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Plain of the Six Glaciers Trail

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Banff National Park

Plain of the Six Glaciers Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, nature trips, 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: 9.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,929 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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nature trips

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forest

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river

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

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snow

From the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, follow the lake shore to the back of the valley. Stop at the teahouse for a cup of tea and watch for mountain goats and glaciers.

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blowdown
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washed out
7 days ago

Beautiful sights but there were quite a few fresh avalanches about 1.5 kms past the trail head. Definitely going to come back to finish the hike once it is safe to do so. We tried going over the avalanche that blocked the trail but found ourselves in a lot of knee-waist deep snow.

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icy
off trail
scramble
snow
7 days ago

Looks as if an avalanche happened recently, 4ft Deep snow and very hard to find the trail

18 days ago

Lake Louise parking   51.41616413719161         N  -116.21198080480097 W

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rocky
snow
1 month ago

Beautiful views

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blowdown
off trail
snow
2 months ago

at the beginning it was ok conditions. had a few steep spots, however about 2km up there was an avalanche that completely wiped out the trail. we climbed over the avalanche and found a faded blown over trail and continued on. however the further we went the harder it got to trudge along and by four km up the snow was waist deep and when you step it would eat your whole leg. we ended up getting 600m away from the tea house before having to claim defeat and turn back because it would have been an exhausting hour to just get 600m further. the frozen waterfalls along the way were very pretty and the quiet atmosphere was peaceful as well. perhaps with snowshoes it would be less daunting. we will definitely be coming back to complete the hike in the summer or fall.

3 months ago

entrance location 51°24'54"N 116°12'49"W

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Just hiked this trail this morning (11/25). Great hike up to the point where I had to turn back. I proceeded through the knee-waist deep snow to get to a frozen waterfall, but that's about as far as I was able to get - maybe about 2-3 miles before the end of the trail. Microspikes, gaiters and snow shoes recommended if you plan to go past the packed snow. Overall a wonderful hike!

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icy
snow
6 months ago

Did this trail two days ago Sat 11/9 and loved it .. there wAs a lot of snow however have crampons and layers and you will be fine. We did the 2 tea houses and then this trail.. LOVED IT ! Great views on the Fairmont

hiking
snow
6 months ago

Great 9 miles out and back run on snow packed trails. Micro spikes highly recommended.

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muddy
scramble
snow
6 months ago

Beautiful views, you get a very unique birds eye view looking back at the lake. The hike is quite steep and was muddy when we did it. There are some springs that cross the trail and it can get very cold/windy at the very top. The most interesting thing to me is the weather change, how it can go from green at the start to frosty at the top.

hiking
rocky
snow
7 months ago

We did this trail 10–21-19. We chose this trail because moraine lake road was closed so we could not do the trails we originally picked. Also we knew the tea house was closed. There are some sections along a mountain wall that may be disturbing if you are scared of heights but they aren’t too bad. Gradual incline most the way up. Not muddy but lots of snow and very cold at end. We were about 0.2 mi from the end of the lookout but had to turn around because of snow and the trail did not continue. Beautiful views of the glaciers. Bathrooms by tea house are open. And picnic tables are there for a nice lunch spot. We saw a porcupine making his way up the short trail to the tea house. Overall a good solid hike.

hiking
snow
7 months ago

as a moderately experienced hiker who typically only hikes in good conditions, this trail wasn’t too bad! quite snowy up at the top with active snowfall. started around noon from Lake Louise and followed the signs for plain of six glaciers up towards the teahouse. teahouse is closed by now but still super cute to visit and stop for a snack. only had hiking boots (didn’t use spikes), bear spray, and backpacks and did fine. others had ski poles and spikes but didn’t find them 100% necessary. great views the entire way up, just be wary of wildlife, ice, and super snowy conditions. took less than 4 hours for almost 8 miles. would recommend!!

hiking
7 months ago

I recorded this hike on October 17th, I hiked all the way up to tea house and about 500m past the 'unmaintained trail sign'. the view was very beautiful. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6bmnUIFn48&t=4s

hiking
snow
7 months ago

Would agree that this is an easy trail. Incline is moderate all the way through with switchbacks which make it very manageable. Trail was well maintained up until just past the Tea House. Packed snow and barely icy, but spikes are a must. The last bit to the lookout had fresh snowdrift, which got about knee high. Heavy exposure at the lookout so we didn’t stay long, but the view of the glaciers was amazing.

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icy
snow
7 months ago

beautiful hike. I would rate this as easy (not moderate) as it was a very gradual incline on a well paved path for the most part. the teahouse was closed when we got there, so it would be nice to know ahead but we were planning to do the hike regardless. I would do it again for sure!!! easy and stunning views all around. micro spikes are a must.

hiking
7 months ago

Completed on 12 Sep. barring one or two steep sections to the area house and one steep section at the end, I think this is a easy trail. There were many icy sections near the tea house. Started early and just came across one group of people but on the return to lake Louise saw lots of people heading towards the plains. My first in snow. Will try to do it again in summer to see how it looks and feels. The tea house definitely gets crowded. Cleats and crampons are very helpful these days and saw most folks having crampons around the icy section.

hiking
snow
7 months ago

Great hike! Hiked it this morning (October 13) and it was the last day the tea house is open for the year. Snow on the ground but very manageable with ice grips

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