Devils Thumb Lake Louise

Mt White , Devils Thumb & Big Beehive

Mt Whyte , Devils Thumb & Big Beehive

 

Wednesday November 5th 2014

The Devils Thumb at Lake Louise is a well-known hike that can be tacked on with a trip to the Big Beehive. The approach is from the front of the Chateau up to Mirror Lake and onto Lake Agnes and the Tea House at 3.0 km. At this time of year you will not see a soul and the tea house is closed. Follow Lake Agnes on the right hand side.Then turn left across the head of the lake to the Big Beehive switchbacks. Reach the The Big Beehive Col at a four-way junction. Left to the Big Beehive. Right  to the Devils Thumb and straight ahead to the Plain of the Six Glaciers trail.

Lake Agnes Mt White & The Devils Thumb

Lake Agnes Mt Whyte & The Devils Thumb

This is the view from the Tea House.

The Col of Mt White & Mt Niblock walking around Lake Agnes

The Col of Mt Whyte & Mt Niblock walking around Lake Agnes

Here we are heading toward the top of the lake.

The route up to the Big Beehive

The route up to the Big Beehive

Looking across Lake Agnes to the Big Beehive switch backs. Not visible with the snow.

Traversing around the face of  The Devils Thumb

Traversing around the face of The Devils Thumb

On the traverse to the climb up to the small col. Not a good place to lose your footing.

Looking down the steep climb to the Col

Looking down the steep climb to the Col

This is where we saw the goats on the rocks on the left.

Mountain Goat showing off his balance

Mountain Goat showing off his balance

 

On the summit. Big Beehive below left Lake Louise Ski Hill behind

On the summit. Big Beehive below left Lake Louise Ski Hill behind

 

Doug & Chateau Lake Louise below

Doug & Chateau Lake Louise below

 

The Big Beehive Lake Agnes left

The Big Beehive Lake Agnes left

The Tea House is just visible.

Everitt, Doug & Pat The Big Beehive

Everett, Doug & Pat at The Big Beehive

After visiting the Big Beehive we descended to the Trail of the Six Glaciers and came back along the lake.
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Distance return 13.5 km Time return 5:30 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 812 m Elevation to Summit 735 m Summit height 2475 m

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