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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.

Loved it even though it is fairly well traveled with other hikers. Also recommend using crampons or some such device if the Park's trail conditions reports suggest it. We did not get very far since the trails were complete ice that day but were able to enjoy some by holding onto the railings.

Great hike. Definitely recommend snow cleats during shoulder season. Late September to early October expect many golden larches along the trail. Do not recommend taking the steeper shortcut for casual hikers. Saw ski marks shown parts of the trail.

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.

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.

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.

Favourite lake in Banff!! ❤️

Did the 10km hike from emerald lake through the snow, it was not easy but well worth it .

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).

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.

Nice trail but too many people!

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail. Easy to navigate

If there is one must do hike in the Canadian Rockies .. must be this one for the view .. easy, short, breathtaking view!!

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.

hiking
12 days ago

Even on an overcast day the trail afforded very nice views, especially from the southern bend of Emerald Lake. I extended the hike over Yoho Pass (nothing special) and continued to Yoho Lake (isolated and very pretty) before turning back. Unless you really enjoy a long uphill in increasingly deep snow the work/view tradeoff for heading out to Yoho Lake probably isn't worth the effort at this point in the season.

walking
13 days ago

Hiked today the trail was icy in spots after the early snows. The trail was muddy in other spots, but passable. There are numerous spots to take pictures of the scenery.

easy walk to the top

Easy walk with exceptionally stunning views!

hiking
16 days ago

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

hiking
16 days ago

Super easy walk to a spectacular view. Could see it being really busy on a nice day

hiking
16 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.

Prefect spot to propose, and she said yes

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).

hiking
17 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.

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

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.

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.

18 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.

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