T 4 Two - Lake Agnes / Beehive / Highline Trail / Plain of Six Glaciers Circuit

  • July 1, 2013 · 7:30 AM
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NOTE: Banff National Park permits Group Hiking, but no more than 10 per group. There are now two Host's for this Event so we will expand our Attending List and divide the group so that we have two groups of 10 or less. We will allow 20 - 30 minutes between the two groups to reduce our impact.
Thank you!

Tea 4 Two

Lake Agnes / Beehive /

Highline Trail / Plain of Six Glaciers Circuit

To Attend: review event details and answer the questions in RSVP

The Basics:
Event Type: T4 Hike http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/Trail_Rating_System/
Event Location: Lake Louise
Date(s) & Time: Monday, July[masked]:30 AM Carpool Departure
Event Duration: 8-9 hours + driving
Difficulty Rating: T4: Difficult

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: 19 - 20 km
Elevation Gain: 800

Summer arrived last week, and the weather forecast is looking good for the weekend. So if the Highways are ready, then this is a GO!

We will follow a circuit going initially to Lake Agnes, then on to the Highline Trail, on to the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail to its viewpoint, and returning along the shoreline of Lake Louise.

The pace will be MODERATE. Given the total distance and elevation, this event is for EXPERIENCED hikers only. No slowpokes or beginners.

Depending on the group, we may stop on our way back in Banff for a bite.

Lake Agnes:
This classic, mostly forested trail takes you to a lovely teahouse nestled in beside Lake Agnes and offers fabulous views down to Lake Louise and the Chateau. Start on the wide Lakeshore Trail in front of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and branch right at the first signed junction only 100m from the start. The trail climbs moderately and soon reverts to a dirt path as it begins a long traverse along the edge of a narrow ridge. As you near Mirror Lake, the grade steepens.

From tiny, shaded Mirror Lake, the shortest route to the teahouse is to the left, around the west side of Mirror Lake, but the most scenic option is the slightly longer sidetrip northeast to Little Beehive, with its spectacular views north to the Great Divide. At the teahouse, the best views of Lake Louise are from the exhibits platform a few steps past the teahouse, above the waterfall.

Lake Agnes Teahouse is the highest situated tea room in Canada. It was built in 1901 by the Canadian Pacific Railway and rebuilt in 1981. It is open daily from late June until early October, and the menu includes homemade soup, sandwiches, desserts and tea.

Highline Trail:
Rather than returning the way we came, we will continue to the far end of Lake Agnes, then drop down switchbacks to meet up with the Highline Trail. From here, the Highline Trail follows a more or less level course. It emerges on top of the cliffs at the far end of Lake Louise with breathtaking views down to the lake and back to the Chateau. Further on, the glaciated mountains of the upper valley come into view.

Plain of Six Glaciers Trail:
Joining up with the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail, we continue up the valley where we will see moraines abandoned by receding glaciers, enormous gravel fields (sometimes concealing underlying glaciers) and finally, icy crevassed Victoria Glacier. Glaciated peaks encircle this area. We will pass another teahouse, continues up the valley to a viewpoint of Abbot Pass and the Death Trap, the enormous glacier-filled gorge between Mounts Victoria and Lefroy.

Items to Bring:
· Parch Repellant - 2-3 LITERS of H2O plus snacks and lunch
· Proper hiking boots
· Dress in layers - you'll warm up & cool down quickly. Weather can change quickly BE PREPARED for sun, rain, snow, wind!!!
· Bear spray
· First aid kit
· Money for carpool - $25 for gas per person, paid in cash to your driver at the end of the day.

Recommended Items:
· Hiking poles
· Gaiters
· GPS
· Camera
Event Directions: From Calgary follow Hwy 1 west to Lake Louise. Park in the upper parking lot by the public washrooms.

WAIVERS: Your consent is required for attending this event. You will be asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please read the Waiver by clicking HERE. I will bring the group waiver form with me to the Calgary Meetup location and the trail-head. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this hike.

Your Hosts are volunteers and not trained guides. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, your current physical condition, current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip and you are responsible for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.

Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning. Your participation is at the discretion of your Event Host.

 

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  • Pearl T.

    Great day, gorgeous view and beautiful people. Just wonder if anyone pick up a set of hiking poles. I think I left them by the bench when we took pictures.

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Pearl T.

      You are such a beautiful woman, inside out! I live in Airdrie. or I can see you at your next hike. Thanks!!!

      July 2, 2013

    • Barb

      Hey Pearl. How does today work for you? Text me at[masked]

      July 3, 2013

  • Paul

    Good morning...just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for such a great day yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed our time on the trail. The sights really were amazing...we covered a lot of ground and gained a lot of elevation. We had blue sky and sunshine throughout the day and though it was hot it was so good. I'm pretty sure we ended up doing everything you could do in that area for the hiking between Lake Agnes and the Plain of Six Glaciers.
    We walked in silence deep in thoughts, we laughed, we goofed off, we met challenges and gained the upper hand, and in the end we got to know one another a bit better...that is so valuable.
    Here's hoping you have a great week with memories that you can recall with a smile....your sun burns will remind you of that for awhile.
    Sláinte
    Paul

    4 · July 2, 2013

    • Anna

      Amen

      1 · July 2, 2013

    • Barry M

      I second that. The aches and pains of the distance and elevation will be gone in a day, but the pic's and memory of the accomplishment will life for ever. Thanx St. P.

      2 · July 2, 2013

  • Barb

    Amazing day!!!! Amazing hike!!! Amazing peeps!!! ;D This makes me so happy and content.... Thank you everyone for a day to remember!!!!

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Karen L

    A truly memorable day. Thanks Paul.

    2 · July 2, 2013

  • George

    I'm sorry to do this again, but I am a no show today. I'm going to spend the 1st of July sick in bed.

    July 1, 2013

  • Judith A.

    Hi!
    I thought I received a "you are in" notice for this hike for which I signed up a week ago, but don't find myself on the list! Will keep checking. Not a problem- can spend a third day on cleanup but was kind of looking forward to escaping on Monday. Did I neglect to confirm or something?

    June 30, 2013

  • Karen L

    I will meet you at the parking lot near the
    bathrooms at Lake Louise.

    June 30, 2013

  • catalin

    Hey guys, what is wrong with you? I asked a few days ago if the bear spray is required, and I see that my comment is gone. Of course, the coordinator didn't bother to answer, although I also send her a message as well.

    June 29, 2013

  • Barry M

    Looking forward to the day in the mountains:-)

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Karen L

    Great Paul! I will lead the slower folks behind you!

    June 27, 2013

  • Anna

    So highway 1 is accessible?

    June 27, 2013

  • George

    Riding with Anne.

    June 27, 2013

  • Paul G

    I can drive and take 2 others.

    June 27, 2013

15 went

  • Paul
    Gold Member, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Barb
    Gold Member, AST 1 ,
    Event Host
  • Anne M.
    Gold Member
  • Olga
    Gold Member
  • Pearl T.
    Gold Member
  • Paul G
    Gold Member, Assistant Organizer
  • Anna
    Gold member
  • Shellie
    Gold Member, Assistant Organizer
  • Bob S.
    Premier Member, Backpacking 101
  • Barry M
    Gold Member / Navigation
  • Tonia
    Gold Member, AST 1, Special Member Forever!
  • Oscar M
    Platinum Member, Co-Organizer
  • Sidney
    狼 láng (Wolf) - Gold Member, AST 1 ,
  • Karen L
    Platinum Member, Co-Organizer

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