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9 hours ago

Amazing views on a very, very busy trail. From the start at the chateau, to the view of lake louise from the first switchback, to the view of the big beehive from mirror lake to the views from lake Agnes at the summit, 5 star views are prevalent throughout this hike. The only drawback is the constant line of other hikers going up and down the trail. The grade isn't overly steep but is a constant uphill from the trailhead to the steps below the teahouse. If you only have time for one intermediate hike in Louise, this is the one to do...just be prepared for the crowds...

hiking
9 hours ago

Early early early! I started this hike at 8am and rushed past so many people so I could get up there first. If I did it again I would leave at 7am. It took me 45 minutes to get up there but I didn’t stop to take pictures on the way up so I could get a table.. Was beautiful though, the teahouse is super sweet!

An easy, flat hike that leads to some lakes which are covered with boulders which you can climb on. The scenery is a lot of fun and breathtaking for such an easy hike.

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.

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked here about a week ago and loved it. Beautiful views along the way. FYI tea house is cash only. Wish we new this before we reached the top. lol!

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.

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.

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.

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.

The first part of the hike, around the lake, was very easy and flat. We actually saw a moose and her two babies swimming here, very cool. I highly recommend extending the hike to get all the way up to Emerald Basin. The hike is moderate, and very secluded, great chance to escape the crowds. Don’t be alarmed by the initial steep start, it flatter out after about 30 minutes. The view from the top does not display the lake, although it is still incredible and serene. I liked Emerald Lake better than Lake Louise, personally.

Great hike and not too bad if you are in shape. Did this and both bee hives plus the plain of six glaciers all at once. Roughly 11 miles and definitely doable in 1 day

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.

Easy hike. Hike itself isn’t very exciting but the waterfall is beautiful and refreshing on a hot day. Give yourself an hour and then some time to enjoy the beauty.

on Lake Agnes Trail

hiking
6 days ago

Such a great hike! At an incline pretty much the entire hike, but well worth it at the top and at various points to see Lake Louise and Mirror Lake. We were planning on getting here pretty early, but ended up running late. As expected there were tons of people on the trail and at the tea house. I also did not realize the tea house is sit down with table service, which made waiting for a table much longer. Still worth the views. I made it to the top in about 40 minutes.

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Amazing views!!!

on Lake Agnes Trail

7 days ago

Beautiful view along the way to it. From lake Louise and lake mirror and further up to Agnes. Three steps to explore further and further. Amazing!

Stunning hike - not to steep, and the ground is very easy to walk on! If you want more of a challenge, continue on to the Big Bee Hive!

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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.

8 days ago

Not a long hike, but fairly steep. It's worth going up to the Little Beehive or Big Beehive from Lake Agnes. Less chance of running into a bear with all the people on the trail :)
Parking at Lake Louise however, is a whole other story! Went on a Thursday, got there at 10am and still had to go back to the shuttles and wait 45 min to get on one.... The entire day we had to be mindful of the time so we don't miss the shuttle back... Very dissapointing that they can't build more parking.

Awesome hike, very worth the views.

on Jacques Lake

hiking
10 days ago

This is a good trail if you want to escape the crowds. The trail begins with a temporary bridge that makes the first creek crossing easy (the permanent bridge has collapsed). After a short distance, however, the rushing cold creek overflows the rocky roadbed; high boots or water proof footwear is recommended as the water covered area can be larger than it is currently. Beyond this creek crossing the trail improves considerably past Beaver Lake and to the second lake with periodic gravel sections that are currently dry. The forest opens just before the second lake which is stunning. The nonofficial trail along it through a meadow of wildflowers continues at the far end around the logs and on to a third lake (First Summit Lake?) where more wildflowers and a vista of mountains makes for a beautiful lunch spot. We did not go further to Jacques Lake. Wildflowers were blooming everywhere. Elk and bear scat along the trail, birds and a bugling elk near Beaver Lake.

Very beautiful and different views/scenery throughout. Worth going the extra 1.3 km past the teahouse to the lookout point.

Incredible hike, it has everything from peak-a-boo views of Moraine Lake through the forest, beautiful 360 views of 10-peaks range in Larch Valley and breathtaking mountain views at the top, snow melt lakes and streams - it has it all. The switchbacks up to Larch Valley are a killer but keep going past the tree line and the views are well worth it - even if you don’t make it up to the top of the pass the meadow is incredible . The final switchbacks up to Sentinel Pass weren’t too bad although it is quite steep along the side and may prove a good challenge if heights make you nervous. Trail was very well maintained though and as long as you have good hiking shoes and take your time you will have no problems. Favorite hike in Banff thus far and spending a day near Moraine Lake is a must do!

Scenery changes constantly. Very rewarding hike that gives you a good feel for the Lake Louise area all in one hike.

A very busy but short easy hike up stone stairs to the top. In order to get pictures with no one in them you will have to climb over the stone wall and down a few of the rocks. Once you pick a good spot you won’t have any worries about getting people or trees in your picture / view.

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