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The Beehive & Mount St. Piran

After ascending Mt. Temple the day before, I decided to do something less demanding. However, I still wanted to take advantage of this season, that is, go somewhere with abundant larch trees. But the weather didn’t cooperate. The forecast predicted cloudy with isolated showers. My original plan was to hike to Lake Agnes, and scramble up Mt. Niblock. But if raining, the route up that mountain might be dangerous (lack of experience for sure), so we decided to make final decision after reaching Lake Agnes.

The trail head starts at the popular Lake Louise. Millions of tourists visit this place each year, but only less than 2% of them venture into the mountains 1km away from their vehicles. We passes Mirror Lake on this 3.8km trail to Lake Agnes. This is my second time here (first time was in 2009), and the weather was still cloudy. When we got to the other end of the lake, the fun part began. We saw several big white creatures on the slope above us to the right, and my parents thought they were bears... As a result, we were forced to go towards the opposite direction. That’s why we visited Big Beehive, which was not in our original plan. However, we did realize they were not bears and they were just mountain goats after talking to other fellows, so we went back. Unfortunately, a rain storm came from west. So? Instead of Mt. Niblock, we made the final decision to scramble up Mt. St. Piran, the easiest mountain in this region. I think the crux is to locate the trail. The trail is unsigned and we ended up too far to Little Beehive... Anyway, since we hadn't visited Little Beehive before, it was okay. We backtracked to find the correct St. Piran Trail. There was nothing but tens of switchbacks to reach the summit. However, mom wasn't comfortable on the wind and the big slope, so we did it slowly.

On the summit, Bow Valley and Skoki Area fill in the view to east. Looking southwest, the Lake Louise Giants are still way higher than us! The elevation here is pretty much same as Sentinel Pass, which we visited the day before. It was extremely windy at the top, and we could see another storm approaching. So we didn't linger any longer. And yes, we got soaked by this storm...

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Lake Louise classic shot
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Mt. Fairview
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Lake Louise
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Mt. Victoria
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Looking down at Lake Louise
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Mirror Lake
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Big Beehive & Mirror Lake
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Big Beehive
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Lake Agnes
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Lake Agnes
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Mt. Niblock
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Lake Agnes
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Mt. St. Piran
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Lake Agnes
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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
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Skoki from Big Beehive
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Lefroy & Victoria
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Mountain goats
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Mirror Lake
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Big Beehive / Lake Agnes, from Little Beehive
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Upper slope of Mt St. Piran
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Upper slope of Mt St. Piran
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Mt. Hector
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Bow Valley & Mt. Hector
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Skoki area
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Skoki area
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Mt. Lefroy
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Mt. Whyte & Niblock
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Skoki area
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Skoki area
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Castle Mountain & Bow Valley
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Castle Mountain & Bow Valley
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Fairview, Temple, Haddo, Aberdeen
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Fairview, Temple, Haddo, Aberdeen
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Mount Temple
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The Mitre & Mt. Lefroy
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Mt. Richardson
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Mt. Niblock
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A storm just passed by
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