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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  • 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!  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • Nice and short hike (parking a few km south of the Columbia glacier) in a landscape discovered flowery Landes (for once not as often in the Rockies). At the top of the Ridge spectacular view on the huge Saskatchewan glacier, which is not visible from the road "the Icefields Parkway"
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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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