Day Hikes Near Lake Louise
by Don Beers (Rocky Mountain Books)
© Don Beers/Rocky Mountain Books. All Rights Reserved.
One of the coolest, most unique, hikes in the Canadian Rockies is the 8-mile roundtrip trek in Banff National Park from majestic Lake Louise up to the Plain of Six Glaciers. Jeff and did this hike on the sixth day of our honeymoon. (Date hiked: August 14, 2009.) Read the full write-up at: http://www.greeneadventures.com/2011/01/18/canadian-rockies-hiking-to-the-remote-alpine-plain-of-six-glaciers-for-afternoon-tea/
If you only have time for one “moderately strenuous” hike while in Banff NP, this is it! The views along the trail are stunningly beautiful, not to mention the view from the top. Most interesting is to see the work of the glaciers up close, from the silt-filled waters entering Lake Louise, to the moraine terminals, the snouts of the glaciers, and looking down on the glaciers themselves. We also witness several dramatic avalanches coming off the snowpacks on the cliffs above (well out of harms way). While the teahouse is a worthy destination, going the extra distance to the top is worth every hard-earned step! Perhaps not for the faint of heart.
We wanted the full Banff experience, and were told this was an excellent choice, and it was. AS we climbe3d toward Glacier valley, we saw a increasingly beautiful view of Lake Louise below. I took my three girls (6,7,10), and they accomplished the hike to the Tea House. The highlight of our entire trip was having cold lemonade (3/10) and chocolate cake (9/10) while overlooking the valley. Small streamlets cascaded from the wall at the head of the canyon, teh conversation with the Tea House owner was great. I could have stayed there for a long time.
Well worth the hike!!!!
We followed the well-worn path along the lake on skis, then on foot once it started to climb. The view of the mountains from the plain is really beautiful. For those with good back-country ski ability, the route up and back from the end of the lake would be easily negotiated. I would recommend snowshoes for those like me who are a little less certain of their ability in deep uncut snow.
This was a great trail with fantastic views of the glaciers and Lake Louise. You start at the Chateau Lake Louise and walk around the lake and start ascending up to the glaciers. The trail is well maintained and popular. Be sure to stop at the Plain of the Six Glaciers Teahouse near the top of the trail for some homemade scones and jam. I really liked this trail and think it is a must if you travel to this area.
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