Parker Ridge Trail
Parker Ridge Trail
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Nae L
Port Macquarie, Australia44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Stunning views - quick elevation gain so was tough on some slippery sections but worth it! I was glad to have hiking poles!
Written 31 March 2024
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luv4phood
Marietta, GA809 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a quick hike with fantastic views. We arrived a little bit later in the afternoon so it was not terribly crowded. The trail makes a quick elevation gain for beautiful views of the Saskatchewan Glacier. The trail is mostly loose rock so hiking boots are a must. Also, this trail has no shade. In the summer, a hat and sunblock would be recommended.
Written 2 February 2024
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Henry L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I started this hike at around 10 AM. The parking lot was not full, although there were a little over 10 cars, so I found a parking spot pretty easily. For the first 15 minutes or so, the trail is surrounded by trees. Once you go up a bit, the views open up and you can see the panoramic view of the Icefields Parkway, Mount Athabasca, and Hilda Peak.

The trail gains its height with several switchbacks but it gets steeper fairly gradually, so even if you haven't done many hikes before, take several breaks and use hiking poles if needed, and you will eventually reach the top of the hill.

The trails gets fairly flat on top of the hill, and soon you will be encountered with the amazing view of the Saskatchewan Glacier in the far distance, which is the largest outflow glacier in the Columbia Icefields.

When you encounter an intersection, do NOT go right, as you will lose the view of the glacier. Instead, keep going straight or if you want a better view of the glacier, go left by following the yellow markers. In less than 10 minutes, you will see the complete view of the glacier with nothing blocking the view.

I personally think this trail can be classified as "family friendly." My parents who are 65+ years old also did this hike with me. They had to take several breaks but even with those breaks, it took 1 hour for us to reach the top of the hill and see the glacier and nearly 2 hours to finish the entire hike (including stops for photos). Anyone who has done lots of hiking should find this trail very easy and should be able to finish the hike way less than 2 hours. FYI, my parents used hiking poles but I didn't find any need to use them, although you may want to use them when there is snow on the trail.

This hike is a MUST if you are visiting Banff/Jasper because the trail is short and not steep but you can enjoy an amazing view (You cannot see the Saskatchewan Glacier on any road). You can also combine this hike with another if you are able and time permits. I did this hike in the morning and then Big Beehive hike at Lake Louise in the afternoon on the same day, and it was totally doable.

Highly recommend!

P.S. When I came down to the parking lot at around noon after hike, there were TONS of cars. Arrive well before noon if you want to get a good parking spot.
Written 12 August 2023
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Sarah M
Summit, NJ15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Much of the trail you will see and hear the icefields parkway. Reason for 4 stars instead of 5. Once you are on the ridge you find the views and the trail is much nicer.
Written 31 August 2022
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frenchie123
Ottawa, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Even though you may not be going to Jasper, a day to drive up to Parker Ridge Trail is a MUST! This was our best family hike of our trip - not too much of a work-out to get amazing views! The beginning of the trail is steep, but it's so beautiful that you don't think about it. Don't wait or debate, just do it!
Written 25 August 2022
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World-travel-MS
Munich, Germany456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Beautiful hike! It starts with some steep switchbacks, but not steeper than larch valley @ moraine lake or big beehive @ lake Louise. It was a bit tough to get up there but we’ll worth it. There’s beautiful views of the glacier as well as countless mountain ranges. It’s really serene up there and plenty of space to move around. You can keep hiking as long as you like
Written 22 August 2022
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CanuckAlberta
Alberta647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I am not a hard core hiker but have covered quite a few trails in Kananaskis, Banff, Icefield Parkway and Jasper but Parker Ridge Trail is my new favorite. Even though it is rated green the first 2km are quite tough as it is all switchbacks and root covered trails. You then emerge above the treeline in a wide open alpine with numerous trails and vistas to choose from. You can even continue up the ridge toward the Saskatchewan glacier for several thousand more feet if you want. Amazing views of Saskatchewan glacier and several other valleys. Only downside was there we lots of mosquitos until you get above 7000ft.
Written 17 August 2022
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Traveler29TT29
Cypress, CA85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We loved this trail. Somewhat easy switches up to the top with beautiful new trees and flowers along the trail. Beautiful stunning glacier at the top and we saw a big herd of bighorn sheep. Only downfall was it was full of mosiqutoes but we just put some bug spray on and continued. Well worth the hike to the top!
Written 8 August 2022
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JFLeBlanc
Moncton, Canada4,724 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Recently did this trail! Such a beauty! Not an easy one and is not wheelchair accessible. Beginning is a bit tougher as you need to walk up hill. Once you’re up there, the views are fabulous and well worth it!

You wont regret it making it as once you’re there, you see another glacier that you cannot see from the road.

Many thanks to Parks Canada for a wonderful trail!
Written 13 July 2022
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RMandboys
Hampshire, UK86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The Icefields Parkway was suddenly closed ahead of us due to an accident which was expected to take several hours to clear. We took the opportunity to climb the Parker Ridge Trail. This was a great 2 hours! The views from the top are stunning. Highly recommended.
Written 6 July 2022
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