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20 hours ago

Beautiful Hike! It is a relatively short hike however it is quite the incline the majority of the way and if you are used to living at sea level you might find breathing a little more difficult! All in all a great experience.

Easy hike, lovely views in the canyon - get here early as the trail gets busy!

Took the fam here last year, was awesome, busy but awesome.

I climbed the rocks but there is a path behind it as well. Beyond belief beautiful.

We did it in mid october and the trail through the frozen lakes (mirror, agnes) was wonderful. very quiet at this period (just saw 5 people during the hike) si even better. breathtaking view of lake Louise.

The hike isn't that long and is very easy and the views are absolutely breathtaking!! Definitely the most beautiful and crystal clear lake close to Banff!! My oldest son even drank water from the lake.

walking
14 days ago

Great for date night ❤️ nice and easy.

Nov 3, 2018
Johnston Canyon was awesome—is great if you love water. The river through the canyon was beautiful. Easy hike on paved trail. The trail to ink pots was a bit more difficult, but not too intense. We rented crampons and made heavy use of them (lots of steep icy inclines). The ink pots are nestled in a valley next to the upper river. While not as bright blue as we expected due to the cloud cover, they were still amazing. The surrounding mountain views are awesome too—we sat for a while and had a snack before making the trek back.

hiking
15 days ago

Nov 2, 2018
Great hike, short (relatively) but uphill all the way. There had been some fresh snow when we were there, so it wasn’t too slick, but I imagine you would want crampons on a typical winter day, especially if you’re making the push past Mirror Lake to the tea house. Lake Agnes was covered and it was super windy up there, so we didn’t stay long before heading back down. Awesome views of the beehives, the valley, and Lake Louise from spots on the trail!

hiking
16 days ago

Steady incline to the tea house (closed). Lots of packed down snow so made it slippery in spots due to the incline. Some beautiful scenery along the way looking down on Lake Louise from the trail.

hiking
16 days ago

Lots of snow up there yesterday. Micro-spikes/crampons were absolutely needed. Few people on the trail because of the snow.
Snow makes this more difficult to get up to the top. Both Mirror Lake and Lake Angus covered with snow.
I would like to do this again in the spring/summer.

Lake Agnes views are SPECTACULAR. Easy and heavily trafficked gravel trail with some wooden stairs. Bring cash for the tea house.

After seeing Johnston Canyon, you can continue the uphill and slightly monotonous trail to the Ink Pots. The Ink pots are pretty cool and there’s a steam near them, but I would spend time hiking elsewhere if I had it to do over again.

This this one about 3 weeks ago. Loved Johnston Canyon! Was a tiny bit disappointed with the Ink Pots, but still a very beautiful place.

Just wow...must-see waterfalls. The trail was good, easy peasy up to the upper water falls...from there to the summit, cardio-strength exercise...btw, it was a bit icy, but I made it with running shoes...from the summit to the ink pots, cleats must be worn, sharp slopes covered with ice. In total, I loved it :) take a look at photos I took

Good hike! The first part until lake Agnes is a pretty popular trail, bigger and more people but once you reach lake Agnes/Tea House and start your way up to BigBeehive you will see less people and the trail becomes smaller (which I like!) The switchbacks are pretty steep on lake Agnes side, but take your time and you'll make it! Needed cleats 2 weeks ago. Nice view of Lake Louise and Little Beehive. Nice little open cabin with benches to take a break before heading down (or up for Devil's Thumb!)

We hiked this trail in the opposite direction and went out and back from the lookout. The trail was recently covered in a few inches of snow, which gave us traction over some of the ice underneath. Fun hike with little to no hikers on it. Great snowy view of the surrounding mountains without the difficulty of a usual winter hike!

Hiked 10.27.18
Initially we set out to only do Little Beehive as recommended by The Visitor Center. The Visitor Center specifically said that due to the high Avalanche risk Big Beehive was not recommended. After summiting Little Beehive and Lake Agnes we decided to ignore the recommendation and do Big Beehive anyway. The trail definitely requires spikes and poles there may be some Avalanche danger but minimal in my opinion. The hike up was challenging through the switchbacks but absolutely worth the effort.

Awesome hike. One of the best views of Lake Louise you can get.
Completed on the 21st of October. Despite the trail report (avalanche warning) there was no risk.

Seriously one of the best trails I’ve ever done. I’ve traveled all over. Highly trafficked when I went in July. Which was fine because I was worried about wildlife. Too many people I didn’t see a thing. Scenery is unreal. Especially once you get to the very top of big beehive. WOW.

Beautiful hike...went today...it was crowded...the trail took me around an hour and a half to complete (one way)...the tea house was closed...do not go without you ice cleats..many people came in unprepared and were slipping all the time....i used my trekking poles which were very helpful specially with the descent..mirror lake and lake Agnes were frozen...the view from the top is spectacular...the difficulty of the trail is medium...prepare for weather change...take rests every once in a while...

This is a great trail to get some fantastic views of the waterfalls Johnston Canyon has to offer. The trail is improved/paved until you reach the upper falls and then it is a well marked dirt trail that is easy to follow. After the upper falls we needed hiking spikes as the trail was rather icy in spots and for the final descent into the valley that holds the ink pots. Overall a moderate hike if you go all the way to the pots. The views at the Ink Pots are worth the hike themselves but the waterfalls are spectacular and really offer some great views along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a pretty and peaceful hike. Great for those with less stamina or if you'd like to fit in a little hike. We were there before 10 AM and did not see one other person. Even though the trail was somewhat ice, it is completely flat, so was easy to traverse.

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.

Favourite lake in Banff!! ❤️

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.

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.

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!

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

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