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Little Beehive

Banff National Park

Steep hike past Lake Agnes to a dramatic clifftop viewpoint.

Hiking Moderate

8.8 km
501 m
501 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
2.2 km
Little Beehive Map

Little Beehive is a rocky summit near Lake Agnes that grants an especially wide panorama. From the top you can see over Lake Louise and much of the Bow River Valley unfolding below, and mountains all around. The formation is named in conjunction with Big Beehive, which is the prominent buttress above Mirror Lake.


To get to Little Beehive, you’ll begin on the wide path toward Lake Agnes, but shortly after passing Mirror Lake you’ll turn on a steeper and narrower trail. The views get good right away, as this trail leaves the tall trees and crosses a more open slope of shorter vegetation. It doesn’t stay so steep for very long, but remains somewhat uphill and rocky. Soon you’ll encounter truly jaw-dropping views from clifftop vantage points.

The hike mapped here is the most direct route to Little Beehive, but it can also be linked with a trip to Lake Agnes with a little extra distance. A separate trail leads from Lake Agnes to join with the route mapped here. Be wary of conditions when hiking to Little Beehive. Because of the exposure and steepness near the top, it can be dangerous in bad weather. On a dry and clear day, however, this is one of the most rewarding hikes at Lake Louise.

Sources: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/randonee-hiking/lakelouise



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.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between May and October


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

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