On Tuesday, we returned to Lake Louise, getting an early start, driving to the overflow parking lot and taking a shuttle bus to the lake. The sky was notably clearer today. It was a nice reprieve from the smoke, and nice to see blue skies. The mountain seen directly in the center is Mount Victoria, home to Victoria Glacier. On this day, we were hiking in that direction, to the Plain of Six Glaciers.
The hike began by moving counterclockwise around the northwest side of the lake, at first on level ground.
Here we have reached the far end of Lake Louise, which is fed by run-off from the glaciers:
We began gaining elevation. This was the wall to our right, i.e., northwest of the trail:
There were still some wildflowers to be seen. While the sky is overexposed in this photo, I like the contrast of the grass, flowers, trees, mountains, glaciers, and sky. The center of this photo features Mount Lefroy:
Here we have another view of Mt. Lefroy and to the right, Mt. Victoria, with Victoria Glacier. To the right of the photo is our trail, continuing on closer to the glaciers:
Here is Batya on the trail, with Lake Louise barely visible on the right side of the photo:
This is a stitched panorama, showing Mt. Lefroy on the left, Mt. Victoria in the center, and Collier Peak on the right:
The seasonal snow was long gone by this time of year, but the glaciers were still there, providing a little water as the sun melted a tiny portion of them:
We were nearing the end of the trail. Here, a man hiking in front of us can be seen for scale:
The same trail and the man can be seen at the far right in this stitched panorama, showing Mt. Lefroy at center, with Mt. Victoria (and Victoria Glacier) to the right:
Lake Louise was again visible as we looked back from our starting point:
The trail seemed to end at the bottom of a scree slope. There was no sign indicating it was the end of the trail, but a large number of people were sitting and standing there. The spot provided a nice view of Abbot Pass between Mount Lefroy and Mount Victoria:
Zooming in on the pass:
Zooming to 200mm, my telephoto lens captured the alpine hut at the top of Abbot Pass, constructed in 1922:
Another tourist was kind enough to photograph us below the pass:
We began hiking back. Here is yet another view of Lake Louise in the distance:
This Colombian ground squirrel was a small fellow, so I presume it was a youngster:
There is also a teahouse on the trail of the Plain of Six Glaciers:
It looks as though there was a landslide at one point in this location:
We reached the lake, and soon completed our last hike in Banff:
The Plain of Six Glaciers hike is about 8.7 miles (14 km), with an elevation gain of about 1925′ (587 m). The hike did not seem especially strenuous to us.
The next day, we would check out of our hotel in Canmore, have one last hike in the area, and then drive back to Calgary for our flight home.