Plain of Six Glaciers + Lake Agnes + Lake Louise, Banff NP (Canada)
Plain of Six Glaciers, Canada
Plain of Six Glaciers + Lake Agnes + Lake Louise, Banff NP (Canada) Reviews
Mar 14, 2007
This is another beautiful hike in the Canadian Rockies. My wife and I went there in 1999. Starting point is the Château Lake Louise at the famous lake. Come early to get a great view of the lake and to avoid the crowds of tourists!
There are several trails in the lake area. We chose to go for the Plain of Six Glaciers including a nice side-trip to beautiful Lake Agnes. The trail to Lake Agnes (2.2 miles/3,5 km one way, elevation gain: 390 m (1280 ft)) starts at the northeastern shore close to the hotel. Follow the trail through the forest. This part is not spectacular but you can catch great glimpses of Lake Louise during the ascent (see picture). If you have enough time I recommend another short side-step to the summit of Little Beehive. Great panorama!
Lake Agnes is set in a majestic cirque formed by several mountains. A perfect place for a rest. We did not take the same way back but followed the Highline Trail to the Plain of Six Glaciers and Abbot Pass Lookout. This is the long part of the trip. Tip: Do not stop at the tea house on the small meadow but go on for the final section to the Abbot Pass Lookout! The last part of the trail offers great views of Mount Victoria and Mount Lefroy. An impressive glacial landscape. In the opposite direction Lake Louise is visiblle far in the distance.
Hiking back is easy. Just take the trail that does lead you to the lake shore.
2,500 ft/765 m
11.25 miles/18 km
It can be pretty windy (and cool) in the final section. Even on sunny days.
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