Lake Agnes / Beehive / Highline Trail / Plain of Six Glaciers Circuit - Sun, Jul 7 2013

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Lake Agnes / Beehive / Highline Trail / Plain of Six Glaciers Circuit (7/7/2013)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location:Lake Louise
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jul 7 2013  10:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jul 6 2013 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:7 hours + driving
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Bruce F
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 8 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: About 19-20 kms
Total Elevation Gain: About 800 m
Pace: Relaxed

We will follow a circuit going initially to Lake Agnes, then on to the Highline Trail, on to the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail to its viewpoint, and returning along the shoreline of Lake Louise.

Trail description:

Lake Agnes:
This classic, mostly forested trail takes you to a lovely teahouse nestled in beside Lake Agnes and offers fabulous views down to Lake Louise and the Chateau. Start on the wide Lakeshore Trail in front of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and branch right at the first signed junction only 100m from the start. The trail climbs moderately and soon reverts to a dirt path as it begins a long traverse along the edge of a narrow ridge. As you near Mirror Lake, the grade steepens.

From tiny, shaded Mirror Lake, the shortest route to the teahouse is to the left, around the west side of Mirror Lake, but the most scenic option is the slightly longer sidetrip northeast to Little Beehive, with its spectacular views north to the Great Divide. At the teahouse, the best views of Lake Louise are from the exhibits platform a few steps past the teahouse, above the waterfall.

Lake Agnes Teahouse is the highest situated tea room in Canada. It was built in 1901 by the Canadian Pacific Railway and rebuilt in 1981. It is open daily from late June until early October, and the menu includes homemade soup, sandwiches, desserts and tea.

Highline Trail:
Rather than returning the way we came, we will continue to the far end of Lake Agnes, then drop down switchbacks to meet up with the Highline Trail. From here, the Highline Trail follows a more or less level course. It emerges on top of the cliffs at the far end of Lake Louise with breathtaking views down to the lake and back to the Chateau. Further on, the glaciated mountains of the upper valley come into view.

Plain of Six Glaciers Trail:
Joining up with the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail, we continue up the valley where we will see moraines abandoned by receding glaciers, enormous gravel fields (sometimes concealing underlying glaciers) and finally, icy crevassed Victoria Glacier. Glaciated peaks encircle this area. We will pass another teahouse, continues up the valley to a viewpoint of Abbot Pass and the Death Trap, the enormous glacier-filled gorge between Mounts Victoria and Lefroy.

Required Items to Bring:
·Water (long day - be prepared...2-3 litres)
·Lunch & snacks
·Hiking boots
·Rain & wind gear regardless of the weather forecast
·Park pass or $$ for entry into Banff National Park
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
· Hiking poles
· Sunscreen
· First-aid kit
· Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head west on Hwy 1 (Trans-Canada) and continue to the Lake Louise Exit. Follow the signs up to Lake Louise.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):360Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $126.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.35, effective Friday, August 12, 2022). This is based on $0.16/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Alternately your carpool driver may choose to split the maintenance cost plus the actual gas cost among all in the vehicle. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual cost among all people in the vehicle.


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Cost & Payment:
Voluntary Donations:Although there is no cost for this event, please note that the club survives on voluntary donations. Please consider making a donation based on the value you feel you receive from the club. See our How You Can Help page for more information.

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