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10 hours ago

Outstanding hike! The climb up was long but by no means overwhelming. When you reach the top the views are phenomenal. As everyone else has said, definitely do the clockwise route. It makes the end of the day much more enjoyable. Be sure to take bug spray for the way down as the woods are beautiful but swarming with mosquitos. Also bring poles if you have them. We met a couple of people who had turned around because they felt uncomfortable continuing without poles. They definitely help winding your way through the scree. All in all a great day!!

hiking
11 hours ago

Best hike I've done in Alberta, by far. As other folks mentionned, you must be prepared to face a good scramble once you're past Sentinel, as lots of loose rocks and steeper sections lay ahead. A climbing helmet and warm clothes are a definitive must, but hell it is worth the spectacular view on top!

A gorgeous ravine with a surreal blue river complete with waterfalls and boardwalks o we the edge of cliffs. One of my favourites in Banff.

A really fun, random hike my boyfriend and I went on in 2016. Starts off at the base of Lake Louis and crosses a wooden boardwalk up into the rocky basin of the mountains.

Take a walk on the wild side! This hike was a heck of a good time.

The first part of the hike has a bit of everything. Vegetation, rocks, dirt, absolute bone chilling silence and even chipmunks! Not to mention possible death-by-mineshafts! It is very Lord of the Rings-esque.

The culmination of the first part brings you to a “rock amphitheatre” where you can look at small rocks, medium rocks and big rocks too (don’t try to lift the big rocks - they are heavy!). Good spot to stop for a shotgun, a sandwich or a picture with a rock.

From there, the last part of the hike takes you up a relatively steep slope. Your glutes will be firing and you may be contemplating what the point of it all is, but then you get to the top. Let me tell you - it’s a heck of a view! I won’t give any spoilers, but suffice to say you can see *two* lakes and bison country. Neat!

The coolest part? The way back down is literally the exact same, but - this time - you walk down the hill and not up! Heelies recommended!

hiking
1 day ago

Easy access, ample parking, well maintained. Trailhead is easy to find and the scenery is stunning. If the uphill leaves you breathless, the views will give you an excuse to linger and catch your breath. The turnaround is a wonderful place to picnic before making your way back to the car, and worth the effort. Get out there!

My favourite hike in this area. Amazing views (Lake, Glacier and of course a lot of beautiful Mountains), not very long and definitely worthwhile. If you have more time it’s a nice round trip to go back via Lake Agnes and the Beehives.

Beautiful trail but negative side is crowded... avoid weekends. I have been hiking for a while first time I noticed people on this trail are rude and don’t move to side for faster pace hikers. Most people on this hike for photos

Trail was awesome the view is amazing and super easy and laid back

This was my first hike. There is no camping on or near this trail. Its a day hike. Took 8 1/2 hours to the summit and back. Bring lots of food ! The last part is pretty tough. Walking on shale rock.

Awesome hike but make sure you get the PB&J sandwich at the tea house. The homemade bread is ridiculous and you’ll need the energy.

We arrived at the trailhead at 8:00 and there wasn’t that many people there yet - maybe 30 cars in the P1 lot. Hardly anyone on the trail at that time and we had the cave area just below the upper falls all to ourselves for about 15 min. By the time we made it to upper falls, the trail was jammed. Like others have pointed out, highly recommend starting as early as you can. Beautiful hike and the cave area is awesome.

Did this hike after being rain and hail-stormed out of Lake Louise rock climbing. Cool hike! Gorgeous glacier and lake views. Started at 6:15pm- very few people so worth it (*tea house will be closed this late*). A few short stops and pictures at the lookout, finished in 3.5 hours sans trail running. Long summer days are great! Be aware that hiking/climbing at lake Louise in the summer = lots and lots of tourists, no parking 8am-3pm. Shuttles run every 15m (no matter how long the line) from an overflow lot 7.5 miles away. We waited an hour. Return shuttles stop at 530pm. Weather is often iffy with thunderstorms popping up early afternoon in unpredictable patterns. In my opinion, the tea house, chateau, and ski resort feel more like a fancy European resort than a Canadian Rockies NP. So, for the outdoor purist, consider skipping Lake Louise and heading to nearby parks for your wilderness experience.

Great views. Make sure you stop at the Teahouse, if not for the chocolate cake, then for the experience!

Great hike! Arrive early to avoid the crowds. Make sure to soak your tired feet and legs in Lake Louise. The cold water is the perfect way to recover while eating lunch looking at one of Canada’s most iconic views.

Well worth the long trek in. First couple hours to Bourgeau lake is mostly covered with the odd views looking back down the valley. Once past the first lake, the views through Harvey Pass and the ridge to the summit will give you more than enough motivation to keep going! One of the best hikes I’ve done in the Rockies.

Go before 8am or after 6pm to avoid the crowds. We visited at 8:30pm (July). Had the falls to ourselves for a few minutes and it was incredible.

Love this hike. A steady climb up, there is quite a bit of snow on the trail. If you stay on the packed trail you should be ok. We just hiked to the lake which is still frozen but still stunning. It will start to get muddy with the melt.

Excellent hike and worth the views. Not all that challenging if you’re in shape. If not it will be a leg burner.

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

hiking
4 days ago

Fantastic Hike. We started around 7am and only ran into 2 other people. It was cloudy when we started, but after the first 2,000 feet or so we got above the clouds and the views were incredible. I'd say it was very challenging, but well worth it. Probably my favorite hike at Banff.

hiking
5 days ago

A bit of snow to contend with that's turning into slush as the temperature goes up in the afternoon. Great hike and so much fun.

Wonderful hike. 4 stars only because it was busy. Kids 7 and 10 did fine-just complained near the top. My phone says we went 6k there and back. Started at 830. Definitely best to start early.

Incredible views from the end of the trail. Worth doing despite crowds.

hiking
6 days ago

Went early at 6:30 am and glad that I did! It was a beautiful hike, but on the way down saw tons of people on their way up. Go early so you don’t have to fight the crowds!

Getting an early start is key. The falls were beautiful and going the extra steps to the ink pots are worth it!!!!

Amazing views!!!

eine super Tour mit immer wieder tollen Ausblicken

Fantastic trail! Beautiful views and varied terrain. Watch for bears - we saw some.

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.

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