Explore the most popular trail running 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.

A bit of an incline but this short beautiful hike has the most gorgeous view of the Chateau Lake Louise that you’ll see. Was snowy today so we were glad we had spikes.

Ohh Devils Thumb, what can I say. The most challenging thing physically and mentally I’ve ever done! Also the most rewarding! My husband and I set out on this adventure for our 4th year wedding anniversary. We were definitely a little naive, this hike is no stroll in the park. Watch your footing and keep to the right. Unbelievable view from the top! This was the first mountain we’ve ever climbed. From start to finish approx 9 hours (with lots of breaks) and we have no experience. Definitely the highlight of our trip!

Beautiful trail. Easy to navigate

Did this hike on Sept 29, 2018. Absolutely beautiful and relatively easy if you watch your step after the tea house, it gets a bit icy. We had to turn around after seeing an avalanche. Keep an eye out for trail reports if doing this in October.

Hiked to the tea house in snow pack. Poles + Yaktrax on hiking boots made it manageable. Tea house closed however it was beautiful to sit and enjoy our home made hot tea from our thermos. Icicles (some falling) on the upper path; witnessed an avalanche on the lower Victoria glacier, Another group saw a bear w/ 2 cubs.

hiking
16 days ago

A relatively easy and short hike through a wooded area on the left side of Lake Louise. It will take you up to a viewpoint where you can see the Fairmont Lake Louise and the lake from up high. You will only see the lake once you reach the top. It does have steeper sections and was a bit slippery on a snowy day in early October.

Wonderful moderate hike. Some snow and ice currently at the top section before the teahouse. Can do without crampons or spikes but they do help with footing if you have them. definitely recommend the short jaunt to the lookout. Fairly busy. Was not crowded but saw lots of traffic.

Did this on September 15th, was almost 10 cms of snow so couldn’t finish it unfortunately! But was breathtaking, also did the big beehive! Will definitely go back on a summers day!

Did part of this trail today. The switch back up the slope past Lake Agnes was icy. We did not bring spikes so we back tracked and hiked to the end of the box canyon. Very nice hike. Fairly easy.

Hiked today up to the Teahouse and out to the Overlook which is worth the extra effort. The morning started out with cloud coverage obstructing some of the views, but around noon we were able to see the peaks. I would suggest good shoes because the terrain can be a little rocky(this may seem obvious to some but many were wearing terrible shoes). There are a few steep inclines, but you can go slower if you need. I would say you need to be somewhat physically fit/capable to do this hike but you do not need to be an expert hiker to complete it.

hiking
19 days ago

Steep, snowy slushy trail late Sept 2018. The lookout at top was heavily fogged in at time. We decided to ignore the signs that warned of hiking not recommended and continued on after seeing it was at one time a loop trail. We had waterproof good tread boots and poles and were able to navigate it carefully down the steep slope to the shoreline of Lake Louise. So happy we risked it as we were the only ones on the trail. However, we took our time, remained diligent, aware and used hiking poles. By time we got back to the shoreline the fog had started to lift!

easy trail but the view was stunning

This trail starts off easy but definitely becomes more difficult as the elevation increases. It’s a steady climb up to the tea house. Make sure to go past the tea house to the look out, it’s worth the extra effort! We stopped at the tea house after hiking to the lookout and had a bite to eat. Expensive but you are eating halfway up a mountain. I recommend trekking poles and possibly crampons as it was slippery after the recent snowfall.

loved this hike with the hubby great day out in the mountains we'll be back!

epic scenery great views loved all the water and leaves changing a bit of snow but managable

easy walk with stunning views of the lake great trip to the mountains on pur anniversary trip

This hike is worth all the tourists at Lake Louise! Once you get passed all the people and make your way to the actual trail it’s a beautiful hike. My friend, my dog and I walked to the end of Lake Louise and headed up to Big Beehive that way, finishing the hike with Lake Agnes on the way back down. It was nice because we hiked the opposite direction of everyone else. Amazing views from the top of Devil’s Thumb. There are no signs or mention of Devil’s Thumb around. So many people just finish their hike with Big Beehive. The last trek up to the Thumb is quiet and a bit of a hidden gem. Highly recommended!

I went September 15th and there was already snow and would recommend wearing boots and if going to the view point then bring cramp ons.Was totally worth it to go the extra to the view point

Fun hike, although I wouldn't say it was a favorite, except for the extra part after the teahouse, which was really fun! I tend to enjoy hikes that are a little more difficult though, so if you're looking for something pretty steady and with great views, this is definitely a must! We started with the first bus at 7am and it was cold and rainy. On the way up, the sky cleared a bit and we had good views of the glaciers at the top. Coming back down, it started raining and we were frozen by the end. Worth it!

walking
1 month ago

Easy walk, minimal to no elevation, no equipment required.

1 month ago

Hiked on 9/15 to the overlook. About 6-8 inches of snow from the prior storms. Sun came out for a little while at the top and it was a winter wonderland! Snow on trails was packed and easily passable. However, the trail could become icy overnight if temperatures stay low, and then would be treacherous. Overall, it’s a fantastic hike!

A great hike with wonderful views every part of the way, def a moderate hike; hard to some that don't hike often! I did the loop starting by going up to the tea house at Lake Agnes and continuing around Big Beehive and connecting to the 6 Glacier trail. The trail is moderate and should be attempted by folks in decent shape as it is a longer hike (lots of visitors not knowing the scale of this hike and I found lots of ill-equipped people on the trail, such as no water, wearing jeans, no day-packs). Plan on spending 4-5 hours on the trail if doing the loop, more if you plan to have tea at both houses. Side note, horses use the trails so beware of poop ;) If you like, you can continue for another 30-40 mins on from the 6 glaciers tea house to a closer view of the glaciers. This trail is narrow and steep in sections but wonderful, you get to hear the glaciers/snow cracking! Also, 90% of the hike is exposed to the sun and you will get hot.

Excellent hike with excellent company. The little tea house at the top is quiet rewarding. I saw my first avalanche standing at the overlook past the tea house. The hike is long, but is quite nice.

The extra hike past the tea house is difficult, but one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen! It took me an extra hour including the time I spent at the end seated, listening to the glaciers crack! Definitely worth the extra sweat!!

The views are gorgeous. We saw some goats on the trail as well.

Moraine Lake parking lot was full by 6am so this was our backup hike. We started by 8am and avoided most of the tourists. The views of the lakes are outstanding! The reward/difficulty ratio is very high for this one. Only downside is how busy it can be; the trail was a gong show on the way down. Get there early and you will not be disappointed!

Amazing hike!! Well worth the effort and steep climb near the finish

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice but steep hike up to a fantastic view. Much less crowded than the shore of Lake Louise.

I hiked a loop including the summit of Mount St Piran, and took the southwest route down. I can’t say I would recommend it, as it’s not well defined, steep. It pretty much heads straight down on a combination of boulders, smaller rocks and mostly loose dirt. It was a bit of an adventure. The upside, it’s not crowded:).

This trail was wonderful (though a bit muddy in spots) - scenic all the way through, and led to an adorable Teahouse where we had a small lunch. Bring cash - they accept USD but there’s a small surcharge.

The hike is manageable in a few hours and the incline isn’t too bad. Go early to avoid the crowds.

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