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17 hours ago

October 14 2018
Quite satisfied with this hike! Did it with crampons (pretty necessary) and poles (optional here), with a 8 month old toddler. We are a 32/30 years old couple with some hiking experience and moderate fitness level and it took us about 1h35 on the way up (without much photo stopping) and 1h20 on the way down. First half is easy, steady way down to the first lake, with some mud. Some pretty views of the lower lake. After the bridge the way up starts. Somewhat steep in the second half, especially at the end after you reach the dried up lake. There’s about 100m ascent left at that point over less than 500m. Then you reach the lake, nestled in the mountainside, which is quite pretty. On your way back the end of the route isnt that dispiriting since it’s quite a gradual climb. Met 2 groups of 2 in total during the whole hike, pretty deserted! Note that on the way down (or up if you prefer taking breaks) the view in the last 1/3 is quite pretty as well.

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.

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!

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
13 days ago

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

hiking
13 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
14 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
15 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.

15 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.

Take bug spray! Mosquitoes were terrible!!!

Take bug spray! Mosquitoes were terrible!!!

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
18 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
19 days ago

the ink pots were really cool, well worth the hike

hiking
19 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).

22 days ago

Busy and tight some places but after upper falls to Ink Pots it clears out.

A nice walk on a paved path through a lovely canyon. Don’t go looking for a hike, but the scenery is nice. It was a rainy day and still there were many people on the trail, don’t want to imagine it on a sunny day. The trail to ink pots is much better - packed dirt path and less people. These are definitely worth the walk, beautiful mountain backdrop and the ink pots are beautiful.

There is Little Beehive and Big Beehive; we loved the views from Little Beehive better. Agnes Lake is impressive as you climb up the trail to 6 Glaciers; the blue color is seen then. There is a Tea House at Lake Agnes and also by the Glacier. The Tea House by the Glacier was very cozy while we waited out a rainstorm. On the way back, we were lucky enough to see an avalanche in the distance on the glacier. Nice hike.

hiking
28 days ago

Rather boring thru unimpressive Johnston Canyon and the lower/upper falls. Paved path good for families and seniors. Lots of people dropped off by buses. We continued onto the Ink Pots via a rather steep hike (dirt trail); the crowds thin out. The Ink Pots are very interesting and worth the hike.

Very easy paved path with railing for the majority of the route. Beautiful waterfall/river/canyon views but extremely crowded. 10-15 minute lines at each viewpoint so we turned back after the second waterfall before going further to the ink pots.

hiking
28 days ago

Hiked this trail on September 14, and it was snowing the entire time! Unfortunately couldn't see the views well, however the soft snowfall was extremely beautiful and peaceful. Took around 4 hours round trip. I wanted to go down to the water, although we were afraid we would miss the last bus out at 5:30 if we did that, so we just took a quick break at the top of the trail and turned back.

Loved this trail! The waterfall Is beautiful and the ink pots are a beautiful hue if turquoise and and a nice place for a picnic.

Beautiful easy hike. It could get pretty crowded so just make sure you get there early so you can actually enjoy it

1 month ago

Good, but too full

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