Clearly the reason people flock to Lake Louise is to see the most photographed piece of water in the world in person. The crystal clear water, quirky rocks and squirrel friends all aid in overlooking the beautiful reflection of the mountains in this lake. Having the Lake Louise Chateau next to it just adds to the awe-inspiring view. I get it, it was amazing. So we made sure we got there nice and early to take in the view before starting the Tea House hikes.
Plain of the Six Glaciers
We decided to go the anti-clockwise route and head to the Six Glaciers tea house first. We probably started the hike along the side of Lake Louise at 7am. It starts off nice and flat(ish) and there were a number of people on the track, many of them just going for the walk/run to the end of the lake and back. Once you get to the back of the lake (about 2-3km), there is a track that ascends slowly but surely.
Soon you leave the grassy lake side behind and it moves into more rocky terrain. Make sure you keep looking backwards to see the Chateau on the other side. The lake actually doesn’t leave your view until you get to the last 1 kilometre where it’s mostly switchbacks.
Then, you’re at the Tea House and it is magnificent. Everything a tea house should be - quaint, warm, wooden and it even has little prayer flags adorned to it. I was annoyed we weren't the first to arrive that morning, but soon felt better when I was helping Phil eat the cake of the day (blueberry I think?) and a hot coffee (yes I had coffee at a tea house - I have an addiction people!) to help me keep going.
Lake Agnes Tea House
So we had to walk back down to the tee junction where we could continue on to Lake Agnes. The path went slowly and surely further up and we got some magnificent views of the Chateau peeking behind the trees.
Along the way there was a detour to big bee hive lookout. We didn’t end up doing this as were recommended little beehive lookout instead. We hiked 5km kilometres before reaching the stairs that led up up and up to the Tea House. It was just as beautiful but quite crowded and we were lucky to get a seat. We both had tea (Phil tried the popcorn tea) and decided to follow the sign to Beehive lookout.
Unfortunately, we followed the wrong sign and Phil ended up going to big beehive instead of little beehive. I thankfully stayed back and sat in the sun whilst playing with my squirrel friends.
On our descent, we stopped off at mirror lake and continued back towards Lake Louise. I am glad we went anti-clockwise as the hike back down went on forever, I can’t imagine what it would have been like coming up.
Overall the hike was 19.2km. It wasn’t too hard compared to others (I’m talking ‘bout you Mount Bogong!) but it wasn’t easy either.
Coffeed: Plain of 6 Glacier Tea House
Stayed: Lake Louise Inn
Ate: Lunched at Lake Agnes Tea House, but had dinner at Mountain Restaurant in Lake Louise Village. I would also recommend the wraps at Trailhead Cafe.
Until next hike,