This is an encore, and you should only do an encore if you have something good. I hope you’ll agree that this hike is worth it.
In Western Canada, nestled in the Rocky Mountains is a famed place called Lake Louise, one of the most photographed scenes in the Canadian wilderness. In the last week many parts of this area got their first snowfall. As I arrived, the conditions couldn’t be more exquisite- a dusting of snow on the alpine tree tops and my favourite, glacier-silted blue still visible in the lakes below.
The hike to Lake Agnes from Lake Louise is 2.5-3 hrs round trip to a height of 7000ft, and there is a lot of wonder packed into a short trail. I started very early, in order to catch the sunrise. The beginning of the hike started in the dark, but very quickly the light rose as I climbed, and the experience became wondrous.
Part way up the climb is a delicious little spot called Mirror Lake, and you can see why.
When you arrive at Lake Agnes, there is a little Tea House which has been serving tea to explorers since 1905. I got there so early that I made it before the employees, I saw them climbing up as I sat and took in the surroundings. One of them was kind enough to make me a hot chocolate. If you want wonderful baked goods to with it, you should arrive after 9am, or stay until then :)
As explorers, we seek moments and experiences that cannot be described in words, or photos. This morning in the mountains was just magic, solitary and serene. This is what its all about!
~Matt, a Canadian in Helsinki | @hamiltonguevara