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Parker Ridge Trail

Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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Fabulous short hike

An easy short hike near the Columbia Icefields with spectacular views of the Saskatchewan Glacier... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
wesk8
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
No Better Scenery to Effort Ratio Hike in The Canadian Rockies!

I took my Eagle Scouts to hike Parker Ridge on my most recent visit. No better view/effort ratio in... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Henri B
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Houston, Texas
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Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An easy short hike near the Columbia Icefields with spectacular views of the Saskatchewan Glacier and the valley which it carved. 4-5 km round trip with 250 meters elevation gain. 1-2 hours. Be sure to walk along the top of the ridge for great views.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

I took my Eagle Scouts to hike Parker Ridge on my most recent visit. No better view/effort ratio in Candian Rockies! Fantastic vistas, incredible flora and a "mountain top", all for a modest amount of time and effort. Dress warm though as the wind can...More

3  Thank Henri B
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Real nice time in this area. Ice age trail, Water Falls 3.2 mile trail. Some what in heavy use..Well worth the vaction time.

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

We did this on the morning of our drive from Banff to Jasper. Its a fairly easy walk, but well worth stopping for. The hardest part was getting out of the car on such a cold day. Views were well worth it. Also worth a...More

1  Thank Shifu69
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This is a short hike off the Icefields Parkway we did as a break between the Banff to Jasper drive. Pleasant walk to stretch your legs, and you get a beautiful view of the parkway and several glaciers from the plateau at the top.

4  Thank Sarah W
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Since this is a highly rated attraction, I made this as a 'must do' on my Rockies trip. On the way from Banff to Jasper, it snowed quite heavily so while I had a beautiful snow-covered view of the Icefields Parkway, hikes were off. Fortunately,...More

3  Thank catesoo
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

The Parker Ridge trail is easily accessible from the Icefields Parkway, and a moderate climb. I didn't spend a lot of time getting to the top, but the ridge views are well worth pulling over for. Do it!

1  Thank Laura N
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

We hiked the Parker Ridge Trail with my wife last September. Beautiful trail, beautiful view and the reward to be able to observe the glacier is really unique! We didn't know which trail to hike around the Colombia Ice field and it turns out to...More

1  Thank Tommy-Nature-Guide
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

This had to be one of the highlights on our three week family vacation out west. Our family of five ( 10,12,14,43,50) made it up and back down in well under two hours. The view at the top is absolutely why you came to Western...More

4  Thank Lori034
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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

The climb was short and not too difficult. It had snowed when we were here, so it took us a bit of time to make it up here. The wind was brutal above the tree line yet it was absolutely amazing. Really a must hike...More

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JBRetired
13 March 2018|
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Response from traveldoc | Reviewed this property |
No bears, doggone it!
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Butt0n28
9 February 2018|
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Response from Henri B | Reviewed this property |
We hiked it in early June in waist deep snow. The other "interesting" note is that in this area they use explosives during the winter to manage avalanches. There is a sign that warns of the possibility of unexploded shells... More
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Butt0n28
9 February 2018|
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Response from Nemo1921 | Reviewed this property |
Hi - I would end of May would be safe as far as snow goes, but you'd have to keep an eye on the weather before you get there. It would make sense to check in with park officials in the days before you travel. Hope your... More
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