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Lake Agnes Professional Review and Guide
"Next to the Lakeshore Trail, this is the most popular walk in the area, if not in Banff Park. Its main attraction is that it passes a teahouse where you can get well-earned refreshments. The walk is short but steep. Although the surrounding mountains are relatively low, they are close and have precipitous faces. Besides the colourful lake and its spectacular setting, the site is famed for the small animals that inhabit the rocks nearby and come out in search of illegal handouts; golden-mantled ground squirrels and Clark’s nutcrackers are the most common beggars. Nearby, marmots, chipmunks, and pikas are common. After dusk, porcupines appear on the trail."
--Don Beers, Short Walks Near Lake Louise (Rocky Mountain Books).
A nice, short trail that will reward you with treats once you reach the Tea House at the top with Lake Agnes. There were not too many people on the trail this day (mainly due to inclement weather). The trail is not too difficult as there was a 88 year old female with her two sons helping her back down the trail. Quite an accomplishment for her!
This trail is nicely maintained but very busy. We went on a weekday and it was still a steady stream of people. The dense foliage prevented good views of Lake Louise, but you get to see Mirror Lake, Lake Agnes, and a very nice waterfall first hand. The hike to little Behive was worth it and we were able to get some good pictures on that leg.
We went on to Big Bee Hive, then headed down the mountain via Highline Trail, but were forced by wild fires to take a short cut to Plain of Six Glaciers Trial back to Lake Louise. The views as we ascended the trail above Lake Agnes were gorgeous!
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