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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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A bit disappointed in the wildflowers

We hiked this trail in mid July thinking we'd see fields of wildflowers. While there were quite a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
westwardh0
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Dunlap, IL
View at the top is worth it

This is not an easy hike (straight up switchbacks), but the view of the Saskatchewan Glacier at the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
jojogump
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“great hike” (28 reviews)
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Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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"short hike"
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"great hike"
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"amazing glacier"
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"worth the climb"
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"experienced hikers"
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Reviewed yesterday

We hiked this trail in mid July thinking we'd see fields of wildflowers. While there were quite a few individual plants, and very pretty, it was not the blanket of flowers we were expecting. Still, the hike was nice. Good (but not magnificent) views -...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This is not an easy hike (straight up switchbacks), but the view of the Saskatchewan Glacier at the top is worth it.

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Reviewed yesterday

was a nice hike , very steep incline , but the view is over rated if you are an experienced hiker you will have no issue at all and worth it, if not that experienced may not be worth the effort

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Every time we are in the Rockies we try and do this trail. It is an easier trail and so beautiful, once you get to the top so scenic, absolutely breathtaking, would recommend this hike!

2  Thank HMMB79
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Bang for your buck (effort) this is one of the best. Views from the top make it so you don't want to leave. Totally awesome -

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the perfect spot to get out and walk while driving the Icefields Parkway. We had our two girls with us, ages 11 and 13. My youngest was complaining a bit on how steep it was, but I think she was just tired of...More

1  Thank Kristie G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was honestly the highlight of my trip. The weather on July 5th was perfect. Great little hike that gives you amazing views. There is some road construction which did cause delays so plan to go earlier in the day to avoid back-ups. Met some...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a truly breathtaking drive. each turn reveals a different vista and mountain site. Road is easy to drive and well maintained.

1  Thank Kerryloves2travel
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Parker Ridge trail on the Icefields Parkway in Alberta's Banff National Park to explore requires a park pass and you get free parking. It was raining and that made it slippery in fact it rained the whole 2 weeks we were there you cant control...More

9  Thank chickandbeast
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am reluctant to write this as one of the reasons we loved this trail was that it wasn’t super busy. It was a moderately difficult hike and the view of the melting glacier on the other side was outstanding. I particularly loved the carpet...More

4  Thank Canamcanuckeh
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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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JBRetired
14 March 2018|
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Response from Shawnda M |
Always wise to carry bear spray on any trail... You just never know. Bells don't work. Bears are regularly seen near highways... Unfortunately humans feed them to get photos. Idiots.
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Butt0n28
10 February 2018|
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Response from Henri B | Reviewed this property |
We hiked it in early June in waist deep snow. The other "interesting" note is that in this area they use explosives during the winter to manage avalanches. There is a sign that warns of the possibility of unexploded shells... More
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