|Piran on the right. Note the teahouse in the trees on the left|
Of course you start from Lake Louise, which even on a bad day is beautiful.
|The lake and the Victoria Glacier|
|The trail zig zags up this avalanche slope|
|About 6 folks on the switchbacks.|
|Lake Louise & the Bow Valley in the background|
|Higher up. Mt. Victoria in the background|
|KC in the rockfield. The lake in the background 900 m below|
|Mt. Temple on the extreme right|
|The Trans Canada heads left to the Kicking Horse Pass.|
|Whyte (on the left) and Niblock. A nice German girl in the middle|
|KC among the inukshuks|
|The col in the centre. Note the basin on the left|
|Yes, you come down this|
|Straight down and highly braided, but it's clearly a well used trail|
|Part the way across. The creekbed is on the right|
|Even farther across|
There's a trail at the bottom left of the basin. The basin's wonderful.
|The descent comes in from the right|
|Lake Agnes. The teahouse is at the far end|
|Hiding in the rocks|
|This guy just would not turn around|
|Just before he came begging for food|
If you're up for a 900 m climb and a 16 km day, this is a fun route. I do recommend coming down the backside via the col. We were endlessly entertained by about 20 families of pikas, the basin is beautiful, the waterfalls near the bottom great, and the trail to the col and down low are good and obvious. However, I don't recommend heading right at the col as instructed, or following the mapped route, given the obvious (albeit steep) trail that has formed that is on the left. The only downside to that "trail" is that it's braided as all get out, being gravel, and its pretty slippery given how steep it is. However, it's obvious by the pole marks that everyone's using trekking poles, and that makes the down route much more stable.