Plain of Six Glaciers Trail | Banff, AB

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The Plain of Six Glaciers hike is breathtakingly beautiful and that’s an understatement.

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 13.8 km

Elevation gain: 365 m

Time: 4.5 hours

Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Head

Park in Lake Louise’s parking lot and walk on the boardwalk to the right of the lake. I went end of August 2017, and there were hordes of people walking alongside my sister and I. As you near the back of Lake Louise, you’ll climb to the top of a steep, dirt path, which is the start of the Plain of Six Glaciers trail. The hordes of people will be left behind.

Banff trail
Lake Louise
View of Lake Louise from behine

 


 

Continue along the trail and you will come across a gushing, white river. Watch out for people descending the trail on horseback, but for all you non-hikers, you can take a horse trail to the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse! As tired as you may get from the steep incline of the trail, make sure to take in the phenomenal scenery. You’ll come across a mountainous back-view of Lake Louise and a huge rock that everyone was keen to stand on and take photos. There was even a line up! After this point, it’s a steady trail climb requiring a tad more exertion. The glaciers will be in front of you. Savour the elating moment when you catch sight of the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse. You’ve finally reached your goal.

River along the trail
Overlooking Lake Louise
Cliffs along Banff trail

Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse

Once at the teahouse, take a seat at an available table. A server will come by to give you a menu and take your order. I ordered the vegan chili, chocolate cake and their raspberryade. The total was CAD$24 and remember—the teahouse only takes cash! The teahouse has a no garbage policy, meaning you carry your leftovers and garbage while hiking down.

A quick food review: the chili consisted of beans and came with a side of nacho chips. It was average. The chocolate cake had a very ‘earthy’ flavour (my sister said it tasted like pine trees lol), but I liked it. The raspberryade, which I thought was raspberry lemonade, looked and tasted like sugar-free Kool-Aid.

Food from Banff Teahouse Trail

Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Conditions

The trail is well kept and easy to follow during ascend and descend. There is no way you can get lost, despite the lack of trail markers. Watch out for horse poop though.

Banff Teahouse Trail
Banff Teahouse Trail
Glacier

My Plain of Six Glaciers Hike Experience

It took my sister and I approximately 3 hours to hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse. Neither of us are avid hikers and we stopped many times along the way to take breaks or photos. About a quarter way, I wanted to turn back as I was getting tired. I contemplated taking the shorter Lake Agnus Teahouse Trail route. I just didn’t want to be the first one to mention it, and my sister didn’t, so I trudged along. I’m super glad I did.

The hike down is quick and easy—it took us 1.5 hours. When I descended the steep, dirt path I climbed at the beginning, I felt a sense of accomplishment. The Plain of Six Glaciers Hike is a must do if you visit Banff National Park.

Samah
Samah is a Toronto-based freelance writer, digital marketer and former public servant. Needing more creative inspiration, she purchased a camera for motivation to travel and explore. You can catch her hiking or roaming urban landscapes, camera slung over the shoulder, with an iced chai latte in one hand and checking Instagram in the other.
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  • Krupa
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    Six Glaciers trails looks so amazing. I had never heard this place before . World is so beautiful and it is so good to know about such beautiful places. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sarah M
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    This walk looks amazing, we spent a day at Lake Louise and it was amazing, I wish we had more time. It is on our list to head back to one day and I will have to add the Six glacier trail to our list.

  • Flo
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    This looks and sounds like an amazing hike, and not too strenuous either! The view of Lake Louise is stunning. Sorry to hear about the below average food though!

  • Anna
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    This hike looks absolutely gorgeous. Definitely on my bucket list now! Your photos are just stunning.

    1. Samah Khan
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      Thanks, Anna!

  • Carmen
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    Banff National Park is on our short like. I have several relatives who have been to the park and have peaked my interest. It’s good to know that this hike is doable even if you’re not an avid hiker!

  • Kellyn
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    Your photos are amazing. These should be in National Geographic. Thanks for sharing your experience. Definitely a place I’ll be looking into as I love glaciers.

  • Sherrie Fabrizi Allbritten
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    Your photography is amazing! Banff is a gorgeous place and your photo’s really capture it’s beauty!

  • Ami
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    I don’t know what to write…your pictures have totally floored me. Not only they have been taken beautifully but they really show how lovely the place was. The water looks really pristine and those hills and valleys are perfect for the hike. Thanks for sharing these.

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