Parker Ridge Trail

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Sarah
Halifax, Canada21 contributions
Aug. 2021
Decent, short hike with great views! This trail is family friendly with switchbacks, ~2 hours there and back, and high traffic. Super windy on the top of the ridge so dress warm. The signage isn't great at the top and got a little lost but nothing too bad. If you are in the area for a while or are looking for glacier views I would recommend.

If you are short on time, I think there are other trails in the area that are less work for a better view, and would skip out on this. You can see a breathtaking glacier from the road just 10 minute drive up the road.
Written November 13, 2021
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PaulaDDuck
Toronto, Canada191 contributions
Sep. 2021
It had snowed overnight, so the surrounding trees and some of the trail were snow covered, so it was handy to have proper hiking boots and poles. It is a steady upward climb. As we neared the top, the wind and snow increased; however, we were lucky that shortly thereafter, the wind dropped, the snow stopped and a glimmer of sun appeared on the Saskatchewan glacier, the valley, the waterfall and surrounding peaks. Soon the wind and snow picked up again. It took us about 2 hours round trip including stopping for pictures. Well worth the effort!
Written September 21, 2021
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LesleyYang
New York City, NY158 contributions
Aug. 2021
No mistake it's not easy. A lot of elevation at the front. But it's not dangerous and if you pace yourself you can make it. The top view is super rewarding but even along the way it's fantastic! Just go~~
Written August 31, 2021
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WinnipegSteve
Winnipeg, Canada103 contributions
Aug. 2021
We hadn't planned on spending time here - stopping just to look at the flowers on the lower part of the trail. However, we kept climbing and eventually reached the top. We were blown away. This is the closest thing to the Swiss Alps that we've seen anywhere outside Switzerland. Spectacular views of the glacier, river, and surrounding mountains.

Note that when you reach the crest, you can either go right (which appears to be higher) or left. Take the left trail - although it doesn't go quite as high, you have much better views of the glacier, valley, and river.
Written August 18, 2021
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Mark K
Edmonton, Canada282 contributions
Jul. 2021
I did this hike by moonlight many years ago, and I was so trilled to do it again in summer time. Last time we were "Lost on Parker's Ridge" LOL, but not this time. It's a wonderful hike about 5.1 km round trip, it's a bit of elevation 260m, but lots of places to rest and watch the over the ridge you are climbing. Such a beautiful area, and you get to see the Saskatewan Glacier.
Written July 26, 2021
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Liz M
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Oct. 2020
The day we hiked Parker Ridge, it was very windy. The hike started off in a wooded area so we had plenty of protection; however, at the top, the wind was incredible. The view of the Saskatchewan Glacier was breath taking and worth the hike. The trail is very well laid out and anyone travelling the Icefield Parkway should allow a few hours to take advantage of this hiking trail. My husband is much less active than I am and he was able to do this hike by taking his time. I would highly recommend this hike for all levels of abilities.
Written November 11, 2020
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Karen N
2 contributions
Sep. 2020
A nice break on the trip from Banff to Jasper with a great view. Hike is moderate but as a spectacular glacier view.
Written September 19, 2020
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Ha P
Ontario, Canada926 contributions
Aug. 2020
I was very fortunate to see mountain goats. They were running from one side to the other. It was quite windy at the too but the View was amazing. Definitely recommend this hike.
Written August 13, 2020
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fadamek
Canmore, Canada137 contributions
Oct. 2019
This is an easy trail to get to a stunning view of the glaciers and mountains. I am not sure why other reviewers say it is challenging. At 81 years old it is one of the few remaining hikes that I can do. It is much easier than the Six Glaciers tea house hike. The most challenging part was to walk in other peoples foot steps in the snow. The deep snow in Oct. was unexpected and I did not bring my gaiters.
Written November 26, 2019
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Sightseer_Sam
Sioux Falls, SD167 contributions
Jun. 2019
Make no mistake - this hike requires some effort. Although it's a short hike, it's steep and mainly uphill, so depending on your physical fitness, it could be pretty challenging. With so many stunning scenes and quickly changing terrain along the way though, it's very easy to keep your mind focused on the surroundings rather than the physical exertion. Once you reach the ridge line, the payoff is unreal! My husband and I did this hike on a whim towards the end of our Icefield Parkway day and I so wish we could've spent more time here. It was extremely hard to turn back and walk away from such a gorgeous place!
Written October 24, 2019
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