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Lady Macdonald Teahouse Trail

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Banff National Park

Lady Macdonald Teahouse Trail is a 5.4 mile 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: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,330 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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bird watching

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views

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scramble

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

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing hike. Some part very challenging but it worth!

hiking
2 days ago

Amazing hike - it was raining the entire time but was well worth the grind.

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4 days ago

Great hike that took 4 hours to complete round trip. Highly recommend, but the way up is very steep with scramble sections that are slippery when wet. The views were incredible and you can see the entire town of Canmore from the top. Weather changed quickly on us, and we had some rain and hail. Otherwise a great day!

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail! The views are amazing and the top is stunning. It is rated as Hard and that is an appropriate rating but worth it! It is a real bum burner lol! I went solo and felt safe as it is moderately busy. Have fun it is worth it!!

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rocky
4 days ago

Great trail! Steep all the way so be prepared for that. Just went to the tea house this time since we had a dog with us, but the summit is worth it if you’re prepared for a scramble.

Path up cougar creek is under construction. Have to detour up the right side and cross closer to the trail head. Wasn’t able to push past the heli pad due to heavy wind and low temps. Will try again in better weather.

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scramble
7 days ago

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8 days ago

Did this in the rain today, but we stopped at the helipad, since it looked worse at the top (when it was visible). Very well travelled trail all the way up, other than one rockier section where there are multiple ways up. I found the grade to be fairly comfortable and not nearly as steep as other popular hikes in the area or k-country. Took us 2 hours to get up to the helipad, with a couple short stops. Will have to come back in better conditions to reach the top!

hiking
12 days ago

So fun, Do the big beehive too, it’ll be worth it!

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scramble
12 days ago

June 26, 2020. Trail is bone dry and ready to be climbed! Amazing views. Be careful going past the heli pad, lots of scree and a difficult scramble often on all fours. However, definitely worth the trek to the summit! All in all an awesome hike in the Canmore area!

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12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail! The majority of the hike is extremely steep on rocky terrain but the view from the helipad is more than worth it.

hiking
13 days ago

Great run, went up at 11am with barely anyone on the trail. Epic views, beauty of a climb. Took my Labrador with me and had no problems with it.

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13 days ago

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13 days ago

Amazing trial. Definitely steep with some mild scrambling near the top. Almost made it to the summit but my dog was tired and I wasn’t a big fan of the scree. Definitely recommend having poles! They helped a lot!

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15 days ago

Completed this morning. Very windy near the top which could make the final scramble across the ridge very intimidating and dangerous, and requires a lot of focus in those conditions. This trail is very popular. By around 9:30 the parking lot was full on a Tuesday, so plan to arrive early in the morning.

Great hike! Lots of different scenery and terrain. We hiked without poles but they certainly would have helped on the way down - whole way up is incline. Great 360 views from the helipad at the top, and the choice to keep climbing.

hiking
scramble
17 days ago

June 20, 2020 Very crowed. The rocks got super slippery when it was raining. Bring poles!

rocky
18 days ago

Great trail. Huge crowd and very easy to follow. I'm a fairly beginner hiker and found this quite difficult elevation wise. We were up and down in 4 hours.

hiking
18 days ago

Great trail and fairly busy today!

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18 days ago

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