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Great little hike...slippery at the top with hard packed snow...beautiful scenery...recommend taking more difficult way up and road down... would go again.

Great for the whole family, a lovely sightseeing opportunity without too much work. A bit busy though, and pushy tourists to avert, but a great time nevertheless!

Beautiful hike! Mirror Lake is very small and frozen now but a nice picture spot. Another half mile takes you to Lake Agnes which is also frozen but pretty. Tea house is closed but you can get a sense for its quaintness. Some steep parts of the hike and it’s snowy so you will want spikes.

So convenient from Canmore, but a respectable hike. Great views without all that much effort. The "more difficult" trail could be pretty dicey if there's ice.

Great first hike heading into Banff. Beautiful views and waterfall was amazing too.

We did this hike last Sunday (October 7). It was very easy (as it's just walking, no scrambling or anything like that), but you NEED ice cleats - otherwise it's very slippery and can be dangerous. We saw some people without ice cleats who were going down literally on their butts.
Due to ice and snow, it was not crowded (we went at around 1pm).

This is a very easy trail that is paved most of the way with handrails! The waterfalls are beautiful - however this is such a well know place make sure to get up super early to beat lots of crowds or try going during the week.

Easy hike but we had spikes and we were happy we did as many people were slipping on the way down. Second lake is closed but it’s still worth seeing the first. A good hike to start with!

This hike is very steep. It goes straight up until you get to the tea house. We went in August and it was a brisk day. We started about mid day. It started to get chilly and rain as we were going up so make sure you bring clothing if the weather changes. Lakes were beautiful. Its not a long hike but it challenged me due to he straight incline. Once we got to the tea house it was packed with people there was no where to sit or even stand for that matter. We got tea because why not!Everyone was crowed in the tea house because it was cold and raining. Once we were there the views were not spectacular because we were basically in a rain cloud. But still recommend it and recommend doing it early to avoid crowds. An experience you should have when at lake Louise.

Recommend the “more difficult” trail, if you like to see a wonderful village view and a surprisingly pleasant fall which is surrounded by snow. The “More difficult” option is not difficult at all, but you may want to use something like crampons for the snow season just to prevent slips.

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer.

The trail is ranked as moderate and that's an accurate rating. I'm 62 and in good health didn't have any trouble complementing the hike. The highlights of this hike are the lower and upper falls and the meadows at the end of the trail. ( If you are exhausted from just hiking the lower falls then you should consider turning back. The trail gets steeper from there)

You'll need a tripod and perhaps a ND filter to capture both the lower and upper falls with the "flowing" water effect. You'll also need lots of patience as this is a very popular hike and there is very little room to setup a tripod without someone bumping into you. But if is worth the effort.

If you have made it to the Upper Falls and you still have lots of energy, then you should proceed to the "Ink Pots" . Personally I find the ink pots nit to be very photogenic but the valley/meadows they sit in is one of the prettiest I've ever seen. You have a large meadow surrounded by snow capped mountains with a glacially fed stream running through the middle. I spent two hours just wondering around shooting various compositions, having a great time.

One caution: These are the Canadian Rockies. You need to be prepared for cold weather even in the summer

Highly recommended.

hiking
17 days ago

Great family hike. Very well maintained. Tea house food was awesome. Recommend that you go early. Less crowds.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful trail even in snow that fell today (and still is falling). We had Yaktrax and poles which made the climbing manageable. Those without poles were sliding and falling. Parking seems to always be a challenge however arriving at 11:30 we found a spot. The walk down was a kick with our gear. 2 house from the parking lot to the tea house floor; 40 minutes down.

hiking
17 days ago

A physically challenging but truly rewarding hike. I did this hike in early October on a snowy day. Visibility wasn’t great, but the glimpses I could see of my surroundings was incredible. The hike up to the Plain of Six Glaciers teahouse wasn’t too steep, but there were sections toward the top that were really slushy and wet. You are essentially walking through a stream at times. Make sure you gave proper footwear. On the way to the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse, you will pass signs indicating a trail to Lake Agnes so you will need to backtrack a bit to take the Highline trail. At the next trail sign, you will see what direction to take to reach Big Beehive, Mirror Lake, and Lake Agnes. Lake Agnes is listed twice because you can reach it going a shorter route or take the longer route which will take you up a stretch of pretty steep inclines. At the top of the steep inclines, you can take a right to go to the Big Beehive viewpoint and then backtrack a bit to head off downhill to see Lake Agnes. I recommend going to the Big Beehive viewpoint if you have the time. Otherwise head down the series of switchbacks that will take you down to Lake Agnes. Beautiful views but the trail can be steep and was definitely slippery and snow covered when I went. You will curve along the backside of the lake and around it before you reach the St Agnes Teahouse. Then take the Lake Agnes trail down. You will pass by Mirror Lake, and as you head down, you can catch a few glimpses of Lake Louise. There are really only 2 or 3 places where you are able to get a good view of the end of the lake. The water always seems bluer the higher up you are. This is a long and worthwhile hike. Remember to pack accordingly - lots of water, layers, snacks or cash for the teahouses which are open typically from June to early October (check online ahead of time).

Too bad the actual lakes were closed but easy hike with great view of the valley! Agree to do the difficult trail up! There's lots of running water streams so be careful.

hiking
18 days ago

Most people only see the upper falls which are a very short walk from the parking area. The lower falls are also very beautiful and worth a visit. The trail to the lower Sunwapta Falls is not particularly scenic until you approach the end as it does not provide views of the river. It can be a bit steep in certain places as well.

hiking
18 days ago

Super trail and Lake Agnes was beautiful! The hike was steep and had lots of rocks at the end but well worth it. We arrived at Lake Louise at around peek time, they said parking was full but we still took our chances and found a spot right away. Super lucky! We started at 415pm and and got down by around 6pm. Easier with walking poles for sure.

Easy hike with spectacular views. The path along Johnston canyon was crowded but views are worth it. Strongly recommend continuing on to the ink pots as they are a wonderful natural phenomenon.

Great hike, a bit slippery when wet (lots of rock stairs toward the end of the "difficult" side of the trail). The difficult side is not really too difficult unless you are carrying toddlers in your arms....
The actual lakes are currently fenced off and closed, so don't expect to be able to walk around them. But you do get great views of the valley and the waterfall from the top.

19 days ago

Good hike, but traffic is horrible, no parking space after 9AM, bad management by Park Canada, hogs 17 parking spots for issue park pass.. they should be on down the road better place for issues parking passes. Parking is total nightmare for local hikers and nature lover. After my awesome hike which I started at 7:30AM and finished at 11AM, at Tea house tea was A..Mazzz..ing..!!. All I saw at lake was selfie sticks and selfie people. I noticed garbage on trails.. people have no respect for nature.

Johnston Canyon is always incredible to see. This time I ventured past the upper falls to see the Ink Pots. The trail is in a forested area so there’s not too much to see until you are almost at the Ink Pots. You will know you are almost there when you emerge from the forested area. You will be rewarded with an incredible view of an open valley with a river and mountains in the distance. The Ink Pots are lovely, and I think they would have been truly incredible had it been a bright sunny day. It was cloudy and rained for a good portion of my hike in late September. There are a lot of uphill and downhill portions on this hike so it can be challenging. Definitely worth the effort in my opinion. There are benches at the Ink Pots where you can sit and enjoy the view with a snack or lunch.

hiking
21 days ago

The Lake Agnes hike is moderate, but the incline does get intense at moments. It is worth it though. You pass Mirror Lake along the way, which is a great place to pause, relax, drink some water, and take some photos before you carry on the way. Lake Agnes is a gorgeous lake that feels remote even though you have other hikes nearby.

We went a little after lunch hour,the hike up to the lower and upper falls was a little busy but once you start heading towards the ink pots there was less traffic.The 5.7km hike was worth it after seeing the view.

Great hike, but we found ourselves quite tired and didn’t make it to the ink pots...probably better to acclimate to the higher altitude before a hike. That said, the hike was more like a stroll, but with wonderful views. The most novice of hikers will enjoy this hike.

hiking
23 days ago

the ink pots were really cool, well worth the hike

hiking
23 days ago

Gradual hike. Could be tricky in rain or snow as there are some steep portions. Hiking poles recommended just to help you with your footing. We arrived at the Tea House and enjoyed some chi tea and a peanut butter bar (a sweet chewy piece of heaven).

walking
24 days ago

Beautiful view, and the falls are incredible every time I see them.

Excellent hike. A little more strenuous than we had anticipated. Not overly difficult, but be prepared for traversing a bit of water. It does get crowded. Definitely take the "harder" route; otherwise, it would be really boring.

As others have said take the harder route up and the gravel road down. It’s much more scenic; the gravel road does not offer much at all in terms of views and is rather boring. Overall really enjoyed this hike and will definitely do it again!

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