Explore the most popular Horseback Riding trails in Banff National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

such a beautiful trail but best to hike in the early fall. so busy in the summer

hiking
22 hours ago

We only did the paved part of the trail which is really cool.

Magnificent views! This was a hard trail for me and my husband. I think it was the altitude and constantly going straight up. We saw a porcupine and numerous birds. Beautiful wildflowers. If you decide to hike this trail just remember the return is downhill which is so easy.

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

I enjoyed this hike but it is a very busy trail!

Great trail, and great views on August 17th!! We didn't do the whole course set out here. We first made a stop at Lake Agnus teahouse, before hitting Big Bee Hive. Stunning views from the top! Then worked our way back down, and walked the river back to the Fairmont. Bee Hive is a must do for anyone hitting the Lake Louise area.

hiking
2 days ago

Very crowded but the views from the Little Beehive were amazing. Bring lots of water.

hiking
2 days ago

Pretty easy trail (although not for many tourists) with greats views at the end (of the lake). Too many people though! Did the Little Beehive which was worth it (for the incredible views of the entire valley).

hiking
3 days ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone visiting Banff! The uphill there is tiring but there is a great little teahouse to relax at when you get to the top!

Definitely recommend to finish the whole trail if you want to have a full glance of the glaciers. Absolutely worth hiking the extra mile after the teahouse! It’s a fantastic and easy/moderate hike!

hiking
3 days ago

Enjoyed the trail. Nice mix of steeper climb and slow grade. Path is in good condition. Went on a Friday and it was very busy.

Breathtaking views the whole way. Absolutely worth it to go early to beat the crowds. We arrived an hour before sunset, around 5:30, and there was still plenty of parking left.

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muddy
3 days ago

We walked the small loop at the bottom of the springs and that was interesting. We then attempted to go around the big loop by the Bow River and it was filled with mud from the horse trail. We had to turn back. We then toured the wooden trails above the buildings to learn the history and see the caves of the area and we really enjoyed that part.

hiking
4 days ago

So crowded and steep the last 0.5 miles. So crowded you won’t get to eat or drink there. Lake Agnes is a tiny lake. I recommend taking the plains of six glacier trail.

This trail is easier than lake Agnes and still has a tea house that is less crowded than the one at lake Agnes. A lot less steep. Get there at 7 for parking. Got to the tea house at 9 about 3 miles. Then keep going past for the glacier viewpoint that is spectacular. Another 1 mile after tea house. Glaciers so close seems like you can touch them. We decided to add to the adventure and we took lake Agnes trail back. Super crowded. Can’t get anywhere near the tea house. The lake is tiny in comparison to Lake Louise. We ended up doing 10.5 miles round trip instead of 8. Ouch! Finishing with lake Agnes was climbing steeply up most of the way and steep decline. Stay on plains of glacier if you don’t want your legs to hurt.

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muddy
rocky
4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful hike from wonderful lake Louise. Wish we would have gone on to beehive.

hiking
4 days ago

Really nice views but the teahouse and trail are always really busy

Beautiful trail! Started at 6:30am to beat the crowds and that was the best idea. Got to the Plain of Six glaciers Tea house and there was only two other people there. Then we made our way to Lake Agnes. It wasn’t until we were on our way down that we started seeing a lot of people. The trail was well kept and the views were remarkable. On the high line trail up to lake Agnes it was pretty steep but well worth it.

some times to help people in the future. the parking lot was full at 7am. the overflow shuttle line was 1.5 hours long at 10 am. the shuttle is $4 return trip (credit card / Google pay only, no cash). the shuttle wait was so worth it. very glad we did the hike. lunch at the tea house (no cell service, cash only) was fantastic. very unique teas. 1 hour 30 to tea house. 30 min to lookout. 1 hour 15 from tea house back to the big hotel.

hiking
5 days ago

We got out early to beat the crowds and hiked in near zero visibility. Sat for an hour at the tea house and decided to go on further to the view point even though it was still zero visibility. Thank goodness we did, because the view opened up in a span of two minutes - the clearing clouds to reveal the glaciers and pass was majestic!! Beautiful views all the way back (since we saw noting going up). Great hike!!!

hiking
5 days ago

Was a nice hike. Great views of Bow Lake and Crowfoot glacier. Continue past Helen Lake for the better views. Worth the extra climb to see Katherine Lake, etc. Saw many marmots, picas along the way. Wildflowers in all their glory as well. We hiked on a rainy day and still had lovely views. Go early to avoid crowds. We arrived around 8 am and saw few on the way up, many on the way down.

Amazing views. The trail is fairly easy till you get to the back of the lake. Then there is an incline. the path is clear and easy to navigate through. So worth that leg workout! it was also alot quieter and less touristy than lake Agnes

Awesome hike with amazing views!!!

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bugs
muddy
6 days ago

The paved portion from the Cave and Basin visitor center to the river is pleasant, with wildflowers in summer. Take a few more steps and see the river... and head back the way you came. Cannot recommend the portion along the river: covered in horse manure and sloppy after rain. I recommend walking back towards the visitor center and viewing the marsh via the short path from the parking lot.

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