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easy walk with stunning views of the lake great trip to the mountains on pur anniversary trip

I went September 15th and there was already snow and would recommend wearing boots and if going to the view point then bring cramp ons.Was totally worth it to go the extra to the view point

Fun hike, although I wouldn't say it was a favorite, except for the extra part after the teahouse, which was really fun! I tend to enjoy hikes that are a little more difficult though, so if you're looking for something pretty steady and with great views, this is definitely a must! We started with the first bus at 7am and it was cold and rainy. On the way up, the sky cleared a bit and we had good views of the glaciers at the top. Coming back down, it started raining and we were frozen by the end. Worth it!

3 days ago

Easy walk, minimal to no elevation, no equipment required.

4 days ago

Hiked on 9/15 to the overlook. About 6-8 inches of snow from the prior storms. Sun came out for a little while at the top and it was a winter wonderland! Snow on trails was packed and easily passable. However, the trail could become icy overnight if temperatures stay low, and then would be treacherous. Overall, it’s a fantastic hike!

A great hike with wonderful views every part of the way, def a moderate hike; hard to some that don't hike often! I did the loop starting by going up to the tea house at Lake Agnes and continuing around Big Beehive and connecting to the 6 Glacier trail. The trail is moderate and should be attempted by folks in decent shape as it is a longer hike (lots of visitors not knowing the scale of this hike and I found lots of ill-equipped people on the trail, such as no water, wearing jeans, no day-packs). Plan on spending 4-5 hours on the trail if doing the loop, more if you plan to have tea at both houses. Side note, horses use the trails so beware of poop ;) If you like, you can continue for another 30-40 mins on from the 6 glaciers tea house to a closer view of the glaciers. This trail is narrow and steep in sections but wonderful, you get to hear the glaciers/snow cracking! Also, 90% of the hike is exposed to the sun and you will get hot.

6 days ago

Good, but too full

Pretty walk through the woods. A tough scramble at the end to get close to the lake. The lake itself was nothing special. Especially after just seeing Moraine Lake!

Excellent hike with excellent company. The little tea house at the top is quiet rewarding. I saw my first avalanche standing at the overlook past the tea house. The hike is long, but is quite nice.

The extra hike past the tea house is difficult, but one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen! It took me an extra hour including the time I spent at the end seated, listening to the glaciers crack! Definitely worth the extra sweat!!

when I arrived the tea house I realized there was no view from this level.
Most of the ascent to the tea house was in the woods and there was a little view all the way.
The only view is from the little beehive that was 1km ascend.

The views are gorgeous. We saw some goats on the trail as well.

This hike is really crowded but the views are great and the tea house is lovely. You can help out the tea house by bringing down trash bags to help them out.

10 days ago

Very nice hike, you have a great view on Lake Louise and pass Mirror Lake before arriving at Lake Agnes.

10 days ago

Very nice but steep hike up to a fantastic view. Much less crowded than the shore of Lake Louise.

its a. busy hike ..it is a little smoky still but nice ..p.s if u want to take an alternative route down thats quieter take the horse trail down..its muddy but super quiet ....

This trail was wonderful (though a bit muddy in spots) - scenic all the way through, and led to an adorable Teahouse where we had a small lunch. Bring cash - they accept USD but there’s a small surcharge.

The hike is manageable in a few hours and the incline isn’t too bad. Go early to avoid the crowds.

Did this hike yesterday morning, beginning in a downpour that trickled off after entering the trees. As we climbed the views opened up with morning mist intermingling with cloud breaks. I’d rate this as a fairly easy hike overall, with a very tolerable grade most of the way up. The view from the Tea House is great, but expend the extra effort to get to the end of the lookout trail, as the vistas are amazing. The trail to the lookout point follows a lateral moraine that is a bit exposed, and on this morning there was a dusting of fresh snow, but going slow rewards those who persevere. We even saw a few avalanches calving off of the hanging glacier on Mt. Victoria.

14 days ago

The Tea House was crowded, but still charming and a welcome stop before circling Lake Agnes to the Big Beehive trail, which I would highly recommend doing on a clear day. The view from the top was amazing!

I did this hike with my husband in the end of June on a really sunny and beautiful day. Especially due to the weather the trail was heavily trafficked, but most of the hikers don’t go further the tea house, however, that’s where the fun started. We had to cross several avalanche areas and did not only stop where basically most people stop, instead, we climbed up the final very steep rocky section, so that we could sit on the massive rock protruding from the mountain. You will have spectacular views to the Lake the further you go up. On the way back we decided to go back via the Lake Agnes Trail, which is also nice. Please be advised to use proper footwear and carry enough nutrition and water with you. Highly recommended!

I found it very easy! Around 6k one way, but that’s includes the stroll around the Lake, so the not so easy hike is only 3kms.

Honestly, it is a beautiful hike. Definitely you have to get there vey early (at least 7-8 am) in order to get a parking spot, especially on the weekend. Bring good hiking shoes, because if you want to go all the way up it could be slippery, gravely. Hiking sticks can help at the very top. The teahouse is very cute, tiny and busy as well. If I know correctly, they do not take credit, debit so bring cash if you want to buy something.
We were so lucky when we got there, because the air was really clear so I could take some beautiful pictures of the beautiful views, but later it got a little bit smoky. It was not bad, you couldn't really smell it, but the views got a tiny bit hazy. Anyways, it was a very good experience. :)

Beautiful and very easy trail, 2 hours and 30 minutes total trail.

Beautiful hike and view of the glacier!

Great hike with friends.

Great hike! Trail is well maintained and the food at the Tea House was fantastic!

If you continue 20 meters after the end of the trail the views are very beautiful (you will see a advertising saying that is dangerous but is not) the trail "Fairview lookout" is pretty normal.

Nous sommes allés vers 0700 le matin et il y avait déjà beaucoup de monde pour un mardi. Très belle randonnée mais beaucoup d'excréments de cheval qui dérangent. Les tamias avant les murs d'escalades naturels sur la piste sont très curieux et sont venus me touche la main ce qui a donné de très belles vidéos. Le teahouse à la fin incroyable.

Fairly easy hike. The views are amazing going towards the tea house and then again going to the glaciers. We didn't eat at the tea house but there were benches nearby. Definitely a recommended hike.
Also took the recommendation of a previous poster and parked at Lake Louise around 7am on a Thursday as the parking lot was getting filled quick.

22 days ago

We went hiking this trail for the first time this summer. Most of the trail is in the tree area except a couple sections that have great views of the valley and lake louis. The tea house was too crowded. They were not allowing any food from outside to be consumed in the tea house and their menu was very limited to cheese sandwich and soup! To our surprise, after coming out of the tea house, we noticed that they are taking water by a kettle out of the Agnes lake, in front of the tea house for all cooking and coffee or tea!! Dogs were playing in the water, at the same spot! When I asked them, they confirmed that there is no filtration and they only boil the water. Considering that in elevation, water boils way lower than 100 C, the cleanliness of water is questionable! I wonder if Alberta Health is aware of this practice!
In general, its a nice trail to be tried once. Not much scenery, though.

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