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Beautiful hike...went today...it was crowded...the trail took me around an hour and a half to complete (one way)...the tea house was closed...do not go without you ice cleats..many people came in unprepared and were slipping all the time....i used my trekking poles which were very helpful specially with the descent..mirror lake and lake Agnes were frozen...the view from the top is spectacular...the difficulty of the trail is medium...prepare for weather change...take rests every once in a while...

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.

A bit of an incline but this short beautiful hike has the most gorgeous view of the Chateau Lake Louise that you’ll see. Was snowy today so we were glad we had spikes.

Favourite lake in Banff!! ❤️

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 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.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful trail. Easy to navigate

If there is one must do hike in the Canadian Rockies .. must be this one for the view .. easy, short, breathtaking view!!

easy walk to the top

Easy walk with exceptionally stunning views!

hiking
20 days ago

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

hiking
20 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.

Prefect spot to propose, and she said yes

hiking
20 days ago

This review is actually for the Teahouse Circuit: 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 were incredible. I started on the Lake Louise shoreline trail, then continued on to the Plain of Six Glaciers trail. 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 have 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. Once you reach the end of the Highline trail, you will see a trail sign, indicating 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 the longer route which will take you up a stretch of pretty steep inclines. I took the longer route. 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 Lake 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, and cash for the teahouses which are open typically from June to early October (check online ahead of time).

hiking
20 days ago

A relatively easy and short hike through a wooded area on the left side of Lake Louise. It will take you up to a viewpoint where you can see the Fairmont Lake Louise and the lake from up high. You will only see the lake once you reach the top. It does have steeper sections and was a bit slippery on a snowy day in early October.

hiking
22 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.

22 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.

hiking
23 days ago

Steep, snowy slushy trail late Sept 2018. The lookout at top was heavily fogged in at time. We decided to ignore the signs that warned of hiking not recommended and continued on after seeing it was at one time a loop trail. We had waterproof good tread boots and poles and were able to navigate it carefully down the steep slope to the shoreline of Lake Louise. So happy we risked it as we were the only ones on the trail. However, we took our time, remained diligent, aware and used hiking poles. By time we got back to the shoreline the fog had started to lift!

hiking
25 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.

easy trail but the view was stunning

hiking
26 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).

Absolutely gorgeous view and really easy to get to.

One of my all time favourite views.

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

walking
1 month ago

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

Definitely not a hike, rather a walk to a view point of Morraine Lake. Great views from the top of the lake and surrounding mountains (though we went today 9/13 and there was heavy snow and limited visibility so the view was very obstructed). Parking is extremely limited and unless you get there early will need to park elsewhere and take a shuttle (for a fee I believe) or be part of a tour group. The one huge drawback (other than lack of parking) is the large number of tour groups that show up and inundate the trail and view points. To me really takes away from the beauty of the place when are trying to enjoy it and people are jostling to get past you to take their millions of selfies. It seems that many would rather take pictures of themselves there then taking in the beauty of it all.

1 month ago

Good, but too full

The view from the top is of course spectacular, but this is not a hike. Just a short climb up a series of rock staircases.

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.

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.

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