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“Amazing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Parker Ridge Trail

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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COLO
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23 reviews 23 reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Our favorite hike on our trip to Banff/Lake Louise/ Jasper. If you do only one hike-Do this one! Views at the top are amazing-who knows how long the glaciers will be viewable? We took our lunch and sat at the top and just enjoyed the amazing views. Met a wonderful local hiker who answered all our questions and we really enjoyed chatting with him. Such an astonishing area!

Visited September 2012
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Marin County, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Big payoff for moderate hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

The Parker Ridge trail was one of the highlights of our trip to Banff. The trail starts out with a good bit of a climb, but it does not last long and it was not a problem for occasional hikers. We went from hiking through the trees to stunted trees to above the tree line pretty quickly. The vistas open up at that point and keep getting better and better. Everyone says to keep to the left on the trail so you can get the best glacier views (they are right) but after we enjoyed that part of the trail, we explored off to the right side and were treated to more great views. Totally worth the effort and easily accomplished for those of us who do not regularly hie in mountain settings.

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great Trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Wasn't sure at first if we should go but was worth it, in the end. Wonderful trail with great views not a hard hike either. I would definitely do it again!!!

Visited August 2012
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San Diego
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64 reviews 64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“One of our favorite hikes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Unexpected because it's not one of the most oftne mentioned hikes. Go all the way up to the top because the view is stunning.

Visited July 2012
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Silver Spring, MD
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Scenery you'll only see a few times in a lifetime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

The glaciers will be gone before we know it. This is a beautiful hike to see glaciers from many different viewjpoints. We also saw a bald eagle soaring overhead and a rainbow that displayed its myriad colors all the way through our descent.

Visited August 2012
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