Parker Ridge Trail, Banff

4.9
#3 of 81 in Trails in Alberta
Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • I was very fortunate to see mountain goats. They were running from one side to the other. It was quite windy at the too but the View was amazing. Definitely recommend this hike.  more »
  • This is an easy trail to get to a stunning view of the glaciers and mountains. I am not sure why other reviewers say it is challenging. At 81 years old it is one of the few remaining hikes that I can....  more »
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  • Relatively short but steep hike with an amazing view on top. One of the most rewarding stops on Icefield Parkway
  • 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.

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