We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Most memorable hiking ever” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Louise Hiking

Lake Louise Hiking
| Lake Louise, Alberta T0L 1E0, Canada
Improve this listing
Attraction details
Pensacola, Florida
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Most memorable hiking ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

If you visit Lake Louise, you must allow several hours to do some serious hiking, or you miss the most magnificent part of Lake Louise. Don't just stand on the lakefront - get out and hike. This review is based on middle and late June trail conditions. August would be most ideal for all trails.

Lake Agnes Hike - most worthwhile hike. Allow a few hours roundtrip. It's all uphill, and it's exhausting, but very rewarding. Mid June can still have ice/snow/mud, though much nicer trail by late June. At a switchback you are at the right elevation to see the beautiful glacial coloring in the lake. Bring money for snacks at the Lake Agnes tea house (cash only accepted). Lake Agnes is beautiful with some ice still on the lake in June.

Fairview Lookout - not that exciting of a hike, but nice view of the hotel from the end of the trail. Do this late afternoon/early evening for the best sunlight on the hotel for your pictures. Allow about an hour roundtrip.

Lakefront Trail - good for those who can't handle uphill hikes, or if the weather isn't ideal. You can take the trail as far back as you like, even at night. Beautiful view of the hotel from the back of the lake. You can continue to the Plain of Six Glaciers from there (which I have not done yet).

Little Beehive - further uphill from Lake Agnes, if you have time. Affords nice views with an easier trail than the Big Beehive.

Big Beehive - In late June, it's possible but be sure you have hiking poles and hiking boots/shoes with good tread. The snow, ice, and rocks were too hard for me to navigate though I went partway. My husband made it to the top and got some absolutely awesome pictures. He said the path down to Mirror Lake was easier than the switchbacks behind Lake Agnes. I'm told from hiking guides that getting to Big Beehive from the Mirror Lake path is more advisable in June.

Visited June 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

33 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Regina, Saskatchewan
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“One of the best picnic spots ever...but you have to earn it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

The best picnic spot requires two hours of uphill hiking and a backpack full of good food and a bottle of wine. Pick up groceries in Canmore or Banff then drive to Lake Louise. Don't let the tourists discourage you just start walking to the back of the lake and keep going. After a few hours you will rise above the lake and the tree line coming to the plains of six glaciers. You can find some rocks to sit on and marvel at the view. Snow above, trees below and very few tourists. No spot quite like it and worth the climb. Sip some wine and feel like your are on top of the world (make sure to wear good hiking shoes).

Visited July 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cork, Ireland
1 review
“looking for advice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

hi, 3 freinds and i are travelling to canada this week. we arrive in vancover and are then renting a car and heading to banff, whistler, jasper, lake louise. we are hoping to do some of the hicking trains. im wondering what is best to pack. i read on some reviews that there could still be snow so we are trying to decide if sneakers/runners will be enough or do we need our hiking boots. we are trying to keep weight down in the bags. also what is the weater generally like in mid july and any advice on perhaps other places to stop at

Thanks in advance

Visited June 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Lake Louise Hiking also viewed

Lake Louise, Banff National Park
Lake Louise, Banff National Park
Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies
Lake Louise, Banff National Park

Been to Lake Louise Hiking? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Lake Louise Hiking, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.