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Parker Ridge Trail

Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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it is short but offers unforgettable view

what else do you ask for a trail? this trail is short, only 5 km round trip, with some modest... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Xiaojing s
San Diego, California
Such a great trail, take rests and you CAN do this!

This was highly rated by our friends, so we wanted to hike it. The views as you walk up were... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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Reviewed 3 days ago

what else do you ask for a trail? this trail is short, only 5 km round trip, with some modest switchbacks at the beginning, at the top, it offers massive views of the glacier, the river and some mountain ridges. it is one of my...More

Thank Xiaojing s
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was highly rated by our friends, so we wanted to hike it. The views as you walk up were stunning. And seeing the glacier at the top is great! TIP: We thought the views from the top were better from he LEFT side (closer)...More

Thank traveldoc
Reviewed 1 week ago

The switchbacks make it easier - just allow yourself plenty of time and go for it. The view of the ice fields and glacier at the top is breathtaking and we found a place to sit and enjoy our lunch. Once you feel you're at...More

Thank Mary V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Short but sharp 5.4km round trip with 250m of elevation. About two hours if you're reasonably fit (I'm 64)

Thank David M
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must-do hike for anyone traveling along the Columbia Icefields Parkway. The trail is straightforward and easy to navigate. Depending on one's hiking experience, it would be easy to moderate. After 2.5K of moderate elevation gain, one is rewarded with expansive views of Saskatchewan Glacier....More

Thank Tim R
Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a great stop, an easy hike up to the ridge where you can view the Saskatchewan glacier below, and tons of amazing scenery in every direction. Lots of wildflowers in "spring".

1  Thank mog2012
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely a gem of a hike. It is a 3-4 miles roundtrip with moderate elevation gain. The hike has multiple switchbacks in the beginning but the elevation gain is slow making it an easy hike. Once you reach the top, don't give up,...More

3  Thank TravelBugPK
Reviewed 1 week ago

This hike is a little steep and it is windy at the summit. You can take a shortcut to the right just past the summit's 2 posts and see the glacier and river.

Thank Lawito
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great trail to hike on in Banff National Park, Alberta. The Parker Ridge Trail has stunning views of the mountains and ridge.

Thank Jan154982
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved this hike - it is not long, and the trail is very well maintained but the trail is fairly steep. We have treking sticks and were glad to have them. We are both very fit mid-60s and found the hike moderate/easy - meaning...More

2  Thank Nemo1921
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23 August 2017|
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Response from Canada1vli | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see anything. And there were a lot of people using the trail. I didn't have bear spray with me either.
24 July 2017|
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Response from JML02118 | Reviewed this property |
It's about 180km from downtown Banff to the Parker Ridge trailhead. The official speed limit is 90km on that section of road, so depending on how you drive, it should take you at most two hours to get there if you don't make... More
24 July 2017|
Response from Troy P | Reviewed this property |
It took us about 3 hours but that was with a stop to see Peyto lake. Also not something to be missed.