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Parker Ridge Trail

Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
403-762-1550
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Ranked #1 of 33 attractions in Banff
Type: Hiking Trails
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Queensbury, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

If you are in average shape or come from a lower elevation (I'm both) the hike takes some effort. Trust me, take plenty of water and stop periodically and you'll be rewarded with a view at the top that will take your breath away yet again. When I first saw the peaks on the other side of the glacier starting... More

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Liphook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We took advice from the information centre in Jasper - they said it was one of the best walks/hikes it was possible to do in the park. Local knowledge was spot on. Not too busy as most people seem keen to spend lots of money to get a bus ride onto the Athabasca glacier from the Icefield centre. If you... More

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Franklin, Tennessee
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

It is somewhat of a steep ascent but very doable and the views are SO worth it. When you get to the top, go to your left and ignore the right-hand trail. You will be rewarded with spectacular views if a glacier and a valley with lake below.

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West Milford, New Jersey, United States
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My husband, sister, brother-in-law and I did this hike on our Icefields Parkway day. It is a relatively short hike but it is a steep trek. (It drizzled and my husband slipped on a rock on the way down and cut his hand, thank goodness we had a first aid kit) We hiked it at the end of June and... More

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Garland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

A fairly stiff climb from the parking lot is rewarded by a superb view from the top of the ridge of the Saskatchewan Glacier and the valley that it used to occupy. Flowers are everywhere (in July) on the open hillside. There are a number of viewpoints once the trail crosses the ridge, each one giving a more spectacular view... More

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Schwenksville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The beautiful views at the top of this ridge were absolutely worth a little pain during the uphill hike. At least the first part of the hike was uphill, which I prefer. We even saw mountain goats while we were enjoying the mountains and glaciers.

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The only way to see the Saskatchewan Glacier, and what a view. Mud and snow on the trail in late June, but the view was worth it.

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Thought I should sing sound of music. Moderate trails and took 3 hours round trip. I am a slow hiker

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Toronto
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Went on July 4th, and the weather was great - sunshine and great views. Kind of strange making snowballs in July and what a view on the other side. Don't hike right to the top, just go to the other side of the ridge, better view!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We hiked the Parker Ridge trail to see the Saskatchewan glacier. The trail was not too strenuous but it got really windy as we got to the top. The view along the trail was really nice. The reward was when we got to the top and saw the Saskatchewan glacier. We felt so little among the mountains and the glacier.... More

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