There are two Lake Louise Tea House hikes. The first being the Lake Agnes Tea House, and the second, the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House. Both have functional tea houses in the summer months. The staff hike up to the tea houses with groceries a few times a week. Both have amazing views along the way.
If you are doing the hike early or late in the season you will want to check their websites to make sure they are operational. The dates change each year, especially the opening dates. However, you can still do the hike even if the tea houses aren’t open.
Now if you are dedicated, it is possible to do both in one day, on the Highline trail, as they trails are connected. But for those of you who aren’t looking for a long day hike, this article is for you.
Completed: August 2012
Length: 10.3 km return. Lake Louise shore to tea house. 3 – 5 hours.
Elevation Gain: 7005 feet
The trail head for the Lake Agnes Tea House starts along the Lake Shore Trail of Lake Louise. From the trail head on you are consistently gaining elevation via, and will eventually hit a series of switchbacks.
I would suggest to arrive early as this tends to be the busiest of the tea house hikes.
This trail is scenic, with varies photo opportunities on the way up.
This is a great hike to do if you want to combine a short additional hike to it. Popular ones to choose from are: The Little Beehive, and Big Beehive. When I did this hike we chose to combine it with the Big Beehive.
After completing the first part of the hike you will arrive at Mirror Lake.
After arriving you don’t have much further to go. Below is a picture of the Big Beehive that you will be hiking to the top of. You will see it right away after arriving at Mirror Lake.
Right before you continue on the trail to Lake Agnes there is a waterfall that make for a great photo op. You have about 20 minutes left to go.