From Lake Louise Village take Lake Louise Drive and head up the hill towards Chateau Lake Louise. Park in the lots to the left of the Chateau. PARKING IS LIMITED. On busy days you can often see cars snaking down past Paradise Bungalows.
Total Gain: 353m
|Type of Hike||Out and Back|
|When to Do||June through October|
Get to the main Lake Louise (not the ski hill, the actual lake) parking lot early, as it fills up quickly, even midweek. When you leave the parking lot, head in the direction of Lake Louise. Once you’ve arrived, continue hugging the right-hand side of the water, passing the beautiful Chateau Lake Louise (1,745m). Continue on the lake for a short while before a sign indicates the path leading off to the right towards Lake Agnes. This path through the forest rises steadily uphill and you will most likely see many people on this path huffing and puffing if they aren’t used to the altitude.
During your ascent you will get flashes of Lake Louise through the trees, however your first main viewpoint will be Mirror Lake (2028m). This comes at roughly 2.7km, having gained 275m of elevation. This is a lovely little lake, but is a mere appetizer for what will come later. At the lake, you will want to head to the right, following the signposts to “Lake Agnes”.
After another 1km, you will be at Lake Agnes (2,130m), a beautiful mountain lake with a lovely little tea house. The Lake Agnes Tea House operates 9am – 6pm in the summer, and 10am – 5.30pm in September and October. If you arrive here after 10:30am, expect it to be crowded with other vacationers. However if you manage to get here early, you may be lucky enough to have the place all to yourself. If time permits, it’s definitely recommended to take a break here. The delicious tea and fresh baked goods they offer will provide the energy you need should you choose to continue on to another trail.
- Try to begin before 9am or after 4pm for fewer crowds and better access to parking.
- If the Tea House is too crowded, walk to the end of the lake and you can usually have the place to yourself.
- There are lots of ways to extend this hike, such as up to Mt. St. Piran or over to the other tea house at Plain of the 6 Glaciers.