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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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DO IT - you can thank me later

For some reason I've never been a fan of hiking but this trail is starting to change that. The 2.5km ascent only took 1-1.5 hours and because it's in a relatively open/flat area... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

For some reason I've never been a fan of hiking but this trail is starting to change that. The 2.5km ascent only took 1-1.5 hours and because it's in a relatively open/flat area compared to other forested trails, it's manageable for most people. Was very richly rewarded by the breathtaking views at the top, but even the halfway point has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Incredible bike with a stunning view on the glacier. actually the bike a bit further, Wilcox is even Better. Weer saw the bighorn sheep and walked the whole day on a toendra.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Highly recommend this hike, moderate difficulty, maybe 5-6 miles roundtrip and elevation gain maybe 1,200 ft. The views at the top were spectacular! Felt like we were way higher than we really were. Complete 360 views of stunning rugged mountains and glaciers!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I would like to thank the authors of the Lonely Planet guide for pointing me in this direction, when I was planning on doing one hike along the Icefield's Parkway. This is a fairly short, but intensely rewarding hike.The trail up to the ridge is very nice, making for an easy ascent on the 260m elevation change (even for people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A long walk up, up and up again but very worthwhile to see the glacier. Stock up on food and water as there is hardly anywhere to buy stuff on the parkway - we had to ask someone else if they had some extra water as we were gasping at the top !! We were better organized afterwards! Dry toilets... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a steady uphill hike (5 km return) and the views of the Saskatchewan glacier are truly magnificent. It can be quite cool at the summit so wear long pants and bring a shell. In early August the wildflowers at the summit are beautiful. But please do not do as I saw three teenage girls do - run through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my favorite hike on this trip. It is fairly steep, but not too long. You start to enjoy great views shortly after starting the hike because you get above tree line pretty quickly. Once you get to the top and over to the other side of the mountain the views will take your breath away. We were lucky... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been on a number of short hike trails in Banff and Jasper National Park. Parker Ridge Trail is by far the best trail that I have travelled. It is a very steep trail layered with switchbacks. After a short thirty minute incline you are above the tree line. The rewards getting to the top are awesome!!! Once on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great hike with fantastic view of arm of Columbia Glacier. Left fairly early and not too crowded with other hikers. Parking lot full by 10:30 a.m.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a reasonable climb but the view of the Saaskatchewan glacier was stunning - well worth it! You can walk a bit further than most people do for even better views

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