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Lake Louise

posted Sep 7, 2012, 6:11 PM by Michael Schwarz   [ updated Jul 10, 2016, 2:02 AM ]
Our last stop on our Alaska/Canada trip was Lake Louise in the Banff National Park  area.  I think that we were a bit surprised at the number of people that were there, especially after the solitude of Alaska.  The 1st day there we drove up to the Lake and couldn't get near the parking lot. We went back the next morning around 9:00 for a hike.  Much better.  We started out on our 9 1/2 mile hike (round trip) to the Plain of the Six Glaciers Tea house.  Of course like all of our hikes it was to the top of the mountain.

Chateau Lake Louise- about a mile down the trail

Chateau about 3 miles up the trail

A Pika.  He is gathering food for the winter. They nest under big rocks near a grass source.

Chateau about 4 miles up the trail. Hazy out. You can't tell but the water is really blue.

Ah, the Tea House. We ate the lunch we had packed but we had dessert and coffee there.  The only way here is up the trail we just hiked. The supplies are hiked in with the staff and some on horseback.  No water or electricity. The staff stay up on the mountain for a 5 day shift and then hike back down.

View of the Tea House another 1 and a half miles down the trail. Might as well go an extra mile and see the glaciers up close. What's another couple of miles!!

There's the glacier.  We could hear thunder like rumbles while we were hiking. Turns out it was pieces of the glacier falling off the edge of the mountain.  We heard it several times but didn't get to see it actually fall.

See the big crack?

Back from the hike this is the view of the lake and the Glacier standing in front of the Chateau.  Should have taken the picture this morning because it was cloudy and hazy by the time we got back.  The picture does not do it justice.

Cocktails await...