Devils Thumb Via Lake Agnes Trail

HARD 64 reviews
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Devils Thumb Via Lake Agnes Trail is a 11.9 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
11.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
883 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

3 days ago

This trail only adds on about an hour to the loop around Lake Agnes. Well worth the extra effort to climb up the steep slope at the end to get to the top. It is unmarked on trail maps and there are no signs to show you the way. Keep an eye out for it at the intersection of the big beehive and the trail that loops around Lake Agnes. Watch your footing as you climb as it does get a little treacherous, climbing up and over rock and up a steep slide.

hiking
5 days ago

Amazing view. Well worth the time. Not to difficult

hiking
6 days ago

Did this today starting from lake agnes trail at lake louise. At the junction of big beehive, turn right where a log blocks the path. Follow the trail all the way up and a short scramble few meters from the junction (almost got lost). Make sure you wear good hiking boots, gloves or poles for support as you scramble going up to the summit. The 70 degree steep scree was worth it once you reached the top! I think this trail is way better than taking the plain of six glaciers. Arrive early at the park (7-8am) coz it gets full easily. And make sure you get a pass and dont park infront of a sign ‘No Parking from 11pm-8am’. We’re blessed they gave us a friendly reminder ticket for doing so...a must hike! Awesome views along the trail!

hiking
9 days ago

Went today with a group of friends. Make sure you wear good shoes for this hike! :)

13 days ago

Lovely once you get up there as you leave the hordes of people heading up to the beehive lookouts.

15 days ago

This was an incredible hike! Highly recommend it! It did have one portion that probably should’ve been equipped with ropes because it is very steep and when it rains, very slick! Gorgeous view of lake Louise and Lake Agnes in the same shot! Just be aware that there is no trail marker when you get to the split where Big Beehive is, you turn right and cross the log blocking the path. But definitely go up on big beehive.

16 days ago

An absolute kick in the pants of a climb. 1000% worth it.

17 days ago

A couple sketchy spots and a nice little scramble otherwise a good hike.

hiking
19 days ago

Not hard just have good shoes or bring poles

Lots of people to pass in the beginning, I was really headed for mount whyte and the other peak but I took a wrong turn, I wasn’t disappointed at all.

you have to wrap around the mountain side before your last accent up and once you get to the dip you have the chance to go right or left, i think left is where you go for the top of devils thumb but I went left to a spot to have my food and I witnessed part of the glacier fall off the cliff side - it was CRAZY

Go check this place out

19 days ago

Hiked this trail on Canada day. It was our first hike and we didn’t have proper hiking gear/shoes, just jumped into it! We highly recommend wearing proper hiking boots as it was a challenge getting back down in running shoes. If you’re scared of heights or not in good shape this hike isn’t for you. The view from the top was stunning! Well worth it and can’t wait to get up there again!

hiking
20 days ago

my wife and i planned to hike this trail a week ahead for canada day camping and hiking trip and we glad we made all the way to devil's thumb!! we started from lake louise to lake agnes which is very easy trail and big traffic (specially because it was canada day). and the path side of lake from tea house to west end of lake agnes is BEAUTIFUL trail path!!! after this path, there are challenging zigzag trail comes up to way to big bee hive which i thought this is most steep part of this trail. when we came up to top where if you go left you go big bee hive and if you right where you gotta go over big falled tree log you go to devil's thum trail. most of people will go to big bee hive. when you jump over the big tree which is blocking trail it gets very alone you have to climb up 20 feet of big rocks and after 20mine of moderate trail you will meet 70degrees of steep trail. and then you will deserve what you came up for this is the only place you can see both lakes (lake louise and lake agnes) in one sight. and when you turn back from lakes view huge cliff staring you down which is breathtaking!!! you must try this trail once before you die!! super worth it! HAPPY CANADA DAY!

hiking
20 days ago

Once you beat the crowds after the teahouse and you made it to the big beehive, the last part up the devils thumb is when it's gets really nice and fun. Parts are pretty steep but it's only like 40 min up. Views are beautiful and the reward at the top is amazing!

20 days ago

Worth it

26 days ago

The view on the way up to the thumb is breathtaking and the scramble was fun but dicey at times, was well worth.

hiking
27 days ago

This is pretty amazing. Came up from big beehive via plain of six glaciers. Worth extra 45 min to get up to the Thumb.
Conditions are great right now. Highly recommended. There was a couple with a baby on back and dog who made it, so not too difficult.

hiking
28 days ago

This was an amazing hike with a beautiful view! The conditions were perfect. The scramble at the top was fun but stay to left (by the trees) for an easier route to the top (to the right.) Happy hiking!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, very challenging to novice hikers. The trail is little hidden, we ended up wondering off with another group which resulted in a much longer scramble at the end lol. amazing view at the top, legs were nice and tender afterwards.

hiking
1 month ago

It was such a awesome trail that I give 5 out 5. we did it on June 3rd, some parts were still covered in snow, and we got lost a few of times.

hiking
4 months ago

View was way better than Big Beehive. Well worth the extra 45 minute scramble to the top.

9 months ago

beautiful all the way to the top! will do it again

9 months ago

Trail is easy to follow once on it, just rear other reviews and you will be fine. Not a challenging hike very minimal scrambling needed, if you are scared of heights it's not for you. Amazing views at the top of both lakes it is definitely worth the hike. We did it up and back in under 1.5hrs from big bee hive.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail from the Big Beehive up to the Devil's Thumb is unmarked and somewhat hard to find when there's snow on the ground, but it is so worth it! The views from the top are uncomparable to any other place in the world that I know of, and are undoubtedly amongst the best I've seen in my entire life!
Do not miss out on this heavenly place!

10 months ago

Amazing views but DO NOT follow what all trails has posted. It's impossible to get up from there.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome view at the top! Went on a long weekend so there were a lot of people going up to Lake Agnes but after that, it thinned out.

hiking
10 months ago

Spectacular hike! Views are amazing! Would recommend looking at the recorded tracks as the path they suggest is very confusing, and as we saw could lead to a very dangerous scramble to the summit. The route that should be taken is to follow the switchbacks up to the saddleback of big beehive. Once you get here turn right instead of left and go over the tree trunk "blocking" the path. You will then go around the back. Enjoy!

10 months ago

amazing view here.

hiking
11 months ago

Read Shelby Blosky's review below - do NOT go up the right side of the last open area before the summit. I hate to admit that we went up the right (not knowing which route to go) and it was not fun. Cross the open area and ascend the last portion of the trail along the tree line. Most of the trail from the Beehive split is narrow but the views are AMAZING!! Not too difficult of a hike if you follow these directions.

hiking
11 months ago

This was our first official summit. Definitely a hard trip, not so much because of elevation gain but just due to the narrow trail, which has a lot of scree. There's one really bad part where you have to cross over a scree area, and scramble up the bank to the saddle. When you come to the spot where it looks like maybe you should go to the right up some rocks, or go left across open scree, GO LEFT don't go up the rocks!! So worth the climb

11 months ago

This is a beautiful hike with a little bit of everything! Would rate as a difficult hike due to a steep scree slope and easy steps that may require the use of hands to reach the summit. Highly recommend!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

From Agnes take the back of the lake and up the Big Beehive. At the junction take the path to the right, into the trees. (There will be a tree/deadfall) across the trail). After that there is a short but very steep section up to the col. At the top go right and your there! Amazing view!

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