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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length9.1 miElevation gain1,929 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallwild-flowersWildlifeMuddyRockySnow
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Please see the park page here for information about current COVID-19 and road closures: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/covid-19-info NOTE: This trail is not safe for travel in the winter unless you have avalanche training and equipment. The avalanche zones on both Teahouse trails are clearly marked. You can check seasonal closure information on the park page here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/installations-facilities/fermetures-closures 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.

Lake Louise Parking: 51.41616413719161 N -116.21198080480097 W

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Debbie Thomason
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Oh my word!!!! One of our favorite all time trails. All said and done... we show right at 10 miles. We started saw 3 seasons on this hike. Rain to snow to sunshine. The view from the top can’t be beat. Do it!!!

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Fernando Vieira
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Neil McCulloch
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Started out with all the tourist at the Chateau then quickly left them behind as we climbed into the Treeline and definitely in the Alpine. The climb is manageable in boots for about 4ish km then the snowpack takes over. We attempted to make it to the Tea House unfortunately we were turned back about 0.5 km away due to Avalanche Conditions that didn't look inviting. Use extra caution in multiple areas along the trail. The snow is VERY deep and if you do not have snowshoes, do not attempt this hike

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Kerry G
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Loved this trail. Challenging enough but doable for most people. Bring some cash for a treat at the top and layers as it will get windy/cold especially at the summit

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Jessica Aytoun
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HikingIcySnow

Was a little tough with the pups in the snow, beautiful views. Didn’t make it to the tea house, needed to get back

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Tracy Brown
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Sadly we didn’t make it all the way. We got stopped because of deep snow. Next time we will bring snow shoes.

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Kristin Taliaferro
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Such a fun hike! So much to see along the way and the Teahouse is a joy to reach!

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Gene Porcelli
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Such a cool hike! Not too strenuous and with the payoff of a tea house by the Victoria Glacier at the end! I made a video on YouTube of the hike, just search Maps With No Roads on YouTube if you want a look at what the trail is like.

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Hiromi Lacuesta
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Halfway at the trail it was covered with deep snow and couldn’t get through so we had to turn around unfortunately.

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Rob R
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Hiking

Fantastic!

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Alex E
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It’s a nice trail but not marked at the end. Thanks to AllTrails to figure out where to complete the trip. Highly recommend to have AllTrails Pro and download off internet maps. It worths every penny you pay for the upgrade from free version

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Christophe Kukla
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HikingGreat!

Superbe randonnée. Le chemin se perd près le tea house recouvert par la neige

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Michael Friesen
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HikingGreat!

Fairly easy, well trafficked three hour hike. A must-do just to see tea house dog Arlo at the top!

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Rhett Fast
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Incredible hike. The farther you go the less crowds you have to deal with. Tea house was awesome. We went first week of June and climate was perfect.

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Nick Man Mathias
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Hiked up to the tea house and got close to the lookout but still too snowy and sketch Yea house is closed

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Alex Luu
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Very nice hike with beautiful views of the mountain tops. We couldn't hike to the final view point but still happy with the views on the way.

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yolan p
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HikingGreat!Snow

Trail snow packed up to the teahouse and further. We kept going and almost made it to the look out, but turned around due to deep snow and poor visibility. We used microspikes, but very little ice on the trail.

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Octavia Maurette
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Octavia Maurette
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HikingIcy

My boyfriend and I did this hike last week because we forgot our snowshoes and therefore couldn't do the hike we were planning on doing. This trail is beautiful, however, the view is about the same the whole way up. the elevation gain is one the easier side and because of how much ice there is along the lake and near the teahouse I would recommend ice spikes. 1.45 hr up, 1 hr down.

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Jay Wilson
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WalkingIcyMuddyRockySnow

Completed Thursday 13th October! 5hr 22min return to 600m before the TeaHouse due to multiple warnings from other hikers regarding the final switchback to the teahouse being treacherous with steep banks of ice. Due to the recent change of weather and large dumps of snow we met maybe 20 people on this track which is good considering how busy it gets in summer, the teahouse is now closed for the season. Trying to get to the end of POSG to the lookout would require snowshoes as snow is currently 3ft deep or roughly my hip height. 

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Miko Rata
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Rock climbingFeeGreat!Rocky

It was a marvellous discovery ! Outstanding views from the start at Louise Lake all the way up to the end of the Hike. It is moderate some parts are easy and quite few have good inclines. It’s a long hike but 100% worth it ! I will not do it again as Lake Louise has many more paths to offer but I totally recommend this one !! Amazing hike !!

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