2007 - The Year of Spending Dangerously! travel blog

Big Beehive over Mirror Lake

Dale and Jeff on the switchbacks

Snack stop

Dale and Jeff at the summit

Group photo

Looking towards the Icefields Parkway

Something wrong with the carrot?

Pam with the Bow Valley in the background

Lake Louise and the Bow Valley

Dale and Jeff plan the route down

Heading down the ridge...

...towards Goat Pass

The wind picked up - Jeff needed a wooly hat!

A photographer and a clown


Looking back

Lake Agnes and the Tea House

View West from the Lake Agnes Tea House

Mirror Lake with Mt. St. Peran behind

We were there!

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360 view from the summit of Mt. St. Piran

We hiked to the summit of Mt. St. Piran with our friend Jeff on Friday. It was a perfect day for hiking, not too hot and just enough breeze to keep the bugs off. Turned out to be our kind of hike with views all the way to the top. Mt. St. Piran is the peak on the North side of Lake Louise and we started in the parking lot with a lot of tourists. Luckily the tourists thinned out as we passed the Chateau and headed up the trail towards the Lake Agnes Tea House. We cut off the trail before reaching the tea house and joined up with the trail to the Little Beehive. Just before the Beehive another trail branches off and easy switchbacks go right to the summit. Apparently the switchbacks were put in by Swiss guides back in the early 1900s and they are still in great shape. It is a surprisingly easy walk to the summit considering that you gain 920m of elevation from the parking lot.

We were the only people on the summit and we enjoyed lunch with a 360 degree view of the surrounding peaks including the Skoki valley behind the Louise ski hill, Fairview with Temple behind it, Mt. Victoria with its glacier and finally North to the Icefields Parkway and more glaciers.

Instead of going back the way we came we did a loop down the South East ridge to Goat Pass and then down to Lake Agnes before hooking up with the trail back down to the Chateau.

Another great day in the mountains!

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