Lake Agnes Trail

MODERATE 268 reviews
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Lake Agnes Trail is a 7.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
490 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

rocky

snow

The Lake Agnes Trail is an accessible and relatively short hike up to the Lake Agnes Tea House which was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1901 as a refuge for hikers. The trail has an elevation gain of 1,312 feet and offers fantastic views of the Nokhu Crags and Lake Louise. The Tea House is a real treat while enjoying views of the lake and is open from early June through October. The trailhead can be accessed from Lake Louise near the Fairmont Chateau Hotel. For those looking for a longer hike check out Little Beehive or Big Beehive.

hiking
4 days ago

It's a great hike, don't get me wrong. But considering the amazing ones around, I give that only 4 stars. The best is to find a way to add it to something else. We did The little and big beehive, Lake agnes, highline trail and came back via plain of six glaciers. Big day, filled with amazing views

hiking
19 days ago

It was not so easy with two kids 4 and 1 years old so it took us linger than usual. Nothing interesting in the way up but trees. However, once you reach the mirror lake, it is so beautiful. Finally, you can see a waterfall coming down from lake Agnes. Then, you know it was worth doing it. You can get a hot drink at the tea house. It is also a busy trail with lots of people

hiking
1 month ago

First trail we took on our trip to Banff. What a way to start! So much for easing into things. The reward at the end was more than worth it. Tea was wonderful. The return trip seemed to be more difficult, but was worth every step.

hiking
4 months ago

Snow covered trail was fun, unique experience. The trail from Mirror to Lake Angels had about 2.5 ft of fresh powder. We didn’t use snow shoes or trekking poles but they would have been helpful..

5 months ago

Amazing trail and not to difficult even in the snow. Although the tea house was closed the surrounding scenery was great.

hiking
5 months ago

stunning views and easy hike!

hiking
6 months ago

The trail is a beautiful hike.
The Lake Agnes tea house has been serving since 1905. It is small and gets crowded but be patient and you will get a table. The tea is geat and their mountain bar is a must. Take your time, relax and enjoy the experience. Take the time to walk the trail along the shore and get a view from the other end of the lake

6 months ago

Early October - Rent or bring crampons as this trail is busy and the snow higher up gets hard packed and slippery. We saw people struggling along in runners or city boots and had to help a woman who was stuck and couldn’t go up or down. The tea house was very busy and is close to closing for the season. If you had to pick one tea house, I would go for the Plain of Six Glaciers instead - the hike is nicer, the view sweeter, the tea house bigger, the food better, less busy.

hiking
6 months ago

While the hike up between Mirror Lake and Lake Agnes was extremely slippery, the views from the tea house are breathtaking and the tea at the top made the chill of the day worth it. It was snowing when we went up but it wasn’t too cold.

walking
6 months ago

Fantastic trail up to the Lake Agnes Teahouse. It's quite steep from the start and mostly in forest but once you get to the top past Mirror Lake the views are spectacular. It was very icy and slippery on the way down so I'd recommend cleats if you are going towards the end of the season.

6 months ago

great hike to the tea house with beautiful view of lake Louise

6 months ago

Nice hike constant incline most of the way but not bad, if you have gone as far as here I recommend pushing for another 30mins to get to the big beehive. It offers a nice view over Lake Louise, you won't regret it.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike with the family!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike, fairly steep incline the entire way up so be ready

hiking
7 months ago

This trail is definitely amazing, and it is so nice to have a tea once you get to the top at Lake Agnes. The views are amazing. DEFINITLEY BRING WATER. The only downside to this trail for me is the amount of traffic during the day, so if you like it a little more quiet go pretty early and then you can also get a good parking spot at the lake itself. Dogs are allowed, but make sure you bring water for them for the hike up because there are not many opportunities for them to drink water on the way up. If you are getting there with your dog during the busy times, make sure you tell the traffic directors you have a dog and they will find you a parking spot because dogs are not allowed on the shuttles from the Lake Louise overflow parking.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a nice trail that gave a look into the dense forest that surrounds lake louise. It was busy as expected but not overwhelming. The tea house at the top made for a nice spot to have some lunch and a refreshing cup of tea. The extra 700m up little beehive trail was worth it for a great view. Please don't feed the animals!

7 months ago

Very busy trail. Tried to get to the summit of devils thumb but the rain made it impossible.

7 months ago

This is a very busy trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Love this hike! The teahouse at the end is a nice touch and the views are stunning. The base is a throng of people but it thins out as you go up, though this is definitely a well traveled route. One complaint would be the number of people that decided to play their music on portable speakers while they climb! We come out here to get away and enjoy nature, not listen to Drake. Still, worth it, but be prepared to deal with the parking issue.

7 months ago

great hike, but very crowded!

7 months ago

7 months ago

Such a beautiful hike! The water at Lake Louise, Mirror Lake, and Lake Agnes is gorgeous. The higher up you go, the lake looks more and more aqua blue. My legs were a little sore after, but not too challenging. I also got engaged here, so it's my favorite spot ever . Someone snapped photos of my fiancé proposing and they came out beautiful. We had so many compliments on just how gorgeous of a location it was to get engaged.

hiking
7 months ago

Minimal to no work for rewarding views! Not recommended if you have a baby, I saw a few strollers left on the trail as the steep ascent and uneven surface made it near impossible to push one up. If you're a new hiker, this one is for you. Persistence is key, a lot of switchbacks and constant uphill but (as mentioned) VERY rewarding views and otherwise the easiest. You can stop at mirror lake on your way to Lake Agnes and cool off a bit or take some great pictures. Rewarding views of Lake Louise and surrounding mountains on your way to the top. If you're feeling up for it, grab some lunch at the tea house and do the Little Beehive summit, enjoy the views of Lake Louise, Mirror Lake and Lake Agnes down below!

7 months ago

Busy!!!!

7 months ago

Beautiful lake but the trail is soooo busy. We were on the trail by 8am and it was a zoo. We continued to the big beehive aswell as Devils Thumb.

7 months ago

Arrived at the tea house just before opening with only a few hikers hanging around. Mountain bars were awesome.

hiking
7 months ago

The tea house is a must!!! Sometimes you'll hear the rumble of the avalanche.

7 months ago

Challenging but oh so rewarding with amazing views , a waterfall and a quaint tea house at the high point!

hiking
7 months ago

Get out there early, and you'll miss most of the crowds, especially if you keep heading up to Little Beehive.

hiking
7 months ago

Lots of elevation rise, incredibly heavily trafficked.

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