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Parker Ridge Trail

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Address: Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
Phone Number: 403-762-1550
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Well Worth the Hike Up!

This hike was one of the highlights of our trip. The hike is a series of switchbacks which takes you up to the ridge. The path is in good shape, although there were some muddy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Janis D
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Auburn, California
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Brno, Jihomoravsky Kraj, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went there looking forward to see the great panorama from the pictures but unfortunately we saw nothing. I´d say check the weather forecast before going here but there is no point to check forecast while visiting Banff/Jasper since it´s wrong most of the time... It was quite challenging hike up there, very steep trial, I wouldn´t recommend it to... More 

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Auburn, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This hike was one of the highlights of our trip. The hike is a series of switchbacks which takes you up to the ridge. The path is in good shape, although there were some muddy spots. Once you get up to the ridge (30 to 40 minutes), the views are breathtaking. You can walk around quite a bit up there,... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

fantastic experience walking on a glazier, all day tour with lovely stops at lakes and scenery is not to be missed

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hike took approximately 1.5 hours and I would classify it as a moderate-level hike. There are a lot of steps. The view from the top of the trail is quite breathtaking. This was a great activity.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really great hike to a fantastic 360 degree view. Hiked in September 2016 and trail was really sloppy, but the view is WOW!!. Two glaciers and a mile deep valley from the view at the top. Take your camera and just stand in one place and keep turning and taking pictures. Climb up is 2.6 kilometers on... More 

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Lake Orion, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took this hike after many reviews said there is a good chance to see animals, however we did not see any but that's alright because the view at the top of the hike was surreal. It felt like we were in a movie! Well worth it.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a very short, maybe a little bit exhausting hike. But suitable for almost everybody, just take your time. The views are outstanding. Even if you're driving the Icefields Parkway with no intention of hiking, stop at the Parker Ridge trailhead and amble up to the saddle for a walloping view of pure, raw wilderness. High in the tundra, you'll... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The entire length of the hike up to the top is breathtakingly UNspectacular. Barely forested, most of it consists of hiking up a barren mountain. But then, at that windy windy top, the view of the awesome glacier awaits you. If you have never seen a glacier (like me) the view is stunning and makes up for such a boring... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you get the chance, do it! Great views and a lot of reward for the amount of hiking. All up hill on the way in so down on the way back. Poles were nice for the down hill. Can be a little muddy when wet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The view is worth the hike. We almost skipped it due to the weather and were happy that we decided to continue. Allow about 2 hours to fully enjoy.

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