Mount St. Piran is a rewarding, simple scramble in Banff National Park that delivers panoramic views of the prominent peaks about Lake Louise. The mountain sees tiny targeted traffic compared to nearby Lake Agnes Teahouse, and is a great fall objective when the larches turn golden for a handful of weeks.
|View from Mount St. Piran, Banff National Park|
The route to Mount St. Piran starts in front of Chateau Lake Louise. Make your way about the ideal side of the lake, following the indicators to Lake Agnes Teahouse. Pass Mirror Lake, a compact pond in the lee of the Huge Beehive, then continue up the effectively graded trail to the Lake Agnes / Tiny Beehive junction.
|Lake Louise, Banff National Park|
|Huge Beehive and Mirror Lake, Lake Louise|
three.1 kilometres from the commence, you will attain the Lake Agnes/Tiny Beehive junction. Take Tiny Beehive Trail for about 500 metres, maintaining an eye out for the Mount St. Piran sign (scratched up Parks Canad sign) by way of larch forest on the left. Following 10-15 minutes, you leave the trees behind, and the views get greater and greater the greater you go. 13 extended switchbacks take you to the shoulder exactly where you can catch your breath prior to the final push to the summit. From right here, the trail is significantly less defined and rocky, but your objective is simple to see.
|Heading up Mount St. Piran Trail, Banff|
|Hunting down on Lake Louise (left) and Mirror Lake (ideal)|
|Most of the way to the summit is on a excellent, dirt trail.|
|Rock shelters at the summit deliver respite from the wind|
|Summit of Mount St. Piran, Banff National Park|
From Mount St. Piran’s lofty summit (2649 m / 8690 ft), you can see the most of Lake Louise’s prominent peaks. Get pleasure from the spectacular views and return the way you came. Despite the fact that some hikers make a loop down the west side of the mountain, it is feasible to fall off a cliff if you do not have excellent route-acquiring expertise and take the incorrect way down (see the Parks Canada Accident Report right here), so we do NOT advocate the loop. It really is also really scrambly, so not a excellent decision if you happen to be currently feeling tired from all that elevation get. Going down is typically tougher than going up!
|Mount Fairview is the tall peak straight behind me
Huge Beehive is the smaller sized mountain.
Mount St. Piran Trail at a Glance
Distance: 12.two km return
Elevation get: 900 metres elevation get
Duration: 5-7 hours
Washrooms: Upper Lake Louise parking lot / Outhouses at Lake Agnes Teahouse
Stroller friendly? No.
Detour to Lake Agnes Teahouse
|Lake Agnes, Banff National Park|
From the Tiny Beehive/Lake Agnes junction, it is a brief 300 metres to Lake Agnes Teahouse. Note that Lake Agnes Teahouse accepts money (Canadian/US) / traveller’s cheques only! From Lake Agnes, it is three.four km, 385 m elevation loss to Lake Louise.
Know Just before You Go
Parking: Receiving to the parking lot prior to the road to Lake Louise closes can be a challenge in peak season. In the course of summer season months, strategy to be at the Lake Louise parking lot prior to 7 am.
Bears: You are in bear nation! Hike in a group (four or far more is safest), make noise, and carry bear spray. Each and every adult in your celebration should really have their personal bear spray, and know how to use it. For far more bear security guidelines, please study our story: 10 Bear Security Strategies for Hikers and Backpackers.
Be Ready: The climate can transform swiftly in the mountains, so generally pack a warm layer (fleece or down) and waterproof/windproof layer. Also, bring a hat the final section of the hike is above treeline.
Mount St. Piran was named for the the Patron Saint of Cornwall by explorer and mountaineer, Samuel E.S. Allen in 1894 (Supply).
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