Plain of Six Glaciers Trail
Banff Lake Louise Tourism, PO Box 1298, Banff, AB, T1L 1B3
Some of the best scenery in the Lake Louise area can be found along this trail.
|Getting There |||East of Calgary 183 km to Lake Louise|
Profile Last Updated: May 07, 2009
Lake Louise is another major tourist destination and this trail, which features the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse at middle of the 11 km round trip hike from Chateau Lake Louise, offers a gorgeous view of the surrounding peaks and at least six glaciers. The hike can easily be done in a day. Expect it to take one and a half to two hours each way. When you reach the teahouse, you have a good chance or spotting some mountain goats.
With a total climb of 370 meters, the trail isn't a major challenge, but hikers should expect snow high up on the trail as late as early July. However, if you're up to it, another 1.3-km trail beyond the teahouse takes the hiker to a viewpoint of Abbot Pass and the Death Trap, a glacier-filled gorge between Mounts Lefroy and Victoria. The trail is abundant with wildlife including plenty of hoary marmots, a large member of the squirrel family with reddish tails.
Rather than return the same way, hikers can take the Highline Trail and follow it to the marked turnoff to the larger Lake Agnes Teahouse or past Mirror Lake before dropping back to Lake Louise. If you plan on hiking this area in the early spring, do be cautious and call ahead to check out the conditions as it is a known avalanche area.
Starting Point: Off the Trans-Canada Highway at Lake Louise. From the Chateau Lake Louise parking lot, take the Lake Louise trailhead at the front of the hotel.