August 18, 2009
Lake Louise, AB
The Beehive, or commonly known as Big Beehive, is another insignificant “peak” that has an official name on it. A popular hiking trail brings thousands of tourists to its summit every year. This was my first summit in the Canadian Rockies. Dad, mom and I did it on our second day of the 4-day road trip. Our original plan was to hike Plain of Six Glaciers Trail to its end to see some glaciated peaks, but mom and I increased our ambition on the way back.
After visiting the famous Moraine Lake in the cold morning, we drove to Lake Louise and began our hike. Plain of Six Glaciers is a popular hike on a well-defined trail. On the backside of Lake Louise, there were a couple spots that the trail gets a bit rocky or slightly exposed, but generally it’s straightforward even for hikers. The views were constantly changing and we got different perspectives of the surrounding mountains. Near the end of this trail, I decided to hike up a scree path to a higher vantage point to get some better view of Abbot Pass and the Death Trap, but at that time I was very nervous on scree. I struggled up for 50 vertical meters or so before feeling too sketchy to continue. Then I couldn’t comfortably come down… I had to butt-slide down most of the way…
On the way back mom and I decided to take the “Highline Trail”, while dad would go straight back to car for some sleep. Mom and I eventually went up the south side of Big Beehive via some steep switchbacks, and to our surprise, this viewpoint offers equally amazing views especially down towards Lake Louise, and Lake Agnes on the other side. We went down the other side to Lake Agnes, and followed the tourist route back to Lake Louise. After the hike we drove to Banff townsite and Lake Minnewanka for some photos.