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“Beautiful View, Unique Terrain” 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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West Milford, New Jersey, United States
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31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Beautiful View, Unique Terrain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My husband, sister, brother-in-law and I did this hike on our Icefields Parkway day. It is a relatively short hike but it is a steep trek. (It drizzled and my husband slipped on a rock on the way down and cut his hand, thank goodness we had a first aid kit) We hiked it at the end of June and it was muddy and there was some leftover snow. However, the view at the top is well worth the effort. You get an amazing view of the Saskatchewan Glacier and the wildflowers along the hike are amazing. I especially loved the Moss campion which grows all the way up the mountain. I loved the rock formations and the orange lichen that grew on them. We even got to see a pika on the beginning of the trail and on our way back.

Visited June 2014
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Garland, Texas
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“One of the best short hikes, with spectacular views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

A fairly stiff climb from the parking lot is rewarded by a superb view from the top of the ridge of the Saskatchewan Glacier and the valley that it used to occupy. Flowers are everywhere (in July) on the open hillside. There are a number of viewpoints once the trail crosses the ridge, each one giving a more spectacular view than the one before. Fossils (corals) are everywhere. Eventually the trail deteriorates as it crosses talus slopes as it heads further south, and the casual hiker should probably turn back at that point rather than risk injury from a long slide down the mountain. Along with Sunshine Meadows and Beauty Creek, this is one of the great short hikes in the parks.

Visited July 2014
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Schwenksville, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Worth the steep uphill trek”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The beautiful views at the top of this ridge were absolutely worth a little pain during the uphill hike. At least the first part of the hike was uphill, which I prefer. We even saw mountain goats while we were enjoying the mountains and glaciers.

Visited July 2014
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Bellevue, Washington
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Amazing view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The only way to see the Saskatchewan Glacier, and what a view. Mud and snow on the trail in late June, but the view was worth it.

Visited June 2014
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Thought I should sing sound of music. Moderate trails and took 3 hours round trip. I am a slow hiker

Visited July 2014
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