The Big Beehive Trail

MODERATE 71 reviews
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The Big Beehive Trail is a 10.3 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
647 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

2 days ago

Startet at 6:30am this morning, still snow on some parts l, but all good- did the whole hike in runners. Awesome view, make sure you start early, so many people later on. We came from six plain of galcier walk and up to the big beehive and went down to lake agnes.. all in all in took us round 6 hours with stops and slow walking around the snow.
We were lucky to see a Grizzy with her 2 cubs on the way to lake louise from our car - definitely worth to get up early! :-)

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11 days ago

Really rewarding hike. The views from the top are great, especially of Lake Louise and the surrounding range. There’s a gazebo to enjoy the views from. As of 6/8/18, there’s still a lot of snow on the Lake Agnes side which requires some scrambling and water/snow proof attire. It was a bit difficult going up, but it helps to just go slow. A Dad with a baby on his back and pregnant wife made it, so not too bad. There is a different trail you can take on the south side of the mountain, I believe it is the Six Glaciers trail, but with a turnoff to big beehive. We hiked up the snowy side but down the dry side, made for a good sense of accomplishment. We started at 9am, had tea and biscuits at Lake Agnes Tea House, walked around mirror lake, and enjoyed views from the top for a long while, we made it back to our car around 2pm. If there was no snow, it probably would have saved a half hour or so. Do this hike!

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12 days ago

Great views of Lake Louise (without the crowds) at the top! I did this hike on Monday and there was still a lot of snow on the Lake Agnes side. It required some scrambling and trail finding. If you hike Plain of the Six Glaciers first, the trail to Big Beehive from there is much more clear and well defined.

20 days ago

Amazing walk with a stunning view of lake louise. Did it three days ago and there was still a lot of snow at the side of lake Agnes. The other side had a lot less snow. Plane of six glaciers walk had a lot less snow.

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21 days ago

Such an incredible view at the top

21 days ago

We love this as a great family hike. There are some nice breaks along the way with beautiful views (while you give yourself a rest).

24 days ago

05/28/2018: passed the tea house the path is still very snowy and ends up disappearing, strongly recommend waiting a few more weeks before climbing up to the summit. Little Beehive Trail is a nice alternative for a good view over Lake Louise.

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1 month ago

May 18, 2018, after lake agnes tea house trail is covered under the snow. And lake louise, mirror lake and agnes lake are still covered in ice. Maybe it would be better to go there couple weeks later

8 months ago

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8 months ago

4 stars because the trail leading up to Lake Agnes is very busy. The route leading up to Big Beehive was also difficult to find exactly when covered in snow.

8 months ago

Loved this trail, nice little stop at the tea house at lake Agnes. Steady incline the entire way up. Great scenery the entire way. Highly recommend half-day hike. Amazing views of Lake Louise at the top!

8 months ago

Beautiful rocky mountain walls. Great view of Lake Louise and Lake Agnes as many posted pictures. Basically climbing up all the way and few downhills. There is also a trail down to the Plain of Six Glacier, starts from the top of Big Beehive.

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8 months ago

I wouldn't call it moderate lol but wow!! worth every fricken second !!

8 months ago

Great hike with lovely views we did devils thumb first and the view from there is hard to beat, if you are only wanting a moderate hike this view would have to be one of the best I have seen for a moderate rated trail. Also you can stop off at the nice little tea house on the way for a breather if needed, they only accept cash too.

8 months ago

Absolute best hike I have been on, scenery wise! The hike up wasn't too bad either. It was nice being able to see Lake Louise, a waterfall, some other lakes (lake Agnes) and the tea house was so cute to have half way up by Lake Agnes! So beautiful I would for sure go again!!! The view at the top of the beehive seeing Lake Louise below was breathtaking.

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9 months ago

great hike.. did it in the rain but still worth it

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9 months ago

Unbelievable views for the effort. We took Lake Agnes route on way up and camp back down the Six Plains route. It was all picturesque.

9 months ago

Breathtaking hike. Foot traffic thins out just past the tea house. Worth coming down on the back side for a totally different experience.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a phenomenal hike! The view at the top was amazing and we witnessed multiple avalanches. Hiking was gorgeous with the larch trees changing. Had a toddler in a backpack, 5,8 & 11 year olds. It was a hard hike for the kids--mostly for the 5 year old who was super cold (end of September with a Storm rolling in) but definitely one of our favorite spots of the trip.

10 months ago

incredible!!!

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10 months ago

We came up through lake Agnes, went up big beehive then went for the devils thumb summit. Views from the beehive are great.

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10 months ago

It's a long hike but the view is worth the wait

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11 months ago

Amazing views of Lake Louise.. 2 km uphill from Lake Agnes - Tea House... Pics don't justify the actual view..watch out for lose rocks on downhill..

11 months ago

Went up via Lake Agnus trail and came down via Highline Trail.... Not too hard although we encountered a bit of snow... Definitely worth the views after Lake Agnus Teahouse!

11 months ago

We came up via the Highline Trail on our return from Plain of Six Glaciers. It was steep and got our hearts racing, but the view from the top was absolutely worth the climb

11 months ago

Busy trail until you reach Mirror Lake. Clears out after that but we did go to the left and not direction of Agnes lake teahouse. Steap climb when you take the Big Beehive trail but the climb is worth it! Great view at the top of Lake Louise and Agnes Lake.

11 months ago

Although this was difficult for me as someone who doesn't hike too often the views from the top are just spectacular and something that needs to be experienced.

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

One of the greates hikes we've done in Banff National Park. The view from the top of the Big Beehive is truly breathtaking. I defenitely suggest to split the hike in two parts and sip a tea on lake Agnes Teahouse before going straight to the top of the Big Beehive and enjoy the spectacular view over Lake Loiuse and the Fairmont Chateau. Amazing!

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