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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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One of the best hikes in the area!

Not an easy hike due to the elevation gain but the view on top of Parker's ridge made the hike worth every step.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not an easy hike due to the elevation gain but the view on top of Parker's ridge made the hike worth every step.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This hike is challenging for low landers but certainly worth the effort with a beautiful view of mountains and glacier. We followed the advice from reviews and stayed to the left when reaching the summit and discovered excellent viewpoints.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's not an easy hike due to the steepness of the elevation but all that hard work pays-off at the summit with a wide angle view of mother nature at her finest. Infinite views of snow capped peaks and a huge sweeping glacier make this a must -do hike in an area with plenty of hiking options.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Off the Icefields Parkway are many wonderful stops. As most trails, the initial bit is all uphill. But, the vistas make this hike a must do!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family spent about a week between Banff and Glacier National Park, and this hike provided us the best (by far) view of a glacier. The hike is a bit steep, so give yourself time for rest on the way up. The top is a bit chilly/windy, so make sure to bring some coverage too! The views were breathtaking, and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sure, nice view but equally nice at the halfway point. I think this hike is overrated. It's a very steep switchback trail all the way to the saddle and then poor signage for how to ascend to the top from there. We ended up having to navigate deep mud and slippery sections of snow because there seemed to be many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When i was reading reviews, I was worried that there would be too many hikers. But we went on a rainy day and we saw only a couple other people. The ground was very wet so bring good hiking shoes and it also began to snow when we were halfway up. Make sure to bring lots a layers and hoodies!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hike was the highlight of a 4-night visit to the Banff-Lake Louise-Jasper area in early July, and the only time I felt like we truly escaped the busloads of tourists. It took a little over an hour for my husband and I (late 50s) to hike up...we had had 2 days prior to acclimate to the altitude, which helped.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful landscapes everywhere you looked..very peaceful and easy to drive. Places to pull over for photo stops and signs easy to read and follow. Didn't see much wildlife..but your in there home so it's all good..always respect it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at the Parker Ridge Trail during our drive from Lake Louise to Jasper. The hike has a steep incline with several switchbacks. Upon getting to the top, one is awarded with a spectacular view of Athabasca glacier and several mountains. My husband chuckled as I started to sing "Climb Every Mountain" from the Sound of Music as it... More 

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