2 to 3 hours / 6K return
Park at the Chateau Lake Louise parking lot at Lake Louise. Banff National Park.
Walk a short distance past the front of the chateau towards the Lake Agnes
signed trail marker, northwest side of
Lake Louise. Follow the trail as
is winds it's way up several switch
backs with nice views of Lake
Louise below. As you gain elevation you'll
notice a mountain on your left
called the Bee Hive named after
it's Bee Hive shape. Just below Lake
Agnes, the trail turns into a section
of wooden steps climbing up a
short rock face. A small water fall
that flows from the lake tumbles
down the headwall on your right. Once you arrive
at the lake, you'll see the Lake
Agnes Tea House and several log
benches resting on a rock slate patio.
Lake Agnes is a classic Rocky Mountain tarn lake. Expect to see hordes of people
here during the summer months. You can enjoy a cup of tea
while admiring the views of Lake
Agnes and the surrounding peaks or
keep going to the top of the Bee Hive.
It's well worth
the effort to explore the lakes shoreline
by hiking the trail along the north side of the lake. Once you
reach the end of the lake, the trail
starts to climb up a steep set of
switchbacks towards the summit of
the Bee Hive. When you arrive at the
summit follow the trail to your
left towards the end of the ridge
and the top of the Bee Hive.
Here you will find a wooden pagoda
with excellent views of the Bow
Valley Parkway, Lake Louise and
Chateau Lake Louise below. Another
option is to descend the marked
Beehive trail down to Lake Louise or
Plain of Six Glaciers.
Local campgrounds include
Castle Mountain and
Plain of Six
Larch Valley & Sentinel Pass,
Mount Fairview, Mount Temple,
located near here.
You are in bear country.