Plain of the Six Glaciers Trail

MODERATE 288 reviews
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Plain of the Six Glaciers Trail is a 13.5 kilometer 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, trail running, 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
13.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
533 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

hiking
25 days ago

Great variety and beautiful winter terrain

2 months ago

The best hike I’ve ever done. Even better, it ends with food, and delicious food at that! I’d do this trail a hundred times over.

3 months ago

Nice trail. We did not get high enough to see the lake from the mountain or to the tea house (only 2.5 miles up) due to a bear sighting on the trail. Crampons not needed yet, but poles should be used as there are some icy/snowy/slushy spots.

3 months ago

We did this hike along with the other tea house. If you had to choose between them, this one is the way to go. The hike is less busy, more scenic, and the tea house itself is nicer as well. Easy hike; crampons might help for some slippery parts (early October).

3 months ago

We took a trail and came down from Big Beehive, neither from Lake Agnes nor Chateau Lake Louise. We had a snowstorm when arrived at the second tea shop (first one is on Lake Agnes). Sadly we had to decide to turn back without keep going up, because the trail up close to tea house have big gravels and rocks, which was slippery in snow. There was supposed to be a viewpoint and the trail gets steeper after tea shop. (Until tea shop, the trail is flatter than Lake Agnes trail and The Big Beehive trail). We didn't forget to drop by tea shop quickly. I had a hot chocolate and the BEST cinammon apple pie I ever had! Snowstorm was freezing, but made everything beautiful white world.

3 months ago

Gorgeous hike. A bit rocky near the end.

3 months ago

Loved it. It has it all. Highly recommend.

hiking
3 months ago

Its best to do this hike early in the morning to avoid the other tourists. There were only a few other people on the trail when we did it, so we were able to appreciate the raw beauty of the mountains and Lake Louise. Its very cold at the lookout so wear layers! But the glaciers are so worth the cold!
You must stop at the tea house on the way down for a hot chocolate to warm up.

3 months ago

Nice easy walk for most part - very scenic and beautiful

3 months ago

Pretty sweet hike, neat tea house, worth hiking to the beehive.

hiking
3 months ago

Good view of the glaciers and mountains at the end with a great tea house 3/4 of the way there, no real steep inclines so pretty easy hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Our first time to Banff and our favorite trail so far. Absolutely beautiful!!! Quite easy compared to Lake Agnes Tea House.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike, the smells and views were wonderful. Fantastic teahouse! We continued up to the lookout and it was quite windy but amazing to look back at The Lake Louise Fairmont and see how far you've gone. Quite a busy trail, but not so busy that we didn't enjoy ourselves. I found the Lake Agnes hike to be much busier.

4 months ago

Great hike-a bit dicey at the end because of the cold and snow was coming harder than we expected. On a clear day I think it would have been much better! Views are so incredible we just stopped and soaked it all in along the way.

4 months ago

Amazing views!! I've done this hike a couple times now and it never gets boring!! Definitely recommend.

hiking
4 months ago

just perfect!

hiking
4 months ago

First snow of the year. Beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

Wow. This hike has some of the most amazing views and vistas we have ever seen. It is definitely a challenging trail with a lot of climbing but it is well worth it. You start with a stroll around Lake Louise which is awesome by itself before starting up into the woods. After a little bit you come out into the clear and onto the side of a cliff where you climb for a while. The views are outrageous. Eventually you head back into the woods and climb to the tea house. We loved the tea house, but that is our thing. Add a cup of coffee, tea and some cake into an awesome hike and we are sold. Its rustic and you carry out your own garbage, these are pluses not minuses for us. Our hike was Sunday September 10th and we started at 8:50am. There were a lot of people on the trail, but it was not overcrowded.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Rainy and chilly but well worth it!

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