Big Beehive

Banff National Park

Bonus hike past Lake Agnes to an incredible viewpoint above Lake Louise.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
10 km
Ascent
594 m
Descent
594 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
20˚
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Big Beehive Map

Description

One of the best views of Lake Louise is atop The Big Beehive, where you can gaze upon the turquoise water from high above. Sometimes called the Beehive for short (though there is another rock called Little Beehive), this formation is the buttress that’s reflected in Mirror Lake, and it’s said to resemble a giant beehive. To get there, hike past Mirror Lake, up to Agnes Lake and the teahouse.

Take rest there if you wish, then continue along the lakeshore on a trail that’s a bit rockier than what you took to get there. It’s relatively flat at first, but after rounding the lake, you’ll zigzag upward through the trees. This part is quite steep but not very long. At the top, you’ll be on the rounded ridgeline that forms the Beehive, and an easy path leads the remainder of the way to the stunning overlook.

There is one small shade structure there, but it’s no place to be in bad weather. Descend quickly if you feel like a storm is coming on, and don’t go at all if the forecast looks ugly. The major reward is the view, anyhow, so it’s not worth risking on a stormy day. Also note that the trail around Lake Agnes crosses some north-facing slopes where snow lingers well into June. Be prepared with traction devices if you expect icy conditions.

Sources: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/randonee-hiking/lakelouise https://www.wmsll.com/lake-louise-trails/hiking-trail-guide.php

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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