Hours of Operation
- June 4 to October 10: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Closed: Thanksgiving until early June
- Currency: Canadian and US cash or travellers cheques
- Time: half-day hike (1-2hrs one way)
- Distance: 7 km (4.5 miles) return or 3.5 km from Lake Louise
- Elevation Gain: 400 m (1300 ft)
- Altitude: 2135 m (7005 ft)
- Difficultly: moderate, depending on trail conditions (early June or fall may have snow)
- Maps: available at the Lake Louise or Banff visitor centers
- Footware: the trail is relatively smooth all the way. Comfortable running shoes or trainers are recommended. Hiking boots are not necessary. Urban footwear with smooth soles and/or big heels are not recommended.
- Clothing: the mountain weather, especially in the autumn, can change rapidly and be cold and wet. Be sure to bring extra layers if it is cold up at Lake Agnes. Be sure to bring a rain jacket, sweater or fleece, hat and mitts/gloves if you are hiking in June or September.
Hike to Tea House
Your trek to Lake Agnes begins at Chateau Lake Louise (a 10 min car ride from the village of Lake Louise and the Lake Louise Inn):
- From the public parking lot, find the lakeshore trail near the Chateau, and walk along the paved promenade for approximately 200m (Lk. Louise on your left, Chateau on your right).
- Keep an eye out for the Lake Agnes trail, which will branch off just as the Chateau grounds are ending, just past the bronze statue of a Swiss mountain guide. At this point, leave the lakeshore trail and ascend the right hand "fork" in the trail. There should be a sign that says, “Lake Agnes 3.6km”
- The main paved trail, heading all the way around the lake, goes to a different tea house (Plain of Six Glaciers) - DO NOT TAKE THIS TRAIL! The Lake Agnes trail is the short paved trail heading up the hill towards the forest. Take THIS trail to Lake Agnes.
- The Lake Agnes trail will soon enter the forest and cross a horse trail. Here the pavement ends and the true trail begins. Keep following the path upwards through the forest (the first part is the steepest). You will know you have reached halfway when you come to an opening and a switchback in the trail which affords a clear view of Lake Louise below (great place for a photo!)
- Keep on the trail… keep going uphill! After another while you will come to a horse gate and a new trail junction. Make sure you turn left/uphill after the gate; shortly thereafter you will reach Mirror Lake. Once at Mirror Lake you are only 15-20 minutes away from Lake Agnes. From Mirror Lake, if you look up, you can see the Tea House just to the right of the rock face known as the "Big Beehive".
- From Mirror Lake, take the trail to the right and follow it straight to the Tea House. The stairs are the last challenge!
The hike to the tea house should take you an hour to an hour and a half, depending on your fitness level and the weight of your pack.
- Lake Agnes Lookout: 500 m to back of lake
- Little Beehive: 1 km
- Big Beehive: 1.6 km
- High Line Trail: 5 km (Lake Agnes Tea House to Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House)