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Parker Ridge Trail

Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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Ranked #2 of 32 Attractions in Banff
Type: Hiking Trails
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Redondo Beach, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

So for us this was an adventure. The hike is about 3.5 km with views of the parkway on your way up. About 15 minutes into the hike, the trees disappear and its switchbacks all the way to the top. When we went, it was about 38 degrees/3C and snowing. We wanted to turnaround, but kept pushing through the freezing... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Great hike to a magnificent view point, good for the whole family. Like the views at top and the beautiful wild flowers.

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toronto
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The hike to the top of the trail is an easy one and is rewarded with a spectacular view. Very much worth the stop. Parking is easy at the side of the highway and if you are lucky as I was, you will see Mountain Goats and Sheep there.

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

If you make one stop when traveling the Icefields Parkway, this should be it. We stopped on the way back to Banff from Jasper and it was the perfect way to break up the trip. The hike is short, and after a bit of an incline and some switchbacks, it levels out to a ridge overlooking the Saskatchewan glacier and... More

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Seattle, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It is some trail, and needs some fitness to go all the way up to the hill top. Phew! It's around 3KM long with good elevation. Once you are on the top, the view down below to the glacier and glacier waters is amazing, that's why I call it sky to sea trail. Carry some water, you'll need it for... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Great cardio workout and the views of Saskatchewan Glacier are amazing. Very well maintained trails. Go past the 3 piles of rocks, the views keep getting better.

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This hike has a fair amount of climb, but the payoff is great views of a distant glacier. We also lucked out with an encounter with a female mountain sheep and her kid, and that made for a memorable hike.

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Portland, OR
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85 reviews 85 reviews
21 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I have hiked all over Banff and Jasper parks. Each time we have driven by this trailhead, there are swarms of cars parked all over, and streams of people hiking up the hillside. It doesn't seem like there could be anything really amazing to see, so we didn't ever stop until this year. We went really early in the morning... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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115 reviews 115 reviews
36 attraction reviews
216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This hike is of moderate difficulty, 5.4 km round trip, 850 ft gain, taking approx 2-3 hours. It's a series of switchbacks through meadows and pine trees going up to a ridge with gorgeous views of Saskatchewan Glacier, Mt Athabasca, and Mt Andromeda. Starts and ends in the Parker Ridge parking lot. 2 basic toilets are available in the parking... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This was a good, two hour hike with a lot of uphill. At the top to the right are two cairns to protect yourself from the extraordinary wind. Before ascending to the cairns take the path to the left for about 5 or ten minutes to see a really spectacular view of the glacier descending into the valley and an... More

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