I read a post the other day talking about Canadian summers being non-existent, and I can vouch for that. This was taken on June 10th, and I can’t think of many other hikes I miss as much as this one. We went from soaking rain to snow, and had zero Canadian dollars to use to buy hot tea at the hut, so we ate a slice of cold pizza from our packs and hiked back down. To most people that would sound miserable but to me, it was heaven! Definitely bringing money for those famous scones next time though! 💙 📸:@ibethanne
I’d follow this guy anywhere ⛰
I’ve heard people say “you’re my rock”, but you’re my mountain. Steadfast and strong, ready to weather any storm, and damn nice to look at. Every day we spend is an adventure, and every time I see you I know I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.
Happy one year @d_lagrangeii, here’s to a future full of adventures. Who’d have thought we’d be so damn good together? (Everybody shut up 🙄)
🏔Hi ho, the glamorous hike!
📍The Hike to lake Agnes Tea House (4.4 miles RT) and Little Beehive (6 miles RT): •
Enjoy this moderate hike that winds through 3 lakes, a waterfall, pauses at a tea house built in 1901, and climbs to panoramic views of Lake Louise and the mountains surrounding her topaz waters. (Open early June-October. Avalanches and deep snow make this area inaccessible during winter.)
The almost 3 mile roundtrip hike may take anywhere from 1-3 hours, pending fitness level, your photography prowess, and how long it takes you to polish off a pot of tea. •
Follow the trail along Lake Louise’s shore until you reach the sign for Lake Agnes Tea House on the right. Ascend the 1,312ft. high trail through pine forested switchbacks until you reach Mirror Lake, a small pool that more than earns its name. •
Continue upwards for approximately 20 more minutes until you reach Lake Agnes and the Tea House. Grab a seat outside and order some tea and a snack from their surprisingly extensive menu, including sandwiches and slices of pie. This is a popular hike, and chances are you’ll have to be a hawk in order to nab a table. Bring cash—cards are not accepted. Bathrooms are nearby. •
If you’re as panorama obsessed as I am, continue onward to Little Beehive (approximately .75 more miles one way). Should the weather be clear, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of both Lake Louise and Mirror Lake on your ascent (see 📸). •
Fun Fact: The people working at the Tea House spend about four days a week LIVING on Lake Agnes. Yup—that’s right—they’re glamping in the mountains for the summer, either above the Tea House or in two nearby cabins. My server was a former professional clarinet player from the UK who decided she needed a change of pace, and wound up in Banff. The Tea House is regularly restocked by these workers, who hike the trail 2-4 times a week, and via an annual helicopter visit. •