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Plain of Six Glaciers offers awe-inspiring views, wildlife encounters, and the option to rest and refresh with a cup of hot tea. Moderately challenging and heavily trafficked, the hike starts at Lake Louise shoreline and finishes at the teahouse. Along the way, you'll pass tall cliffs ideal for rock climbing, an area with avalanche chutes, a narrow valley, meadows, and alpine groves. The last section of the trail near the ascent is quite steep and slippery, but the views from the top are well worth the effort. Note that dogs must be kept on leash. Before you head to Banff National Park, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Banff National Park travel planner, to make sure you see all that Banff National Park has to offer, including Plain of Six Glaciers.
Tours to Plain of Six Glaciers
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Plain of Six Glaciers reviews
This was a great hike. Wonderful views. Good distance. Some nice uphills Nice to stop at tea house. Go early to escape the crowds (ie 730 am) The trails are a bit narrow at places -Make...
This was a great hike. Wonderful views. Good distance. Some nice uphills Nice to stop at tea house. Go early to escape the crowds (ie 730 am) The trails are a bit narrow at places -Make... more »
The scenery and surroundings for many of us is a once in a lifetime experience. While not easy or inexpensive to get too, it is worth traveling there.
The scenery and surroundings for many of us is a once in a lifetime experience. While not easy or inexpensive to get too, it is worth traveling there. more »
Fantastic walk… but wear walking boots. It starts off gently alongside Lake Louise but does increase gradient steadily although not as steep as the alternative tea house walk. When you get to the...
Fantastic walk… but wear walking boots. It starts off gently alongside Lake Louise but does increase gradient steadily although not as steep as the alternative tea house walk. When you get to the... more »
Awesome hike. ☺️ not hard but rewarding. Don’t waste money in the tea house though. Drinks and desserts were awful there.
Absolutely beautiful hike! We started from Lake Louise and with all the stop and photo taking it took us about 6 hours. Very doable even if challenging at times. Be sure to keep going after the tea house for incredibly views of the glaciers.
We hit this tea house on the tea house challenge hike, starting on the lake Agnes tea house trail! We hiked to mirror lake first, and then continued to the lake Agnes tea house and stopped to have tea. Lines were long here since it’s relatively short hike to get to, so plan to take tea to-go, or wait for a table! The tea was great though. Then we took the big beehive trail around the lake and up to big beehive- stopping for an epic snack break view! Then we took the big beehive trail down to meet the highline trail, to connect with the plain of six glaciers trail. This took us to the second tea house of the day- plain of six glaciers tea house! The views here are as epic as they sound, an up close view of six different glaciers across a lovely meadow. Here we got lunch- hot meal of the day- veggie chili, tea biscuits and jam, PB&J sandwich, and some lemonade! Not sure about lake Agnes, but this teahouse closes at 2 pm, so plan accordingly! You can even hike another short out and back trail to the plain of six glaciers viewpoint, which had me shaking in my hiking boots. It can get a bit windy up there, so be prepared for a little adrenaline! But seriously the most epic hike we’ve ever done. It was about 12 mi/19 km, and worth every step! On the way back we took the plain of six glaciers trail all the way back down to lake Louise, which I suggest since it’s more flat and a beautiful view the entire way as you get closer to the lake. Your legs will thank you!
Really spectacular hike up, the views are amazing. We even got to see an avalanche on a far off mountain from the top. Last trek from the tea house is a significant elevation gain and very windy. The whole hike, but especially the end, you have to hike through snow (June 26), which lengthens the hike a lot. Make sure to wear lots of sunscreen, a lot of the hike isn’t shaded by trees and I got really burnt. At the top it is so windy, my hat got blown off the mountain while I was taking pictures. Lots of small waterfalls along the trail as well. Overall, really cool hike but be careful especially at the end where there is steep drop offs from the trail. Parking for this hike is at Lake Louise, and you have to hike the lakeshore trail for 3km before you get to the Plain of Six Glaciers trailhead.
2 hours hike one way from lake louise. Once you get to the tea house, it's 1.3 km more. I would say just do half the stretch of the second one. As the views don't get any better after a point. Need average fitness, on the way back , if ready to put another 4 hours in total you van hike to agnes lake, mirror lake and bee hike. Visiting all the tea houses in one day is an amazing experience. Be here by 7 am to get a parking spot by lake louise . Washrooms Ara available at parking areas, then you only find them by the tea houses. Be prepared , have a bottle of water water, some energy bars, sun glass, good to have rain jacket , winter cap as the weather could change very quickly up there. Rains at least in my experience haven't lasted for long. Trail to queen agnes got a Lotta mosquitos so get a spray if ain't a fan of them . Best of luck
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