Parker Ridge is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Alberta, AB that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until October.
After a series of switchbacks youll be rewarded with dramatic views of the Saskatchewan Glacier headwaters of the Saskatchewan River. This is a must do trail along the Icefields Parkway. Help maintain this fragile alpine ecosystem by staying on the trail. Fairly short trail with most of the climbing at the start as the trail quickly gets above the sparse tree cover around the trail-head and then bends southeast. Once you reach the bend, when it level outs, you will start to get views of the glacial valley with the Saskatchewan Glacier on the northern end. Continue to walk to the end of the trial as the views only get better, look across the valley to the opposite ridge to view multiple waterfalls.
Amazing to see my girls' first "on top of the world" moment. Beautiful trail up and rewarding views at the lookout. Make sure to take the trail to the apex (rock shelter) for the full extent of the wind off the glacier. Fun little hike that was not too difficult.
Excellent! It looks like an ok hike at the trailhead, but incredibly worth it! I thought to avoid the tourist trap and find something more remote, but I'm so glad we did it!
Perfect quick hike with an amazing view
Great hike with amazing views!
Great trail with awesome views, with not a lot of effort put in to get those views. The trail can have some traffic but it is well worth it. Best times to hike this trail are morning or later afternoon. Wilcox Pass is across the parkway, which is a more difficult trail with more great views and higher than normal chances of seeing Bighorns and Goats.