Follow the watershed that leads into Lake Louise up to it's glacial origin.
Starting with a steep ascent, you'll be on the most popular route out of Lake Louise. You'll pass Mirror Lake and then reach Lake Agnes, the final destination for most walkers as they stop for a cup of tea and cake at the Lake Agnes Teahouse. Your route will continue along the banks of the lake on flat ground before you ascend a set of switchbacks to the saddle of the Big Beehive. Take in the views of Lake Agnes below before descending towards the glacial moraine above Lake Louise. The trail will flatten out slightly as you gradually ascend the valley and arrive at the Plain of the Six Glaciers Teahouse. This last section of the trail is in an open rock field with a few intersecting paths made by many walkers. It's easy to get disoriented by these intersecting paths, so follow our routes and look for the tiny ridgeline that will mark the furthest viewpoint of this trail and the place where you can check out Abbot Pass.
If you'd like a more level stroll, consider walking the banks of Lake Louise by traveling this route in reverse and turning around when you'd like.
Bears are present and active around all hiking routes. Be sure to review The Parks Canada information regarding travel in bear country to familiarize yourself with best practices. Always carry bear spray and know how to use it.
The weather in this area can change quickly. Even if you start a hike with blue skies, it could easily be storming (or even snowing) by the afternoon. Check the weather report daily to adjust your hiking schedule as needed.
Trail Conditions can vary based on the season and weather. Check with a local visitor's center or visit the Parks Canada Website for the most up to date trail conditions. Always be prepared to turn back if you feel that snow or rain makes a trail unsafe.
We recommend packing at least bear spray, hiking boots, warm layers, water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat, warm hat, rain gear.
Points of Interest:
Both the Lake Agnes Teahouse and Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse are the highlights along this route! Read more about them below in Food & Drink.
Food & Drink:
The teahouses on this route are a rare treat. Both teahouses were built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 1900's as a way to tempt people to travel out west. Today they remain fully functional with offerings of tea, coffee, soup, cake, biscuits, and other small snacks. They accept credit cards and American cash at higher fees, so bring Canadian dollars if you have them.
There is also a restaurant, deli & cafe in the Fairmont Chateau if you'd like to sit inside to eat after your hike. The upscale Alpine Social is situated by the windows overlooking the lake but can be quite busy throughout the lunch and dinner hours.
For recommendations of places to eat or grocery shop in Lake Louise Village, see your driving route notes.
Parking at the trailhead it extremely limited as the lots fill up fast with visitors. If the parking lot is full, you will likely see automated signs in stating so along the road in Lake Louise Village. Luckily, there is a free shuttle from the overflow parking lot (which is along the Trans Canada Hwy) to the shores of Lake Louise.
The shuttles run daily from May 18 to October 8 and depart every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The last shuttle leaves the Lake Louise Lakeshore at 5:30 p.m.