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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 34 Attractions in Banff
Type: Hiking Trails
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Perth, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I was hanging out to do this hike having read the reviews, and while it was lovely, and the views stunning, I wasn't blown away; possibly because of the high expectations. We took the kids (but we took them everywhere); a mid level hike for a family, took a couple of hours and the trail was very busy. Pretty wild... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Not a hard hike by any means, lots of elk and deer in the foliage. Would recommend for families. Seen a lot of hikers with dogs to.

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Redondo Beach, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
31 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

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

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
74 helpful votes 74 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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