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If you do only one hike in the Canadian Rockies, make it this one!

A short climb (1 1/2 hours) through the forest is rewarded with incredible views of the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
sdemmerle
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Calgary, Canada
An easy walk on a well graded trail

Lots of parking availabile . Yes, it is uphill, but so worth the vistas from the top, in all... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
happyme_13
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Can you say holy mosquitos!?!?! Yes there are lots - but mostly along the bottom half of the trail. It gets much colder and windier at the top - so yay no more bugs! wear bug spray, long pants/sleeves -- I brought a hankie which I swished like a tail around my face... didn't get one bite! Don't forget to bring water, snack and layers - because you should be sweating by the time you reach the top - where it is COLD and windy! I am not a hiker and not in shape - but managed to make it up in just a bit over an hour - about 45 minutes coming down. Beautiful views all the way. Did not see any wildlife other than the bugs - but the flowers and views were lovely.

2  Thank ddkphotos
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The views at Parker Ridge are spectacular and breathtaking…literally. For experienced hikers, Parker Ridge is considered a beginner class trail, but most urban couch potato will find this trail challenging and will definitely give their lung and heart a good test. To give you a perspective, if you had visited Peyto Lake viewpoint from the non-handicap parking lot, Parker Ridge elevation gain is about 6-7 times more. With that said, the trail is well worth the huffing as the reward is hugh, the views of the tongue of Saskatchewan glacier and the surrounding mountain ridges are beyond words to describe. The Saskatachewan glacier is the largest outflow of Columbia Icefield, feeding many lakes westward all the way to Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba.

Best time to visit in my opinion is mid-July when the trail condition is at its best and wildflowers are flourishing. Parker Ridge is always windy and temperature is usually 5-6 Celsius lower compared to the parking lot, so dress in layers. Prepare 2 hours for the trail. Also keep in mind that grizzly bear activities were reported from time to time, check with Park Canada for latest trail condition before you go.

5  Thank AndyHWC
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Short hike with enough elevation gain to make it challenging but not overly strenuous. Continuing on the left path after the switchbacks, the view of Saskatchewan Glacier is simply breath taking. You can extend the hike by taking one of the paths to the right and up onto the ridge for additional views. The wind that blows upon ridge is very strong to the point of making it difficult to stand; hence the nickname Windy Ridge!

3  Thank t1andjoyce
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

A must-do trail on Ice field pkwy. Only around 200 meter elevation, you will up on the mountain with an amazing view of the glacier, and surrounded by mountains and wild flowers (in july).

3  Thank Emily L
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

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

2  Thank FamilyoffourBrisbane
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