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Plain of Six Glaciers Lake Louise Tea House Hike

  Ratings:    Ratings 5 Star
Level: Moderate Time/Dist: 3 to 6 hours / 9K return Elevation Gain: 365m

Trailhead: Park at the Chateau Lake Louise parking lot at Lake Louise. Banff National Park.

Description: Walk past the front of the chateau and follow the trail on the northwest side of Lake Louise. 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 Hoary Marmots that can't be missed as they whistle at your presence. Once you reach the lookout you  can look back towards Lake Louise and the hanging glaciers on top of Mount Victoria. You can also look up Abbot Pass towards 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.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Lake Louise, Mosquito Creek, Protection Mountain, Castle Mountain and Johnston Canyon. Trailheads to Consolation Lakes, Paradise ValleyLarch Valley & Sentinel Pass, Moraine Lake, Eiffel Lake, Wenkchemma Pass, Lake Annette, Lake Agnes, Mount FairviewMount Temple, Taylor Lake, Twin Lakes, Obrien Lake, Rockbound Lake, Boom Lake, Bourgeau Lake, are all located near here. You are in bear country.

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Palin of Six Glaciers Lake Louise Tea House Banff National Park
   
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Canadian Pacific Hotel Chateau Lake Louise Lake Louise, Mount Lefroy, Victoria Glacier
   
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Palin of Six Glaciers Lake Louise Tea House Banff National Park Palin of Six Glaciers Lake Louise Tea House Banff National Park
   
Palin of Six Glaciers Lake Louise Tea House Banff National Park Palin of Six Glaciers Lake Louise Tea House Banff National Park
   
Palin of Six Glaciers Lake Louise Tea House Banff National Park Palin of Six Glaciers Lake Louise Tea House Banff National Park
Lateral Moraine Lefroy And Victoria glaciers Mount Lefroy
   
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Mount Lefroy, Mount Victoria  
   
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Lake Louise Mount Lefroy, Mount Victoria.
   
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Steel Cable Cliff Ledge  
   
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Cliff Ledge Alternate Trail Below.  
   
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Lake Louise  
   
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Lefroy Glacier Mount Lefroy, Mount Victoria, Abbot Pass
   
 
   
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  The Miter And Lefroy Glacier
   
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Mount Victoria Hanging Glacier  
   
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Abbot Pass Between Mount Lefroy And Mount Victoria  
   
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  Moraines From The Lefroy Glacier
   
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Arriving At The Tea House Tea House
   
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Benches at the Tea House  
   
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  Tea House Meadows
   
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Hoary Marmot  
   
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Palin of Six Glaciers Lake Louise Tea House Banff National Park Palin of Six Glaciers Lake Louise Tea House Banff National Park
   
Palin of Six Glaciers Lake Louise Tea House Banff National Park Palin of Six Glaciers Lake Louise Tea House Banff National Park
Lateral And Terminal Moraines  
   
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