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completed yesterday, don't go without micro spikes or crampons, pretty slippery but also very doable.amd rewarding. if you wear proper snow gear then it's not very cold at the top!

Well trafficked with packed snow the whole way. The best views are fairly early in the hike. Perfect for people with moderate endurance/experience

By far my favorite especially during the summer. Keep in mind, different ppl like different things. Is good to leave in the morning and take time to explore when you get to the 2nd Lake to go on top of the side of the mountain to experience the amazing views.
Did the hike the 1st time during winter on November the 11th. it's a nice
workout, exept the last part before you get to the 1st lake you have to walk on
beaten path as the snow was 1m high. also a little chalanging to get to the 2nd Lake. We spent only 10 minutes at the 2nd Lake, it was very difficult to walk around, almost impossible due to high snow. You definitely need spikes to get to the 2nd Lake.
I would say that pictures don't do justice to this place.

hiking
22 days ago

Completed Oct 31 and a not recommend.
The trail is a long, grueling uphill ascent that stays within the trees the entire time. There are no lookouts or landmarks along the 2hour climb. It's incredibly monotonous. Taylor Lake itself is now completely frozen, and the meadow is heavily snowed in. The view of the mountains is often fogged in. At 2100+ meters, I experienced mild altitude sickness. On our descent, we noticed fresh Grizzly tracks on top of our ascending footprints. No sitings, but the big bears aren't necessarily asleep yet.
This is not the worst hike ever, but in Banff this time of year, there are dozens that offer better views, with less work in more frequently used parts of the park.

hiking
27 days ago

loved it when i did it years ago

I had pretty low expectations of this hike based on word of mouth reviews however it was pretty beautiful!
The walk from the cave and basin was along a paved walk way, agree with other comments that it can be a little boring however the couple of breaks in the trees give stunning views of the bow river and mountains behind. The canyon was partially frozen over with water running underneath! Beautiful and peaceful.
I couldn’t do the last 1km as it was really icy and had no micro spikes. Would recommend this as a longer and quieter Johnston Canyon.

#HikingWithHarri

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.

I was very disappointed with the zoo. We did not see any animals but many bunny tracks. The snow gave it a nice touch but was confused why there was so much more snow the higher up we went when we were getting closer to the sun. It makes zero sense. It should be warmer.

What a beauty!

hiking
1 month ago

Nov 4, 2018
This was a great hike! Mostly uphill with a flat spot in the middle, pretty difficult I would say for inexperienced folks like us. My wife and I did Lake Agnes on Friday and Ink Pots via Johnston Canyon on Saturday, then ended with this on Sunday. Even with all the hiking we had already done, we went out and back in about 4.5 hours, but we didn’t make it all the way to the second lake (it was pretty snowy and that last push up the hill was a bit much for our inexperienced and tired legs). Wonderful views of the backside of Castle Mountain, and lots of snow-covered valley.

Thanks for the recommendation, G&J!

Fun hike always have mountain beavers (marmots) screaming at me

Love this hike. Did it in the summer and hit a rain storm on the way down which wasn’t too great. Other than that super fun, forest, loose rock and boulders lead up to amazing views.

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!)

Easy hike. Most of the trail is paved (and not really interesting...). Canyon is cool but this interesting part of the trail is too short. (a LOT of mosquitoes in summer. be prepared!)

Oct 27, 2018 - A marvelous 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.

Great shoulder season hike. Gets steeper as you get close to the lake. Managed to do Harvey Pass as well but it is challenging with the snow. Make sure you are prepared if you go past Bourgeau Lake.

Awesome hike for the fall, since climb is all south-facing there was almost no snow until 3/4 of the way up. Conditions were dry and summer like with recent warm weather. Threw the gators on for the top portion but could have easily walked around deeper (mid shin) patches.

Excellent hike. One of my favorites

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this on October 20th with a few friends, and we enjoyed it! The views of Taylor Lake are cool, backdropped by Mt. Bell and Panorama Peak. The trail was very easy to follow, and for the most part winded through forest, with glimpses of Mt. Bell on the ascent and Castle Mountain on the descent. The trail was icy this time of year though, we managed without spikes but they'd be helpful!

Just before reaching Taylor Lake, the trail opens up into a meadow, which leads up to the lake with great views. Once you reach the lake, there are four picnic tables for a lunch stop, with options to extend the hike to Boom Lake and O'Brien Lake. We crossed paths with a half dozen groups on the way up and down.

Total time round trip: 3.5hr

hiking
1 month ago

It was a beautiful and not super challenging hike. I’d like to go again on a day where it wasn’t too cold and pouring rain, but what can you do! The weather is the only reason I’m giving it a 3/5. I’m sure there’s a beautiful vista we could have looked out over had it not been grey-out from the rain. Also a squirrel tried to drink my beer. Minus one star for the thief squirrel.

hiking
1 month ago

Sep 17, 2017 - awesome hike !

A total grind on the way up, with little change in landscape; but stunning views from the summit make it absolutely worth it!
Current conditions are 80% clear, but considerably slippery/wet/steep sections make crampons a good idea. The 'first summit,' makes a great stopping point for those who don't want to make the final push to the top.

Note on the Start:
I read very conflicting information on the start of this hike. If you park directly at the end of the reservoir, the start is about 200m walking back towards Canmore. It begins between the two scree fields, underneath two power poles with signage for keeping dogs on leashes. The trail goes quickly up into the trees and appears to split. To the left is a large sign warning of unexploded bombs, to the right, a small land surveying post. (You can go either way - we did both).

Left goes on a trail up into the trees, and eventually up and to the right, overtop the first cliff-section, on a decently well-traveled trail (currently pretty icy). Right goes directly up (and may save you 15 minutes) but is a scramble. Like everyone has stated, it's pretty hard to get lost on this hike, and once you get over the first cliff it's easier to find your way.

The view of the rest of the Rundles from the summit serves as a great reward at the end. Leave your notes from the day in the Memorial Box at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail. Was very snowy, but the lake is incredibly pretty. This is a very long hike so bring lots of supplies. The fog that was over the lake came in and out of view, so you do have to wait until for a picture perfect moment!

hiking
1 month ago

October 11th 2018:

Such a good hike. Snow covered trails, kind of slippery at the beginning, cramps and poles recommended. starts off pretty steep, a bit of a slog, last 30 mins of the hike to the summit is slow and arduous, but at least the snow is packed and easily followed. moderate to difficult.

Great hike. Definitely recommend snow cleats during shoulder season. Late September to early October expect many golden larches along the trail. Do not recommend taking the steeper shortcut for casual hikers. Saw ski marks shown parts of the trail.

trail running
1 month ago

Ran this trail yesterday as an alternative to ha ling as it is still closed.

Trails are pretty good, some icy spots on the way up. I used crampons in these areas just to be safe, but doable with good quality hiking boots/trail runners. I Definitely needed to bring wind stopper pants though, my insulated tights were not enough near the summit. Amazingly clear views.

1 month ago

Did this hike on October 6th. Had cleats and poles so it was manageable. The hike to the lake is pretty much all uphill so be prepared for that and bring lots of water. The trail is mainly in the forest so it only offers a few mountain views but once you get to the lake it is worth it!!! I plan on snowshoeing this one soon.

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