Parker Ridge Trail, Banff

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Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy Parker Ridge Trail, a picturesque uphill trek in Banff National Park. The trailhead lies near a scenic parkway for easy access. Starting steep, the moderately easy 2.7 km (1.7 mi) hike will take you to a spectacular viewpoint near the ridge summit. From the end of the trail, you can observe the Saskatchewan glacier and the snowcapped Mount Athabasca, or explore the surrounding area further. Make Parker Ridge Trail a centerpiece of your Banff National Park vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Banff National Park trip itinerary maker site .
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  • An easy short hike near the Columbia Icefields with spectacular views of the Saskatchewan Glacier and the valley which it carved. 4-5 km round trip with 250 meters elevation gain. 1-2 hours. Be sure t...  more »
  • I took my Eagle Scouts to hike Parker Ridge on my most recent visit. No better view/effort ratio in Candian Rockies! Fantastic vistas, incredible flora and a "mountain top", all for a modest amount of...  more »
  • Real nice time in this area. Ice age trail, Water Falls 3.2 mile trail. Some what in heavy use..Well worth the vaction time.  more »
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  • Best 45 minute hike anywhere in the Canadian Rockies. Pretty much above the treeline all the way, the views of the Saskatchewan Glacier (largest one on the Columbia Icefields and the source of the North Saskatchewan River) are very impressive. Hike in the summer or snowshoe/ski in the winter. Be sure to stay on the trail to avoid damage to the fragile alpine terrain.
  • A completely underrated location. You have to make a stop here to take in the sights. It is a bit of a walk which zig zags up the mountain. But once at the top there are two spots well worth the trip. Parking is an issue. Limited space.
  • Was a hike and a half getting up to the summit, But worth every stride
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