Parker Ridge Trail, Banff

4.9
#2 of 30 in Trails in Banff National 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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  • This was the highlight of our five days in Banff. If you are going to be anywhere near the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center, take part of your day to do this! We got to the parking lot at 8:00 in th...  more »
  • Having been recommended the walk, we set out. Fortunately the skies had cleared. The walk is a consistent climb to the ridge, but we were 'wowed' when we got to see the glacier. A real treat. There we...  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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