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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 #2 of 32 attractions in Banff
Type: Hiking Trails
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Wallingford, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We walked three trails in Canadian Rockies area. Balu Pass trail in Glacier National Park (5hrs round trip), Lake Agnes Tea House trail in Lake Louis (3hrs round trip) and Parker Ridge trail (2hrs round trip). Parker Ridge trail is definitely the best trail we walked (and least effort). After you see the 3 piles of rocks, take the left... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

I was shocked that this hike was ranked easy while the Bow Glacier Falls hike was ranked moderate in the trail guide pamphlet from the visitors center. I would rate Parker Ridge moderate and Bow Glacier Falls easy. Parker Ridge is gorgeous...but be preared for pretty much all steep switchbacks except for the very top. The way down was rough...so... More

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Rueil-Malmaison, France
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

After a steep climb this trail offers the most beautiful view over mountains, valley and glacier. Well worth the effort

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Edmonton, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This was our third hike of the day. When we pulled up and saw on the sign that it was a 1 1/2 hr hike to the top we almost changed our minds about doing it but I am so glad my family decided to do the hike. The trail is very steep and we huffed and puffed our way... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The hike is pretty steep but so worth it when you get to the top. Parkers Ridge follows off to the left when you get to the actual saddle (not up to the right). If you go down the trail, you get an amazing view of the Saskatchewan Glacier. It is really quite impressive and the wildflowers were blooming in... More

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Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This trail is steep. We climbed it towards the end of June and there was still quite a bit of snow on it and a lot of mud and slush. However the steep climb was worth it, as the view from the top is amazing. When you get to the top head to the left, where the views of the... More

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Milford, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We did this hike on our last day in the Canadian Rockies, as we headed south from Jasper. It is a relatively short hike, so it worked out well for the time we had. The trail is very pleasant the whole way. As it ascends gradually, you are in and out of spruce trees for a while, with views of... More

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Coventry England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Having driven through the Icefields Parkway on a wet and miserable Friday we returned to do the trail on a sunny Sunday. Yes it is a 30-45 mins walk uphill to the top but when you are there what a vista. The walk up is a steady climb, described in the guide as moderate. There were all ages on the... More

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West Kelowna, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The views at the top of the ridge are well worth the climb. Take a camera and lots of water and just enjoy the spectacular scenery.

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London
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34 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We loved this hike which broke up our day driving from Banff to Jasper. The switchbacks are fairly steep, but we appreciated getting a little exercise after being sat in the car for a few hours. It is important to stick to the path in order to allow the sensitive plants to recover - it is very frustrating to see... More

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