There are various routes to take to complete this trail. I will try to describe the trail I took.
The trail to Lake Agnes is very popular and you will be with many people. Do not let this discourage you. The sights on this trail are worth it.
The trail head (Elev. 1731 m) is located 0.5 km from the Chateau along the shore side trail. The trail is broad and well maintained. The trail follows a steady incline for 2.6 km to Mirror Lake (Elev. 2027 m). Just before Mirror Lake you will come across a wooden barrier/gate. At this junction, go to your left about 100 meters to Mirror Lake. From here on you may encounter horses and what they leave behind….
Behind Mirror Lake is the Big Beehive. From here you can go left and find a junction to the highline trail and the Lake Agnes Teahouse, or you can go right and head to the Little Beehive, Mount St. Piran or the Teahouse.
Going to the right for about 0.4 km you will find a junction. The right will take you to the Little Beehive (Elev. 2210 m and Mount St. Piran (Elev. 2650 m). To the left you will see a waterfall and the Teahouse. Go to the left for about 0.4 km to the stairs at the waterfall which will lead you to the teahouse (Elev. 2134 m).
From here on you will encounter fewer people since most have the teahouse as their final destination.
Follow the trail around the north side of the lake. You will end up at a step switchback that takes you to the saddle between Devil's Thumb (Elev 2458 m) and the Big Beehive (Elev. 2270 M). This trail and switchback is approximately 1.1 km.
The unmarked trail to the right goes up around the back side of the Devil's Thumb. The trail is 0.7 km long and involves some sections of scree. The view is supposed to be magnificent.
To the left is the Big Beehive. There is no real trail to the hut at the top but after 0.6 km you will find it.
From the Big Beehive/Devil's Thumb junction, head down the south side of the saddle (the side away from Lake Agnes). The trail goes down some switchbacks and is narrow and tougher to navigate. This part of the trail is not as well maintained as the first part going to the teahouse. At the 0.9 km mark you will encounter the Highland / Mirror Lake junction. The right trail leads to the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail. Going left for about 1 km, you end up at Mirror Lake.
From here it is about 3.1 km back to the Chateau.
Unfortunately there was a lot of smoke in the air when the attached photos were taken.
From The Lake Louise Chateau, follow the shore line path for about 500 meters.
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Posted By: ADesouza
- Wed Aug 01 04:00:20 EDT 2012
UpsideGorgeous views at the top!
CommentFor anyone worried about the pic of us sitting at the edge, its an illusion :) My family was quite worried but there was actually more rock just below us :) Absolutely beautiful views of Lake Louise from the top. (very few hikes this short to attain these types of views) Don't just stop at Lake Agnes and the teahouse. Keep on going! It's not much further!
Posted By: cdmonson
- Sun Jul 03 17:48:40 EDT 2011
UpsideMt. Whitlock and Mt. Nibley standing guard over Lake Agnes is definitely one of the prettiest sights in the Canadian Rockies.
DownsideThere are a LOT of people, though we went on a Saturday afternoon in mid-July, so my opinion is probably somewhat skewed. There are also a lot of horse parties. But for me the thing I liked least is that until you get to Mirror Lake, it's an extremely boring hike--a handful of glimpses down to Lake Louise, but otherwise a fairly steep trek through forest on a paved path.
CommentLake Agnes itself is beautiful. If I had it to do over again, I'd skip the Little Beehive. Be prepared for what feels like a miniature version of Lake Louise--too many people! Personally, I think there are better hikes with less effort, fewer people, and greater reward: Consolation Lakes is one of them.
Posted By: kaylalar-son
- Tue Aug 17 23:06:08 EDT 2010
Upsidegreat trail, when on the top of big beehive the trail can connect to another trail that goes to plains of the 6 glaciers. Tea house has really good food , there are also great views of lake louise.
Downsidetrail is very busy at noon hours and parking is also impossible to find. this trail is used by horses also so watch out for droppings and lines of trail riders.
Posted By: blocken
- Tue Feb 02 18:28:32 EST 2010
QuestionIs this accessible in the winter time on snowshoes? It says it is but looking at pictures of the area seems like it would be quite steep with snow?
I'm planning on going there next weekend staying at the Fairmont and would love to get some time up there.
Any help regarding this would be greatly appreciated.
thanks.ANSWERS are in this forum: Big Beehive in the Winter?
Posted By: tadams
- Tue Jul 07 13:39:53 EDT 2009
UpsideBeautiful views, very friendly critters at teahouse and summit, very well maintained trails, multiple route options with varying difficulty.
DownsideThe trail can get quite busy... but it's well worth putting up with.
CommentThe teahouse itself can be very congested, hike prepared and pack some back up snacks in case you decide not to wait in line, or for a seat.