Mount Saint Piran

Banff National Park

Steep and committing hike to an alpine summit above Lake Louise.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
12 km
Ascent
881 m
Descent
881 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
2.6 km
Gradient
12˚
Mount Saint Piran Map

From the Chateau and the beginning of any hikes at Lake Louise, you can look up and see a wall of mountain peaks. Their summits look far away and inaccessible, but Mount Saint Piran is one that you can actually reach on a hiking trail. It’s the one that rises directly above Lake Agnes and its teahouse, and is the easternmost in the string of peaks north of Lake Louise.

Description

The hike begins as if going to Lake Agnes, along with the throngs of other hikers bound there. Near the lake, you’ll turn onto the less-busy trail to Little Beehive, then turn again onto the nearly empty trail that switchbacks up the rock-strewn face of Saint Piran. It is a straightforward hike once the snow has melted, but very steep. At the top, you’ll have sublime views over the lake far below, and the surrounding taller mountains.

The prime season for this hike is June to September, on any day that the weather is good. Avoid any days with risk of storms because most of the hike is completely exposed above treeline. In the early season and late season, the route is likely to have snow, so you should bring traction devices and possibly other equipment, depending on conditions.

Sources: https://www.summitpost.org/st-piran-scramble/165478

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

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

  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features

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