your time you will have no problems. Favorite hike in Banff thus far and spending a day near Moraine Lake is a must do!

A very busy but short easy hike up stone stairs to the top. In order to get pictures with no one in them you will have to climb over the stone wall and down a few of the rocks. Once you pick a good spot you won’t have any worries about getting people or trees in your picture / view.

walking
10 days ago

The trail was easy. But the best part was the mesmerizing views - the lake water with the mountains in the backdrop.

I went on June 14th at around noon. Bit of overcast and sprinkling rain, but the water was still unbelievably blue. Went on this short hike with my 5 month old, 11, 7 and 5 year olds. Not very busy till after 2pm.

Terrific hike. We got there at 7am to beat the crowds, and only passed and handful of folks on the trail. Mostly all an ascending trail via long switchbacks, with great views of Lake Louise through the tree line. Gets your heart beating, and makes you look forward to breakfast at the tea house. Only downside was the biting bugs, but hey, it’s summer in the Canadian woods.

very easy and so beautiful!!!!! I'll go there often for short walk. Nice trail to do in rainy day.

Once you get out of the crowds of lake Louise the ascend is breathtaking. After the tea house, the crowds begin to shrink and the hike/views can fully be enjoyed.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike to a beautiful overlook. Yes, a little buggy. If adventurous, continue past the overlook on the old “not maintained” trail. It will follow switchbacks down the lake level, then back to the start. It is beautiful and very few folks with do it. We hiked next to the incredible Lake Louise with no others!

Beautiful place

Stunner and a burner. Well worth it - amazing views!

Rewarding hike. Absolutely beautiful vistas.

on Lake Agnes Trail

14 days ago

Amazing views !! the weather was changing constantly, rainy, sunny, overcast, that made the hike even more wonderful. Must do!

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