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Address: Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
Phone Number: 403-762-1550
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While driving from Jasper to Banff, we decided to pull off the road and try out this hike. The parking area is quite large and does have toilets. The hike itself is just... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Jasper, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

While driving from Jasper to Banff, we decided to pull off the road and try out this hike. The parking area is quite large and does have toilets. The hike itself is just beautiful, the trail switchbacks up to the top through flowers and trees. Once you reach the top, you can either go left or right. If you go... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This was our second visit to the area and it was an enjoyable experience seeing the icefields in with its winter covering. It is a spectacular drive.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Great short hike for a view, but be prepared to go steeply uphill (or downhill, depending on your pain point). We laughed about our guidebook calling this one "a leg-stretcher," since it was all the exercise we needed for one day.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Bring a small jacket for the summit - can get cool. Plenty of parking off the road. Nice switchbacks to the top.

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Charlottesville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A short but steep trail with outstanding views of two glaciers and many mountains at the top. Start early as the weather has a tendency to deteriorate as the day goes on. When you get to the top, turn left on the trail to see the Saskatchawan Glacier. To the right is another glacier but the trail isn't marked to... More 

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

If you can hike a moderate 2.4kilometer trail, don't miss this. Stunning views that you'll never experience through pictures.

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Parker, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The views around Banff were totally obscured because of the smoke from the wildfires, so today we drove up to hike Parker Ridge. WOW, what a difference! The hike was a little difficult, but be sure to take plenty of water and snacks. At the top of the trail, there are paths going right and left. We chose the one... More 

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great trail. Quickly becomes alpine. Great views for not a whole lot of effort! Absolutely beautiful view of glacier. There's the climb to the top, which has sweeping 360 degree landscape views but there's also a trail to the side just before you get to the top. Take this trail too. It affords a better view of a glacier. Unfortunately,... More 

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Banff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A beautiful hike, easy, short, with outstanding views. I recommend you spend some time walking on the ridge, soaking in the views of the glaciers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Hard uphill hike for about 90 minutes but great view of Saskatchewan Glacier w/o any road noise. Do it early as it gets crowded.

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