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.
Tea 4 Two
Lake Agnes / Beehive /
Highline Trail / Plain of Six Glaciers Circuit
To Attend: review event details and answer the questions in RSVP
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
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.
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.
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.
· Hiking poles
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.