On the one day of sunshine that has graced my trips to Lake Louise we (Lisa and I) went on the little beehive hike. Lake Louise has plenty of spectacular hikes that you can enjoy, and two of the most famous are Little and Big Beehive. They are named as such due to the rock formations and of course the size of the hike. We as semi casual hikers chose to do Little Beehive in order to both survive, and to make the last bus back out of town (a challenge in itself sometimes).
Lake Louise itself is incredibly crowded, and if you don’t like throngs of people you may be put off by the sheer number of tourists everywhere. I assure you it becomes well worth it when you start making your way up the switchbacks and into the mountains.
These are the best I could take considering the sheer number of people just off to the side.
The first lake you arrive at after beginning the ascent is Mirror Lake. It’s quite lovely in it’s own right, but unfortunately it’s not far enough up the mountain to be peaceful (most families still find their way up this far).
So after a brief lunch stop we continued on up, and away from the noise.
You immediately feel the difference as you begin up towards the tea houses. You have a few options as you ascend. You can either head to the tea houses which is half way between Big and Little beehives, but it’s also quite popular. You can head off to the right and make your way to Little Beehive and maybe see a total of 5 people. Or you can head for Big Beehive and really get some peace. Big beehive is an additional few kilometres and as I said we didn’t have the daylight to achieve it this time around, and so Little was our target.
It’s a beautiful hike with many amazing places to stop and take photos
We thought we had it pretty good right about now, and we hadn’t even reached the peak of Little Beehive. We were in for a treat!
I will admit when I arrived and decided to sit on the edge of the mountain for some photos I was positively terrified. I am ok with heights generally, but I can’t escape that sense of dread when you look down and see a definite end. Some of my smiles are forced… with good reason.
As you can see from the summit you can see all three lakes (Louise, Mirror, Agnes) and I have to say it’s well worth the walk. I wouldn’t even say it’s that difficult, and for the view at the end you really can’t complain. Naturally descending is a much easier task and we chose to go down the horse trail rather than the walking trail. It was incredibly quick and we were the only people on it which made for far better conversation.
I can’t recommend this hike enough. You’ll be amazed at just how incredible it all is in reality!
We also shot a video for Lisa’s hoop competition check it out below
^ Click this link to see her nail her routine atop the mountain
Next hike figures to be to Big Beehive to see this valley from a whole new angle.
Stay tuned folks