Parker Ridge Trail

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Traveler29TT29
Cypress, CA89 contributions
We loved this trail. Somewhat easy switches up to the top with beautiful new trees and flowers along the trail. Beautiful stunning glacier at the top and we saw a big herd of bighorn sheep. Only downfall was it was full of mosiqutoes but we just put some bug spray on and continued. Well worth the hike to the top!
Written 8 August 2022
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JFLeBlanc
Moncton, Canada3,361 contributions
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Recently did this trail! Such a beauty! Not an easy one and is not wheelchair accessible. Beginning is a bit tougher as you need to walk up hill. Once you’re up there, the views are fabulous and well worth it!

You wont regret it making it as once you’re there, you see another glacier that you cannot see from the road.

Many thanks to Parks Canada for a wonderful trail!
Written 13 July 2022
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RMandboys
Hampshire, UK86 contributions
The Icefields Parkway was suddenly closed ahead of us due to an accident which was expected to take several hours to clear. We took the opportunity to climb the Parker Ridge Trail. This was a great 2 hours! The views from the top are stunning. Highly recommended.
Written 6 July 2022
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Sarah
Halifax, Canada21 contributions
Decent, short hike with great views! This trail is family friendly with switchbacks, ~2 hours there and back, and high traffic. Super windy on the top of the ridge so dress warm. The signage isn't great at the top and got a little lost but nothing too bad. If you are in the area for a while or are looking for glacier views I would recommend.

If you are short on time, I think there are other trails in the area that are less work for a better view, and would skip out on this. You can see a breathtaking glacier from the road just 10 minute drive up the road.
Written 13 November 2021
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PaulaDDuck
Toronto, Canada191 contributions
It had snowed overnight, so the surrounding trees and some of the trail were snow covered, so it was handy to have proper hiking boots and poles. It is a steady upward climb. As we neared the top, the wind and snow increased; however, we were lucky that shortly thereafter, the wind dropped, the snow stopped and a glimmer of sun appeared on the Saskatchewan glacier, the valley, the waterfall and surrounding peaks. Soon the wind and snow picked up again. It took us about 2 hours round trip including stopping for pictures. Well worth the effort!
Written 21 September 2021
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LesleyYang
New York City, NY164 contributions
No mistake it's not easy. A lot of elevation at the front. But it's not dangerous and if you pace yourself you can make it. The top view is super rewarding but even along the way it's fantastic! Just go~~
Written 31 August 2021
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WinnipegSteve
Winnipeg, Canada103 contributions
We hadn't planned on spending time here - stopping just to look at the flowers on the lower part of the trail. However, we kept climbing and eventually reached the top. We were blown away. This is the closest thing to the Swiss Alps that we've seen anywhere outside Switzerland. Spectacular views of the glacier, river, and surrounding mountains.

Note that when you reach the crest, you can either go right (which appears to be higher) or left. Take the left trail - although it doesn't go quite as high, you have much better views of the glacier, valley, and river.
Written 18 August 2021
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Mark K
Edmonton, Canada282 contributions
I did this hike by moonlight many years ago, and I was so trilled to do it again in summer time. Last time we were "Lost on Parker's Ridge" LOL, but not this time. It's a wonderful hike about 5.1 km round trip, it's a bit of elevation 260m, but lots of places to rest and watch the over the ridge you are climbing. Such a beautiful area, and you get to see the Saskatewan Glacier.
Written 26 July 2021
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Liz M
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The day we hiked Parker Ridge, it was very windy. The hike started off in a wooded area so we had plenty of protection; however, at the top, the wind was incredible. The view of the Saskatchewan Glacier was breath taking and worth the hike. The trail is very well laid out and anyone travelling the Icefield Parkway should allow a few hours to take advantage of this hiking trail. My husband is much less active than I am and he was able to do this hike by taking his time. I would highly recommend this hike for all levels of abilities.
Written 11 November 2020
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Karen N
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A nice break on the trip from Banff to Jasper with a great view. Hike is moderate but as a spectacular glacier view.
Written 19 September 2020
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