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Lake Agnes



In front of the Chateau Lake Louise.

GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 51.41732838005499
Longitude: -116.21664047241211


3.5 km (2.2 mi) one way


Short but steep

Ascent Time

1 to 1.5 hours one way

Round Trip Time

around 3 hours

Elevation Gain

400 m (1,300 ft)

Winter Hazards

If you decide to hike up the Big Beehive, do not attempt to shortcut down from the gazebo viewpoint in any direction; there are dangerous cliffs on all sides. Return back along the ridge the way you came. 

Things You'll See

Lake Agnes is hidden in a hanging valley high above Lake Louise, in Banff National Park, AB, Canada. In the early 1900s, a tea house was built by the lake and the present version was built in 1981. It serves refreshments and light snacks from mid-June to early October and is one of the big attractions of this hike. 


The most popular short hike beyond Lake Agnes is to Little Beehive, which provides an excellent panorama of the Bow River and rocky viewpoints overlooking Lake Louise. This 0.9-km (0.6-mi) trail branches uphill from the shore of Lake Agnes just beyond the teahouse. 

From the teahouse, it takes around 15 min to reach the western end of Lake Agnes, where a rough trail switchbacks up a ridge. Traverse eastward (left fork) along the ridge's rocky spine to a gazebo-style shelter at the top of Big Beehive. Total distance: 1.6 km (1 mile). Allow 40 min one way. 

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