#KarhuExplores: Lake Agnes, Alberta.

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 dreamy, glacial-silted blue of Lake Louise.

The dreamy blue water of Lake Louise.

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.

Lake Agnes Trail, trying to beat the sun to the top!

Lake Agnes Trail, trying to beat the sun to the top!

Part way up the climb is a delicious little spot called Mirror Lake, and you can see why.

Mirror Lake, showing off.

Mirror Lake, showing off.

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 :)

Sunrise light at Lake Agnes.

Sunrise light at Lake Agnes.

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!

Even selfies are allowed here. Sunrise version.

Even selfies are allowed here. Sunrise version.

 

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~Matt, a Canadian in Helsinki | @hamiltonguevara