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“A Must Stop” 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 #1 of 33 attractions in Banff
Type: Hiking Trails
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A Must Stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

One of the best walks we travelled on our three week visit to the Rockies. We loved the variety of scenery

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“Fantastic views of the glacier”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

I'm surprised no one else has mentioned the mosquitos!!? There were so many! Wear long trousers!
The walk was steep but not too long. It was tough enough since it was all uphill. The Mosquitos made it difficult because the minute you stopped to rest for a few seconds they land all over you!
Despite this, it was well worth it. The views at the top were fantastic. Really beautiful! We saw mountain goats at the top. There were loads of lovely flowers too. There were less Mosquitos at the top too because it was windy up there.
I'd definitely recommend doing this trail, I felt it was worth it for the amazing views!

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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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“Worth the trip from Lake Louise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

The ridge trail, as the name suggests, runs along a the ridge at the top of a mountain overlooking a scenic alpine valley. To get to the ridge requires a scenic drive to a location at the far northern extant of Banff National Park. Thereafter, a 40 minute uphill walk, moderate grade because of the switchbacks, gets you to the top. From there it is an amazing series of views along the ridge trail of glacial rivers, streams, pastures, woods, and wildlife. The sun light creates colors that you may never see in nature again. The trail eventually wears thin, but, if you can, follow it to its end. The rewards of doing so outweigh the moderate (but real) dangers associated with scrambling along the mountain side.

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Canton, Michigan
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“Uphill but worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

The view at the top is worth the uphill hike. Gorgeous view of the glacier and alpine flowers. Great photos with 360 degree view of the mountains, river and glacier. Lots of fossils at the top which we didn't see on any other hike.

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Moncton
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great short hike with great views.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

It is a great little hike to do if travelling the icefield patheway and in need to move the legs! Higly recommended.

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