Lady Macdonald Teahouse Trail

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Banff National Park

Lady Macdonald Teahouse Trail is a 8.7 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.7 km Elevation Gain: 1,015 m Route Type: Out & Back

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Note: Trail can be CLOSED due to bear activity. Please check with the park page for more information.

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18 hours ago

Overall great trail- went for the sunrise and was definitely worth it, views are amazing. The path itself is very easy to follow. Definitely recommend and will be going again soon!!

hiking
2 days ago

This was my second time doing it...Just as hard as I remember lol but it was also raining this time around. Clear trail. Little snow at the top

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rocky
2 days ago

Trail was dry all the way to heli pad. Small amount of mud (easily doable in shoes) near pad. Trail shoes or hikers recommended. Lots of people both up and down but all polite and courteous. Once you get on trail from creek bed, trail goes up and then up and up some more. No real plateau section, although areas on trail you can pull off and take a break. Bring moleskin and lots of water. About 5hrs round trip with water breaks when needed and lunch at pad. Parking lot fills up early and you will likely have to park on street.

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2 days ago

Harder trail then I thought it would be. Felt like a climb straight up. Lots of places to stop and rest in the shade, though. Trail was well marked. Can’t get lost once you start on the trailhead. Some snow near the summit, lots of traffic and dogs on the trail.

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3 days ago

Beautiful views even if you stop to the helipad. There are not really any significant plateaus so get used to the steepness. Pretty straightforward trail easy to follow until the helipad. After helipad is another story. Didn’t make it to the summit ridge though, but be prepared to scramble... lots of little rocks that you have to deal with. Be there in the morning as it gets really busy in the afternoon. Really really fun hike.

Really great way to start off the season. We took our time and made it to the heli pad. Tougher then I thought it would be, but definitely worth it.

hiking
4 days ago

Very pretty trail, but later in the day got incredibly busy. Heads up if you don’t like crowds

Great trail. Incline is intense and consistent but the view was completely worth it. Lots of spots to stop for a break and be out of the way of others. Loved the trail but probably would recommend doing a easier one on your first ever mountain (I was not prepared at all but I thrived & survived).

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6 days ago

Great season starter hike. It’s steep, but levels off every now and then for a break for your legs! Beautiful views. Still snow near the top and at the platform, but it was packed down. My boyfriend summited to the ridge where there was still a lot of snow but it was doable.

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9 days ago

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9 days ago

unbelievable nature views.

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9 days ago

Incredible views. Hike was very busy and there was a little mud past the tree line, but nothing that boots can't handle.

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10 days ago

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10 days ago

The view is spectacular.

13 days ago

Great hike, little bit challenging if you want to reach true Summit.

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15 days ago

This trail was pretty busy. It's a super inclined trail. you don't notice much going up but the comedown is pretty hard on the knees definitely felt that it was a hard trail when coming down.. Lots of people had the hike poles, I'd suggest it. Trail was pretty decent halfway is when the rock scrambles started but not for too long. Near the top it was starting to get muddy and had snow at the summit Make sure if you go to the top you have good hike shoes. Overall great views. :)

16 days ago

A little slick and some snow towards the teahouse, otherwise great conditions. We didn't get to summit as snow was starting and a lot of clouds up top but some others were up there. I would rate this as moderate, probably hard as you summit as the last push is pretty steep. was quiet all morning, we started at around 730... coming down around 10am we passed about 40 people at least. a very large group of teens being one. I picked up some garbage along the trail... please people, if you are using the outdoors please take out what you bring in. and remember how to "go" outdoors.... do not leave your TP on the trail or wood floor. it's disgusting.

16 days ago

A little slippery at the near to the top, very muddy by midday. A lot of people were on the trail today. might be worth checking the Carpark first as there isn't much room for distancing when it gets that busy

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17 days ago

Completed this trail on May 15th. The trail within the tree line is dry, but once you get closer to the summit there is some icy spots, and it’s quite muddy. I had spikes handy with me, and used them on the way down from the helipad.

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17 days ago

Pretty good trail. Did it with two 8 year old boys tailing me. It felt like a medium rather than a hard. No wildlife apart from some mountain sheep, but we did have a bear bell on us. Views are amazing!

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