Lake Agnes

Lake Agnes, Lake Louise: Hours, Address, Lake Agnes Reviews: 4.5/5

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Tiny lake only a couple of kilometers away from Lake Louise; a great hiking destination.
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jpk228
New York City, NY16 contributions
Sep 2021
Ascending was bit challenging but it is worth the hike. Make sure to wear proper hiking shoes since some areas are very rocks. Also bring water and a snack. Tea House may be crowded and pricey.
Written September 16, 2021
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Alvin C
Canada1,211 contributions
Jun 2021
This review is for first time visitors and what to expect.

Parking: Chateau Lake Louise parking lot, $11 per vehicle.

Parking lot to trail head: 30 minutes walk

Trail head: 3.4km to Lake Agnes and Tea House

First 1.5 hour: all uphill, 20 to 30 degrees incline. So make sure you have good hiking shoes. Wheelchair and stroller not accessible. You will first arrive at the small Mirror Lake with The Beehive in the background at the 1.5 hour mark.

Next 30 minutes: uphill again til you reach the final wooden steps to the tea house. Lake Agnes is next to the tea house.

NOTE: we went in early June and there was still snow and ice on the lake. The tea house closed at 5pm. The tea house may close later in the summer, so check with the staff at the Chateau Lake Louise for business hours.

When it's time to come down, take the "other" trail down to Mirror Lake, then the same trail back to Lake Louise. Approx. 45 minutes downhill.

Verdict: depending on your age and mobility, Lake Agnes is totally worth it. For myself in my 50's, I was able to make it and it's totally worth it. I hope you can too.
Written June 26, 2021
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Terry B
Toronto, Canada53 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
A popular hike from Lake Louise with a moderately challenging ascent up the switchbacks but with plenty of treats along the way like Mirror Lake and a little waterfall. Lake Agnes itself is enchanting and the cute little teahouse there is a great opportunity to replenish all the carbs you burned on the way up. I was there in late September when the larches are yellow, which made the scenery even more spectacular, especially as reflected on the surface of the lake. If the crowds are too much make a little side trip to either, or both, of the ‘beehives’, which few people seem to do, and offer great views and the chance for quiet contemplation.
Written October 10, 2020
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793sanjays
Charlotte, VT41 contributions
Jul 2021
Our family has hiked up to Lake Agnes perhaps a 100 times in the last 35 years. Obviously we would not go there so many times if Lake Louise and views of Lake Louise from Lake Agnes and the Beehive were not so spectacular. It is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world. However, increasingly the hike has become unpleasant due to piles of horse poop and the unbearable stench of urine from the horse trail rides in the last 700 meters of the path. Often, the slow horses hold up the hikers and they poop and urinate liberally around the hikers making the hike extremely unpleasant overall. It is extremely dangerous for pets that step on and try to eat the horse poop that covers 60% of the last 700 meters of the trail. And of course, there is the issue of humane treatment of the horses.....the Lake Agnes hike will improve 1000% if the trail rides are stopped.
Written July 4, 2021
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MarkAndCathy
Calgary, Canada696 contributions
Jun 2020
It is only 3.4 km from Lake Louise but it is all up hill. The trail is easy, wide and well maintained. The beauty of Mirror Lake (which you pass on the way up) and Lake Agnes make it worth the walk. Lots of people bring kids and dogs (on leash). The Teahouse can get very busy so go early in the morning or pack your own drinks and snacks. Once at Lake Agnes it is a great walk to the far end of the lake and for the adventerous the climb to the top of the Big Beehive is worth the 40 minute climb. The view of Lake Louise from there is world class.
Written June 28, 2020
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buttercup1211
Winnipeg, Canada1,598 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
It was a tough climb but so worth it. The lake was so serene and you could different perspectives of it by walking around it. I liked the little tea house but didn’t get to go in because it was full. We left the trailhead at around noon and got here shortly after 2pm, but we are extremely slow hikers and we take a lot of time resting and taking photos. Mirror Lake enroute to here is where we spent some time resting before climbing again. The trail is rated easy to moderate, but it’s more of a moderate to hard I think if you are just in average shape.
Written October 6, 2020
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IzzyEdmonton
Edmonton, Canada745 contributions
Jun 2021
Starting from Chateau Lake Louise, head towards the trail that takes you to the Tea House. The Tea House is located at Lake Agnes. It is a 3.4 km hike, uphill & then 3.4 km downhill) Most of the trail is shady, so even though it was 36C out there today, we did not overheat. Take your time, stop often to drink water and rest in the shade. A walking or hiking stick would be very helpful to bring. It took us 3 hrs to get to the top because we were going slow, didn't want to push it in the heat. On the way up, you will pass Mirror Lake (the water level is super high right now and the benches & walkways are flooded at the moment) and then eventually, you will reach Lake Agnes.

Lake Agnes is a small but gorgeous lake and it flows into this beautiful waterfall. The Tea House is there and you can get some sandwiches and snacks. There is washroom facility at the Tea House. Rest here and then head back down. Going down was hard on the knees but easier on your heart! It only took us a little over an hour to get back down.

It is well worth the hike as the scenery at the end is very nice.
Written June 28, 2021
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CWT
154991321 contributions
Oct 2020
We arrived at 9:45 on the first monday in October and there were still spots left in the main lot (although they were filling up quickly). The trail is well marked. We hiked to the Lake Agnes Teahouse first. From there we went up to the Little Beehive and then retraced our steps to the Teahouse. We had a quick lunch before hiking up the Big Beehive trail. There was a short section where it switchbacks up that I found a bit uncomfortable not being the best with heights but it would likely not bother most people. We returned by the trail through the forest that joins up with the Highline trail. This takes you back to Mirror Lake. I think this route was longer than if we had gone back to the Teahouse and down from there but I preferred that to doing the switchbacks back down. Loved the views at Lake Agnes and from the tops of both beehives!
Written October 19, 2020
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Oksana P
Newmarket, Canada38 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
Very nice trail.
Amazing scenery.
We started early and finished early before the temperatures got above zero, according to the avalanche.ca recommendations.
The snow is packed up to the Tea house. The spikes are recommended, especially on the stairs at the top.
Written April 14, 2021
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KimJoMo
Edmonton, Canada63 contributions
Jul 2020
This hike took us first to Mirror Lake. There are some neat birds to see up there - Steller's Jay and a Clark's Nutcracker. Then just a little further on to Lake Agnes and the tea house. The tea house is pricey but provided some motivation for our kids to keep hiking. There are outhouses there. From the tea house we hiked Little Beehive. That was the best part of the hike. From there you can see three lakes all at once (Lake Louise, Mirror Lake, and Lake Agnes).
Written August 7, 2020
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