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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 29 October 2018
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 22 October 2018
happyme_13
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Parker Ridge is a moderately challenging 5 km trail along the Icefields Parkway, located about 1.5 hours south of Jasper and north of the Saskatchewan Crossing. I hiked here in August 2017 along the drive from Jasper to Banff. The trail was uphill the entire...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BrittanyAdventures
Reviewed 29 October 2018

A short climb (1 1/2 hours) through the forest is rewarded with incredible views of the surroundings, especially Saskachewan Glacier, the longest glacier of the Canadian Rockies!

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank sdemmerle
Reviewed 22 October 2018

Lots of parking availabile . Yes, it is uphill, but so worth the vistas from the top, in all directions. Nice and safe, no scarey drop offs.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank happyme_13
Reviewed 23 September 2018

It had snowed a few days before, sections of the path, especially before you reached the summit were slippy and we fell, people coming down were falling. So we took '2 short cuts' in the snow at the top to avoid the bad bits and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank IanMinshall
Reviewed 19 September 2018

great hike, but we were "cheated" out of the promised spectacular view of the glacier by a sudden September snowsquall at the top! Was actually quite charming, AND we got a consolation prize of a herd of big-horn sheep (ewes and young only, no ram)...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Daniel H
Reviewed 18 September 2018

This hike is not overly difficult as it switchbacks up the hill however is quite busy. There are a number of trails that diverge from the main path where people have taken shortcuts. Unfortunately this damages the environment making it less attractive particularly as there...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Hubby is 68 and I am 60 and we are average fitness. This hike is 1,000 foot elevation gain but the gain is via switchbacks which does make it easier. We had trekking poles which were a great help. Also, I am afraid of heights...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Pegster2
Reviewed 13 September 2018

We did this walk with sleet starting to set in. The walk starts with a long uphill grind as you switch back and forth across the hill until you reach the top of the ridge line and it flattens out a lot. Not sure that...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Les B
Reviewed 12 September 2018

This was recommended by someone in Jasper and we are glad we stopped. Providing you don't race up you will find the trek eminently doable. The view of the glacier is certainly worth the effort. As with any hiking in this region warm clothes and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank alannsarah
Reviewed 11 September 2018

On the Ice Fields route, this is one of the best stops. Don't miss it. Walk around a bit to get different perspectives. Watch for the turn out.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Flyguyngirl
2 August 2018|
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Response from kristieandmichael | Reviewed this property |
I would think you would need to rent a car and drive the Icefields Parkway. Or you may be able to call around to different tour companies to see if anyone would take you there. But it's an easy drive to do yourself.
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Flyguyngirl
2 August 2018|
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Response from er_katrina | Reviewed this property |
Renting a car will be the best option, the drive from Banff to the little town of Jasper is very scenic. You can stop on plenty of viewpoints. Download the Icefields Parkway Gypsy Tour, this will you give all of the possible... More
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flying2011
24 May 2018|
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Response from Henri B | Reviewed this property |
There will be snow there most likely. Our most recent trip was early June. You should have a great time, but expect the trail to be covered with snow, and plan accordingly.
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