Parker's Ridge trail, Banff NP, AB (Canada)
Parker's Ridge, Canada
Parker's Ridge trail, Banff NP, AB (Canada) Reviews
Mar 19, 2007
Parker's Ridge Trail is a short but steep hike in the Canadian Rockies. It offers great views of the Saskatchewan Glacier which is part of the mighty Columbia Icefield.
The path can be easily accessed from famous Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park (close to Sunwapta Pass). There is a signed parking area. The first view of the trail may be disappointing: Parker's Ridge seems to be just an ordinary alpine slope. And even the ascent does not offer spectacular views. From the parking area the trail does lead through a tundra like landscape. The steepest part comes where the switchbacks end. It took me about 45 minutes to reach the summit. What I saw took my breath away. The North Saskatchewan River with the beautiful Saskatchewan Glacier in the background. Awesome! The best thing was that no other tourists were in sight - contrary to my visit to the easier accessible Athabsaca Glacier where crowds of people trample arround.
I walked this trail twice (1994 & 1999). In 1994 (july) the trail conditions were just perfect. In 1999 there was a lot of snow left (july, too!) which made the path quite muddy. Hiking was much more strenuous. Took me 60 minutes to reach the top of the ridge this time.
900 feet/274 m
3.7 mile/5,9 km
It can be pretty windy (--> cold) on the ridge!
You don't have to pay for the trail but an entrance fee for the National Park.
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