Plain of Six Glaciers Lake Louise Tea House Hike
3 to 6 hours / 9K return
Park at the Chateau Lake Louise parking lot at Lake Louise. Banff National Park.
Walk past the front of the chateau and follow the trail on the northwest side of
Expect hordes of people here during the summer months. The trail then enters into a
narrow valley leading towards Mount Lefroy
and Mount Victoria. Views of Lake Louise,
Mount Lefroy, Mount Victoria and the
Victoria Glacier are unforgettable.
As you hike above the tree line you
can see terminal, ground and lateral
moraines left by the Lefroy and
Victoria glaciers a few 100 years
ago. Today the Lefroy Glacier
is almost gone. There is one small
piece of ice near the base of the
mountain. The Victoria Glacier still
flows down Abbot Pass but has
receded from the
base of Mount Victoria. As the trail
climbs higher you'll come to a low cliff
ledge with a steel cable attached.
Hang onto the cable while
traversing the ledge. If it's
crowded or you're
afraid of heights you can take the
lower ground trail located at the
bottom of the cliff. Once you pass
the cabled ledge you start hiking up
a switch back towards the Tea House.
The Tea House was built by Swiss
guides in 1924. The name "Plain of
Six Glaciers" was from the views
that can be seen from the Tea House
meadow. You can no longer see six
glaciers but can imagine what it
was like back in the day. Once you
arrive at the Tea House the trail
continues on for another 1.3Km
towards a lookout on top of a
lateral moraine. There are a few
that can't be missed as they whistle
at your presence. Once you reach the
you can look back
towards Lake Louise
and the hanging glaciers on top
of Mount Victoria.
You can also look up Abbot Pass
Abbot Hut which is
used by climbers. The Lake Louise route up to Abbot Pass is nicknamed the
Deathtrap due to avalanche, falling rock, falling ice and hidden crevasses near
the top of the pass. While looking across Abbot Pass at the summit of Mount
Lefroy it is interesting to think that Philip Stanley Abbot was killed trying to
summit Mount Lefroy in 1896. Abbot's death was recorded as the first
mountaineering fatality in north America.
Local campgrounds include
Castle Mountain and
Paradise Valley, Larch Valley & Sentinel Pass,
Mount Fairview, Mount Temple,
located near here.
You are in bear country.