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Devils Thumb Via Lake Agnes Trail is a 7.4 mile heavily 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, running, and rock climbing and is best used from April until October.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 2,896 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Rock climbing Running Forest Lake River Views Waterfall Wildlife Rocky Scramble Snow
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The trailhead to Devil's Thumb is located directly across from the trail to the Big Beehive lookout. This trail does not appear on any parks signage, as Parks Canada does not want people who are unprepared to wander onto this difficult trail by accident. You will see a large tree trunk lying across the path where the trail begins. During your hike, make a mental note of the place where the hiking trail ends and the scrambling begins, as it can be easy to miss on the descent. CAUTION: The last portion of this trail involves some extremely steep scrambling on loose rocks and dirt, which may not be suitable for beginners. The trail is also very narrow in some places. Proper hiking shoes with good grip (not running shoes or sandals) are very strongly recommended. Hiking poles may be useful for the descent. Gloves would also be helpful to protect your hands on the scrambling section. Mosquitoes are notoriously bad on this trail (particularly on the scrambling section), so remember to bring plenty of bug spray. Avoid this trail in wet weather conditions, as it will become extremely slippery and dangerous. Be aware of tumbling rocks on the scrambling section, particularly when there are other hikers on the trail above you. Listen for warnings of falling rocks from other hikers, and warn those below you if you dislodge a rock. Even smaller rocks can cause serious injuries on steep slopes. The trail is often very crowded between Lake Louise and Lake Agnes. The tea house at Lake Agnes is very busy, but they offer a large range of snacks and drinks. Note that there is no garbage/recycling bin at the tea house as the staff are responsible for trekking supplies up and down the mountain. Please do your part to help the staff and keep our parks clean by being prepared to pack out any garbage from your visit.

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Éamon Mallon
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Tough trail after the big beehive but worth it for the view

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Carl Tatonetti
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Nature tripsGreat!

Ça vaut la peine de suck it up et de le faire. Ce n'est pas si difficile que ça. De bon soulier est conseillé

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Meh Shekar
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The trail is fantastic. the final part is a bit difficult bu it is really worth it,

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Maya Miljanovic
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Monica Sridharan
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Hiking

Such a gorgeous view at the top. Definitely worth the fun scramble almost at the top. From the fork to the big beehive there is a log that marks the beginning of the trail to devil’s thumb, after that it’s a pretty well trafficked trail. It was pretty smoky (sep 17) but the view was still pretty amazing.

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Alex Fedosa
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Hike was pretty difficult, took sporadic breaks and was exhausted by the end. Good broken in hiking boots needed, next time I’ll take poles as well but the view is great. Was Smokey (sept.18)

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Pierrick Gosselin Lafrenière
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Abi Smith
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HikingGreat!

I loved this hike! We followed the trail to Lake Agnes and followed it up to the Big Beehive Lookout. There isn't any sign to Devil's Thumb, so look for the trail opposite the lookout for Big Beehive, it has a tree trunk laying across the trail. From here it's a fun rock climbing scramble up to the top right for amazing views of Lake Agnes to your left, Big Beehive in the middle and Lake Louise on your right. There was still a bit of smoke today (September 17th but still made for stunning views). We decided to follow the trail back down via 6 Glaciers back to Lake Louise. We would have continued on to the end of the 6 Glaciers trail but we were short for time as we had to catch a bus back to Banff!

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Matthew Shanks
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Travis E
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Busy trail today but totally worth the view!

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Yuan Fang
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It is not easy for beginners. The last part of the trail is really steep. Without a proper hiking shoes and honking poles, it is really changing. I didn’t make to the top.

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Jiří Tvrdoň
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bam & nona .
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Just awesome!

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Jocelyn B
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Jan Brylowski
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HikingGreat!

Start the day early, and enjoy a beautiful break at the Tea House after 60-90 minutes of hiking. The real hike starts after that point. Switchbacks will provide amazing views of Lake Agnes and if you're scared of heights, just head to big beehive for a view of Lake Louise. If you're comfortable with a bit of scrambling, go to the top, it is absolutely worth it. This was my first scramble and it wasn't that tough. Anyone in reasonable shape should be able to get to the top. I highly recommend hiking poles to come down that last part, it makes a huge difference.

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Deepak Singh
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HikingGreat!

Hiking till lake Agnes is easy, and then till big beehive is moderate and the view is awesome. Hiking way up till Devil's Thumb is difficult because of the gravel in the hike for some 150 m. Need to used hands as well. However, it was worth it. Do it if you are fit and it's recommended to have a good hiking shoes for that. Cheers!

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Marlise P
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Andre Pereira
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HikingGreat!
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Lindsay Waldron
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Beautiful hike! Worth the extra 30min to continue on to devils thumb from big beehive. Small steep scramble, but doesn’t last long. Wear proper hiking shoes and you should be ok. Poles highly recommended. We went down the back way from the end of lake Louise to avoid the crowds. Would do this again for that view!

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Christopher Boyse
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Sep 5 - arrived 730am to get a parking spot. Busy on trail to Lake Agnes! Devil's Thumb wasn't "hard" except for a short, dirty scramble section. Overall I did Lake Agnes > Beehive > Devils > Plain of 6 Glaciers circuit in 10 hrs with long breaks for snacks & chatting with other hikers. Amazing views throughout.

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Benjamin Bergen
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Enjoyed - not too difficult

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Calvin Ngai
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Good hike - not as physically challenging as I thought but still a good workout. definitely some precarious sections of you have any dear of heights. I didn't find I needed my hiking poles but definitely recommended depending on your physical fitness level. My wife and I went on a Saturday and it was packed full of hikers, especially at the beginning and even up devils thumb. Lots of hikers with inappropriate footwear and not cognizant of triggering small rocks from coming down on you. Definitely be aware of your surroundings. Fantastic views though when you get up there.

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Liam McDonald
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Steep at points. Wear proper hiking attire.

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Nolan Ouellette
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Andrew Janz
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Absolutely gorgeous hike today. I have never done this one and it is well worth it. It’s a very busy trail, come early if you can. The ascent to the Devil‘s thumb is very steep - pokes recommended

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Mandy Carter
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Awesome hike! It’s a fairly easy and steady climb from lake Louise to the tea house, then you go up some switch backs to the fork for beehive or devils thumb. You can totally do the beehive before heading up to devils thumb or on the way down, it’s worth it! It gets really busy on this trail mid day, definitely need to do early morning or maybe sunset to avoid crowds. When you are coming up the backside of devils thumb it’s a grind and a half, make sure to follow the trail to the right and don’t just keep going straight up the back side, there’s a clear trail to follow and you don’t have to end up slipping everywhere. The views at the top are so worth it! Great hike!!

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