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“Fantastic views of the glacier” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Parker Ridge Trail

Parker Ridge Trail
Ranked #1 of 70 things to do in Banff
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Dublin, Ireland
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1,076 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,190 helpful votes
“Fantastic views of the glacier”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 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!

Visited July 2013
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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“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.

Visited July 2013
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Canton, Michigan
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“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.

Visited July 2013
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Moncton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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.

Visited July 2013
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Red Deer, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We are in our 60's and enjoyed this hike. It is uphill all of the way, but has several area to stop, rest and enjoy the view.

Visited August 2012
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