Lake Agnes Trail

MODERATE 540 reviews
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Lake Agnes Trail is a 7.6 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, birding, and horses and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
433 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

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.

10 days ago

Good, but too full

13 days ago

when I arrived the tea house I realized there was no view from this level.
Most of the ascent to the tea house was in the woods and there was a little view all the way.
The only view is from the little beehive that was 1km ascend.

13 days ago

This hike is really crowded but the views are great and the tea house is lovely. You can help out the tea house by bringing down trash bags to help them out.

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14 days ago

Very nice hike, you have a great view on Lake Louise and pass Mirror Lake before arriving at Lake Agnes.

15 days ago

its a. busy hike ..it is a little smoky still but nice ..p.s if u want to take an alternative route down thats quieter take the horse trail down..its muddy but super quiet ....

hiking
19 days ago

The Tea House was crowded, but still charming and a welcome stop before circling Lake Agnes to the Big Beehive trail, which I would highly recommend doing on a clear day. The view from the top was amazing!

22 days ago

Beautiful and very easy trail, 2 hours and 30 minutes total trail.

hiking
26 days ago

We went hiking this trail for the first time this summer. Most of the trail is in the tree area except a couple sections that have great views of the valley and lake louis. The tea house was too crowded. They were not allowing any food from outside to be consumed in the tea house and their menu was very limited to cheese sandwich and soup! To our surprise, after coming out of the tea house, we noticed that they are taking water by a kettle out of the Agnes lake, in front of the tea house for all cooking and coffee or tea!! Dogs were playing in the water, at the same spot! When I asked them, they confirmed that there is no filtration and they only boil the water. Considering that in elevation, water boils way lower than 100 C, the cleanliness of water is questionable! I wonder if Alberta Health is aware of this practice!
In general, its a nice trail to be tried once. Not much scenery, though.

26 days ago

Beautiful hike and very easy

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful hike up to Lake Agnes, with a great resting place at Mirror Lake along the way. The path is a constant ascent, so it’s a bit more difficult then it seems, but the views at the top are worth it.
Just be careful - if you go right at Mirror Lake the path is full of horse manure.

hiking
28 days ago

Wonderful hike with a nice reward at the top! Beautiful views throughout.

30 days ago

Nice hike. Good view of Lake Louise from top of Little Beehive

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Lovely tea house by Lake Agnes which serves the best tea! Great views of the lake with options to continue the hike to either of the beehives.

1 month ago

5 cause of teahouse

1 month ago

An excellent hike although the first part is through the trees so really nothing to see but forest. Once you get up to Mirror Lake the views get better. Still a bit icy and slippery in the upper sections. Staff at the tea house were busy getting the place ready for opening in June, but even though they were not officially open they were selling tea and other goodies out of the back door. The tea was perfect after the hike up. Excellent views of the lake and mountains.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little trail that ends at the teahouse.

hiking
1 month ago

We arrived at the Lake Louise parking lot by 7am and there was plenty of parking (Note-Lake Moraine lot was already full). Give yourself time to take lake photos because the light in the lake and surrounding mountains will be different when you get back from hike. We started the hike uphill by about 7:20 am and arrived at the tea house by about 8:40. We were with 3 kids ages 6, 7, and 11. They were more upset about being up at the crack of dawn than about the steep incline. There were quite a few groups passing us on the ascent. The trail is even and wide for the most part. There are areas of rocks and roots where my 7 year old tripped and skinned his elbow while running. Beware of horse poop on the 2nd half of the trail. There is not much of a view during most of the hike. Save some energy before the tea house to climb the steep 60 step staircase. We were lucky to grab one of the last tables in the tea house. The staff was busy unloading goods that were just unloaded from the helicopter. Once they were done unpacking more tables became available. A long line had already formed by 9am. The oolong tea and biscuits were delicious. BRING CASH (they accept US dollars). The views from the tea house are beautiful (tables are located inside and outside). Overall the hike was definitely worth waking up early for. The hike back down took our family of 5 one hour. We wanted to grab a shuttle to Lake Moraine but at $30 per person we opted to save our money and enjoy drinks on the patio at one of the Fairmont outdoor restaurants.
Tip: if you want to see Lake Louise and Lake Moraine park early (7am the latest) at LL. When ready take a free shuttle to Overflow parking lot where you can pay $15 per person for shuttle to Lake Moraine. If you take Shuttle from LL Fairmont it will cost $30. You can always chance it and try parking at Lake Moraine. But they only let cars in once 10 cars have exited. They refuse all cars from entering otherwise (not even to drop off people).

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice to sit and enjoy a cup of tea at the top while taking in our beautiful surroundings. We got to the top at 8am and crowds weren't an issue at all yet, but it was pretty packed by the time we left. We continued up to the big beehive - even if you don't want to hike all the way up, I highly recommend walking around to the other side of the lake - the view looking back at the teahouse is really pretty

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. The lake views are spectacular and the tea house is delishious! Bring cash for a snack.
Bit steep in some places but not bad.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice views, not too long for family with children.

We made it up to the tea house.. nice trail for family fun.. slippery when wet/snow but we have a lot of unforgettable experiences

hiking
1 month ago

We arrived later than we wanted to but got to Lake Louise around 930. We saw that the signs said parking full but decided to check it out anyway. Mistake. We ended up driving to the area but ended up being directed out back to the shuttle bus area. Even if someone had left they still don’t let you in, so don’t even try. By the time we got to the shuttle area even that was close to capacity and I think we got the last spot. Definitely get there way earlier than that. Shuttle had a lot of people but it does go pretty fast. They keep a lot of buses going through. I didn’t feel crowded going up the hike at this time of day but noticed a lot more traffic after lunch coming up when we were headed down, it took us about 1 1/2 to get up. It was a lot more inclined than I expected. I see reviews about it being good for families but I thought it would be very strenuous bringing young children up. When we got to the tea house we saw a line up which we expected. We noticed a sign that said to the left line up for take out and to the right table service. We went to the right but someone did accuse us of bumping the line, I guess he didn’t read the sign. Some issue there. We did get a table inside but it was super hot and it should have been renamed the sweat box. We sat and waited a bit with no service and decided it was way too hot to stay inside and eat later at Lake Louise. We did try to use the washrooms but they do only have two outhouses and that was a giant wait as well. We waited on that as well. We continued the hike the next 1 km to little bee hive and that was a nice walk that didn’t take long. The next hike to big bee hive was straight up the mountain so we decided it was far enough. The temp outside was 30 so we didn’t have enough energy to continue. Walking back down was way easier and faster although be careful about tripping. Enjoyable to eat at Lake Louise and enjoy the view. It is an excellent hike but bring lots of water and take your time and rest when you need. I would do it again absolutely.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Busy trail but gorgeous! Went with our 2 young boys with no issues. If you want to stop at the tea house be prepared to wait for a table ;)

1 month ago

Lake Agnes is a stunningly beautiful hike. We kept going to the Devils Thumb ( you pick this trail up at the top of the Big Beehive) and were rewarded with the most amazing views of all-hubby and I are well into our 50’s. Hiked to the Thumb with our adult kids. That part is strenuous- and somewhat treacherous in parts but INCREDIBLY beautiful. And no crowds-
This is such a great hiking location/ so many good trails that connect with each other. You must get here early if you want a parking spot. We hiked Six Plains on a different day and both times we arrived before 7:30am and were able to find parking.

We hiked up to Lake Agnes, then to the Big Beehive, then to Plain of Six Glaciers! Strongly recommend doing this option. Doing all 3 together is about 12 miles RT but worth it if you have the time. We started the hike up to Lake Agnes around 6:45 AM - STRONGLY recommend starting this early! Not only were we easily able to park in the main lot, but we also only saw a few other hikers the whole way up. Gorgeous views, especially at the Big Beehive.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail to do as a family (including an active toddler) great views but it does get busy during the summer season.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up to Lake Agnes Tea House, then to the Big Bee Hive and from there down to the Plains of 6 Glaciers. BEST HIKE I’VE EVER DONE. Took about 51/2-6 hours and the views the whole way were insane!!! Lots of people to Lake Agnes, less to the Bee hive and then no one from there to the Glaciers. Beautiful scenery of Lake Louise, mountains and nature the whole way. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

1 month ago

The uphill climb from Plain of six glacial trail to the Lake Anges tea house was too steep. I'm almost out of breath. But the scenery was wonderful. There were many people, but I liked it!

1 month ago

Nice hike, a bit of a climb, but worth the effort. We started around 7:30. The trail gets crowded, so I highly recommend to start early.

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