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Beautiful easy trail with stairs the whole way up! The view of Moraine Lake is worth being with all of the crowds!

Overnight snow, wild for August 17, left a good coating over the top portion of the summit cone but with some helpful advice from an intrepid duo before us who said the ice wasn’t too bad and conditions were slowly improving, Emboldened by their helpful advice we persevered and made it, just one step at a time, even with some snow covered rocks in the top few hundred feet. Sorry they couldn’t enjoy the summit with us but we admired their spirit. The views are impressive and they even begin to open up just a short jaunt up the ridge. The top portion isn’t technical by any standard but does require some concentration on a very steep slope for the final push. Trail past the lake swings right for only a short time then left up across the ridge. With help from the run off snow melt the trail was never difficult to find even near the top. Route finding rather intuitive. Our Map My Run app clocked in at 11.5 miles and it took us 6 hours 30 minutes moving time although we had some brief stops to talk to the awesome locals on this trip.

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

The views are stunning in all directions. I have made a video of this hike. It is on YouTube, and my channel is LIVEON ALBERTA. Check it out if you want to see the hike before you do it.

hiking
20 hours ago

This hike is beautiful and definitely worth it, but because we read the comments beforehand, we thought we had to cross the river. You don’t actually have to do this!!!! The trail is just marked very poorly. So, the first part of the trail is extremely muddy. Once you get to the river, you see a sign that has a hiker with a backpack on it that points to you crossing the river.... Instead of doing this, which leads you to the campsite, look to your left and follow that trail. That is the trail that all trails follows and it will lead you directly to the lake..

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scramble
21 hours ago

Great hike. Overall, the hike was moderate with the last 30 minutes being hard.

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
snow
23 hours ago

Stopped around 200 vertical feet short of the summit due to snowy conditions (Aug. 17th). Summit was accessible but, given cloud buildup and the icy state of the scree, we decided to turn back. First 3.5 miles to Helen Lake is a class-one heavily trafficked trail. After that, there's a clearly defined path leading up to the base of Dolomite Ridge, which forks north (left) to the base of Cirque Peak. Some route finding is required for the first section of the scramble, as the base is more talus/boulder than scree. At 8,350 feet, the trail becomes fairly defined and followable; while steep, it's certainly not a scramble. We followed it up to 9,450 feet before calling it due to ostensibly deteriorating conditions. Much to my regret, the fog lifted from Bow Valley shortly after we had begun descending, giving way to intermittent clear skies and warmer temperatures. This is the first summit attempt I've ever started too early, I suppose, having not given the dusting of snow sufficient time to thaw (nor the clouds to part). A 07:15 departure would've worked better for this foggy morning. While they did obstruct Bow Valley, the low-hanging clouds made for excellent photography conditions. If time permits, I heavily recommend heading up Dolomite Ridge after summiting Cirque Peak. The vista of Lake Katherine & Dolomite Valley is unparalleled even in Banff. One duo said they were going to explore the Alice Lake / Dolomite Pass area after climbing Cirque; while that's one hell of a long day, I can't say I wasn't tempted to do the same. This may legitimately be the most stunning circuit in all of Banff and it certainly merited more than six hours of hiking.

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off trail
rocky
23 hours ago

Who wants to make this way, must be there early. The first day we were too late, and the road there already closed. There are then bus transfers, but the waiting time is certainly 1.5-2 hours. So the whole thing again the next day, we were already at 7.30 am at the parking lot, and also found a free space. (however it rained and was pretty cold). The way is nice to go, we have also made the last part of the route, the view is worthwhile. Definitely warm clothes, we only had about 4 degrees ...

mosquitos galore that are viscious but otherwise fantastic hike, great views for easier effort. was muddy and root, but still in hood shape.

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

I’d highly recommend this trail. It’s just enough challenge to feel like I accomplished a good hike! “Easy” up to lake Agnes then the climb begins. Honestly the descent after the climb up to the Beehive was more challenging to me. Quite rocky and quite busy. Only issue I had with people was someone was playing music on a speaker while hiking. I’m a fan of using hiking to enjoy the surroundings and be more meditative.

I was slightly disappointed with this hike. There were pretty nice views to the peaks. First part is zigzag climb. But after trail splits, this part just flat and easy. There is no access to the lake, unless you want to scramble, but it’s not worth. It’s around 1h till pass, not difficult and probably would give you nice view. In general, it’s pretty short nice hike.

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

lovely easy walk on a pleasant Saturday afternoon.

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muddy
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

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

The trail allows dogs, however, there are many parts where there are big boulders, specifically at the end. My dog struggled in these areas and without going through you will not be able to see the lake.

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail. Give yourself some time if going with kids. Went fairly early and no mosquitos! Very nice

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike, snow the night before did in the flowers but still a spectacular view at the top!

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.

This is a must if you are okay with getting up at the crack of dawn! We got to the parking lot at 5:30am and we got the second to last parking spot, no joke. The easy trail gives you amazing different views of the lake that you can't get anywhere else. Well worth the early start.

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washed out
1 day ago

This was hard but very worth it. First time hiking for a couple of our group, took about 6.5 hours but we were not moving for about 2.5. Views were unreal.

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rocky
scramble
snow
1 day ago

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