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Great hike! Definitely a more moderate hike but easy beginner scramble!!

10 hours ago

Nice out and back for the family - great views and place to relax and enjoy at the summit. Suggest going early to avoid the crowds - as others have pointed out many people on the trail.

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.

13 hours ago

Great hike with a lot of variety in terrain. Beautiful views, a sort of meadow/grassy area just before the rock and scree on the way to the summit. For the last stretch might be easier to put away hiking poles for the scramble, but poles really help on the way down. Cold and windy at the top so be sure to bring warm layers. We started late and got to top around 1630 hrs. Had some light rain and temperature up there was only 7-8 Celsius.
We went same day as John Harris below, on Saturday July 21 and he describes the traffic jam due to construction just before the trailhead. It is faster when you leave than when arriving but be prepared to wait a while.

Loved this hike! We started the trail by about 7:30 am and it was fairly quiet at that point about 6 cars in parking lot but by the time we were heading back down the crowds were ridiculous! Hike from upper falls to ink pots was well worth it. Beautiful!!

Great hike up East Rundle today. Starts steep through the forest, next are some rock formations that are pretty easy to navigate, watch for the blue markers and cairns. Watch your lines, there are a lot of paths and some are easier than others. Above the tree line you hit the flat, a good place for a refuel before the summit approach. The scree starts early and hits a single switchback before heading the summit. Use the larger rocks on the side of the smooth trail for better footing, same on the decent. After the switchback, I liked the line next to the large wall, decently wide and a few hand holds to steady on. The summit is a wide platform with steep departures off three sides, watch your footing.
Carried a few bars, 3L of water (went through 2), light down jacket (used on summit and back the the flats on the decent), rain shell (didn’t use), battery backup and phone. Had shorts, T-shirt and trail runners on with no problem. Need shoes that have some tread, smooth bottom runners will make the scree portion difficult.

NOTE: One mile before parking lot the road is closed to one lane for construction. There was a timed light on each side of the construction that added ~30min each way.

Up and down in 3:30 at a decent pace. Was at the trailhead at 12 - not ideal as the weather and wind rolled in the last 30min on the decent. Will start much earlier next time.

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.

1 day ago

Really windy today, but a good easy walk through the forest. Nice spaces to go sit close to the water and eat. Took about 2.5 hours to go the 8 km.

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

Great hike, I’m a beginner and it was just the right amount of incline and duration, up and down in 4 hrs with a relaxed pace and lots of photos at the top. Steep in places but overall was very moderate. We went to the fire lookout, great views.

great hike the views at ink pots in the valley are spectacular. would like to try the hike from moose meadows instead of Johnston canyon as Johnston canyon is ridiculously over packed with people and iut takes away from the enjoyment.

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.

Only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars is because of Little Beehive. It’s a waste of time and energy especially when Big Beehive gives you such spectacular views of Lake Louise.

Do this hike and save some energy for Plains of Six Glaciers right after.

This was a beautiful hike! Made it up to the lake in about 3 hours, views were fantastic. My friend and I saw three black bears about 1km from the trailhead on the way back.

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.

Great trail. Great views. Highly recommended.

3 days ago

on a nice day you cant beat this

A beautiful hike no matter what time of year with amazing views!

For a beginner hiker this trail was a little challenging. The incline gets steep at the end and there are quite a few switch backs. But once you get to the top it’s all worth it. The view is amazing. I hope to do this one again before the year is over and I am more seasoned.

This trail only adds on about an hour to the loop around Lake Agnes. Well worth the extra effort to climb up the steep slope at the end to get to the top. It is unmarked on trail maps and there are no signs to show you the way. Keep an eye out for it at the intersection of the big beehive and the trail that loops around Lake Agnes. Watch your footing as you climb as it does get a little treacherous, climbing up and over rock and up a steep slide.

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.

Easy hike for in shape people and worth the trip. Very touristy but that’s ok.

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

We got to Johnston Canyon at 9:00am and there weren’t many people on the trail. The trail to the Ink Pots is well marked and people were scarce on that part of the hike. However, on the way back the falls were packed with people so it’s best to start early.

There were some dips in the path which made for nice inclines so your legs can get a good workout instead of just walking on flat terrain.

The Ink Pots themselves were majestic and a great place to explore; the Upper and Lower Falls were beautiful and it was even better enjoying them without crowds of people.

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

Awesome hike on the way up. Steep and challenging, but well worth the trek once you reach the top. The only issue I had with this hike was on the way down. What looked to be a path was definitely NOT one. It led me off trail and into the forest for some bushwhacking. Luckily, I managed to get to a road and found myself a couple of kilometres from the EEOR parking lot. Important note: as you are descending, stay left!

Did this hike a week ago. As a beginner hiker I would say this was more moderate than easy. Steep incline but so worth it

Nice trail with rewarding views towards top. Not ideal to do mid-day on a hot day. Shady spots throughout thankfully. Big range of hikers on this trail. Parents carrying toddlers to 70 yrs old. Good workout!

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