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17 hours ago

Has anyone been here today? If so how was the smoke? We are doing a day trip there tomorrow from Edmonton. Thanks Krista .

hiking
1 day ago

Short hike that ends in one of the best views in the entire park.

Great Hike! There’s is currently a lot of smoke in the area due to wildfires and we’ve met a fair amount of people but definitely a fun hike!

hiking
4 days ago

This relatively short hike takes you quickly past the tree line and offers great views along the ridge. Once at the top there are even more trails that offer even better views. One trail takes you down a little to view the glaciers. Another trail takes you up another hundred or so feet to that has great views of Mount Athabasca and the surrounding mountains. The hike was short and steep bu the views made it 100% worth it.

This was a real pleasant surprise. This hike has it all. Walk right next to a beautiful lake, scramble through some flooded areas, some forest, walk across a barren area with views of the river downstream of the falls and finally some fantastic waterfalls! This is now near the top of my all time favorites.

Incredible hike. The views start relatively early in the hike, so it’s worth doing even if you only want complete a short part of it. The views at the top are absolutely stunning. One of my favorites.

Relatively busy and has lots of fencing.

Amazing views for relatively little effort.

walking
6 days ago

This is not a hike. It’s an easy walk along a paved road/sidewalk. That being said, the waterfall is stunning and the walk along the river in one direction and the walk along the canyon in the other direction are both beautiful as well. Good for families with little kids or elderly people. The main part is handicap accessible

I honestly didn’t want to go on this hike as I’m in favor of more challenging trails, but my girlfriend demanded we go. I’m glad she did...we took the most scenic pictures here out of our entire 6 days in Banff National Park. The views are spectacular and absolutely worth every second. Just be sure to arrive early (7am??) as it is a hotbed for the tour busses. We started about 7:15am and only saw a few people along the way. A+

Not a hike more of a short walk, visit early in the day as lots of tour buses stop here.

Beautiful hike, makes for a good day trip. It’s a fairly easy hike and has rewarding views at the top! Would recommend!

hiking
8 days ago

The most unreal views I’ve ever seen but a little too crowded for me. Try going early or later in the day, take side trails off the main path and hike down below the wooden overlook to escape the crowd.

Very nice view at the end of a short walk, but so, so crowded.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice travelled path but didn't feel like I was just walking on a trail. Lots of wide areas to rest and good view at the end.

hiking
11 days ago

Did that hike on a whim while driving on the ice field park ways, and this was a great decision! Relatively quick ascent for stunning views of the glaciers, far from the tourist crowd on the road (even if a lot of people climb this path). Kinda cold and windy but worth it :)

hiking
13 days ago

Hiked on July 28, 2018

Tips
• Washrooms and gravel parking at the trail head.
• Parking may be limited so you might have to park across the highway at the Bow Lake lookout.
• Do not leave the trail as the surrounding area is extremely sensitive and potentially dangerous.
• Mosquitos are very active compared to other trails in the area so bring repellant.
• Bring bear spray and make sure it is easily accessible for the entirety of the hike.

The trail hosts stunning views for the latter 2/3 of the hike, whereas the first part of the hike runs through the woods. There are some steep sections as well as a few breathtaking lookout points on the way to the lake. Depending on the season, you’ll likely encounter some wildflowers and a stream crossing. Helen Lake can be quite cool compared to the rest of the hike so dress/pack accordingly. Overall, Helen Lake Trail offers beautiful views and is moderately difficult—suitable for experienced beginners.

on Parker Ridge

13 days ago

A steep but short trail with amazing views and photo ops at the top. Really gorgeous and worth the stop. One can explore the web of trails along the ridges but the best views were straight ahead once you reach the top. Buggy during the climb. Windy and very cool at the top as the wind is blowing off the glacier.

on Wilcox Pass

hiking
15 days ago

A very worthwhile hike. Not very strenuous. Be prepared to dodge fellow humans but at least the bugs are far and few between. Great views from most of the trail but the best when you reach the very top.

on Parker Ridge

hiking
15 days ago

Awesome hike! We did this hike during our day driving along the Icefields Parkway. Was trying to decide between this hike and Wilcox, but very happy we did this one! From what I understand (I could be wrong) Wilcox looks out onto glaciers that can already be seen from the road, Parker Ridge looks out onto one that can't be seen from the road and it definitely has an epic view at the top! Very steep hike, but I think we did it in about 2 hours. Bring bug spray, mosquitoes come out near the lower part of the trail.

Was beautiful but lack of indications

Stunning views of Peyto Lake but insanely crowded. Expect to bring all of your patience when battling for parking or views at the overlook. Walk down just below the overlook for the same view with much less people. The view of the lake and glacier above make this quick hike worth it.

hiking
17 days ago

There was quite a crowd at the parking lot and upper falls, but only a small number of people walk the easy trail to the lower falls. Definitely worth the extra time to go down there and check it out. Don't stop at the bench when you get there - keep walking a bit more to see even more!

hiking
17 days ago

Highly recommend a stop here if you're driving the icefields parkway. Nice views most of the way up, with an awesome view of a glacier at the top. Definitely a highlight of our trip to Banff/Jasper

hiking
17 days ago

Amazing views throughout this hike! Wilcox ridge is a must for an amazing view of the ice fields.

on Helen Lake Trail

hiking
17 days ago

Spectacular hike. Gradual ascent so not difficult at all. Trail was busy on Saturday. Weather was perfect.

The trail gives you a much better view of the lake...away from the crowds!

hiking
21 days ago

Loved this hike especially the ridge walk at the end. Totally worth the uphill to get there! Great views.

hiking
21 days ago

Loved this hike! I enjoyed the wooded portion at the beginning as much as the amazing vistas once we emerged above the tree line. Spectacular!

hiking
23 days ago

I went with my 14 year old son and 10 year old daughter. It was a very nice hike with lots of changing scenery. My daughter loved the streams we passed and the flowers and mushrooms. We started the hike at 3:45pm and finished it at 7:45. It was really nice. Wish we could have gone on a little bit it was too late. We saw the grizzly bear just off the path and made sure I made lots of noise on our way back. We also saw some other wildlife and was very nice weather for the day (Saturday). The incline at the start was a good incline for my daughter but she did good. She liked the hike more than moose mountain the week before. But my son liked both hikes a lot and wouldn’t say one was better over the other. Make sure you bring bear spray as I have heard this area is frequent with grizzly bears (heard this after the hike from a fellow experienced hiker).

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