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This is an underrated experience. If you are around the Icefields Parkway (and have snow tires) head here to see the glacier. The trail is a little tricky at some points, but is often flat. There was a lot of wind coming off the glacier on our hike so war clothes covering most of your body (face included) is helpful. There was very little snow on most of the trail (because the wind had blown it away).

Easy hike for the whole family with fantastic view of Peyto Lake at the overlook.

Absolutely gorgeous, one of the best views I've ever seen. Very easy. The trailhead is at the north end of the first parking lot. It was not too busy since it is winter, but there were more people here than most prefer places (except Lake Louise).

It looks photoshopped in real life.

Closed for caribou conservation as of Nov 1... check Parks Canada trail reports for update as to when that area has the restrictions lifted! Beautiful views here though

hiking
1 month ago

This is not an easy hike .. moderate at least .. especially at the moment since you spent the entire time trudging through snow and ice .. must have cleats or poles to get to the top .. well marked but thanks to AllTrails map for helping us though this route .. the view? Stunning. The experience? Absolutely worth it!

walking
1 month ago

Easy access .. small falls if you want to take a break from driving.

A must see if you are in and around Banff .. short drive up and the scenery is spectacular .. I’ve has started to build up sonic you have some cleats handy, make sure you bring them along .. ok, lookout does get crowded however, not a reason not to miss out!

Shortie but a goodie. Worthwhile stop if you’re driving on Icefields Parkway.

Amazing view, but not the best experience. The lookout is so crowded, it’s like a mosh pit.

Note that the trail is icy. However, as of the 20th of October, the bus road is closed, and not as slippery. Best that you walk up this road if you don’t have cleats.

Very easy hike with some very amazing views! We stopped at this hike in the morning and it was so refreshing! Easy hike to use as a warm up before heading to the motel challenging ones!

I loved everything about this little hike! Not overrun with tourists and the views are simply breathtaking. Words and photos don’t do it justice!

5 starts for the lake itself but too crowded for my liking.

Very pretty view of Peyto Lake right after the snow storm. Please wear the proper gear as we saw people slipping all over the place. Take the trek up to the left to view beautiful snow covered forests.

This is a nice hike with numerous waterfalls leading to Stanley Falls. The trailhead sign says that the trail is not maintained by Parks Canada and to be aware of steep cliffs and use caution. I was a bit hesitant after reading the signage, but there was nothing to be nervous about as long as you don’t get too close to the cliffs. Just use common sense. When you head on the trail, you will follow along Beauty Creek initially. There is a paved section of trail that does not indicate whether to go left or right to continue to Stanley Falls. Go right. At the end of the paved section, you will head into a forested area and start to hike along the river leading up to Stanley Falls. The trail is not difficult to follow, but watch where you are walking as there are many roots and objects that you can trip on. At the end is a sign indicating that you have reached Stanley Falls. If you continue past the falls, there is a sign saying wilderness route. I didn’t venture past. Nice, relatively easy hike - good stop if you love waterfalls.

hiking
2 months ago

Most people only see the upper falls which are a very short walk from the parking area. The lower falls are also very beautiful and worth a visit. The trail to the lower Sunwapta Falls is not particularly scenic until you approach the end as it does not provide views of the river. It can be a bit steep in certain places as well.

The view is a 5 star, but the crowd is a 1. It's a steep incline up and today when we went it was a little slick from snowfall. The view was beautiful and it's short walk to get to. However, the tourist were rude and it was elbow to elbow on the lookout. The best views are if you escape the crowd just a little going beyond the lookout platforms to the right and take photos with no one rushing you and even better views...this will require a slight adventure but nothing that was difficult to do.

Heavily trafficed is an understatement! It is basically a narrow paved trail the entire way where you are weaving in and out of tourists walking at turtle pace like they do not have the entire Canadian Rockies to explore! Once you actually get to the lookout, you cannot get a single good picture because someone else is always there. I don't think I need to see this lake again, but was glad I braved the crowd to at least see it once in person.

hiking
2 months ago

Parker Ridge is a trail I found to be pretty challenging even though I’ve seen it shown as an easy trail. On my visit in late September, the bottom section of the trail was incredibly muddy. (If you don’t want your shoes to get dirty, you might want to check the trail conditions or go elsewhere.) The next section was snow covered which made it a bit slippery. At the top of the ridge was dirt covered trail which was by far the easiest part of the trail. It is a short, but at various points, steep hike. You are awarded with an incredible view of a valley and mountains on the other side of Parker Ridge. Keep walking to the left, and a lake will come into view on your right. It is an amazing sight. As you proceed to the left, the trail becomes rather narrow, so proceed carefully. Not for the faint-hearted. The descent was possibly just as challenging due to the slippery snow and mud.

2 months ago

Done when snowing and this makes the trail a lot more harder. but views at the end are just stunning. And even better with the snow

This hike was one of my favorites! We came here in early September. Great weather for hiking. No crowds here and the waterfalls in the canyon were gorgeous. Don’t miss out on this trail!!!

Short, Steep hike up the road from where the cars parked. Buses were allowed all the way up. Crazy, pushy tourists crowded onto the icy trail from the buses to the view of Peyto Lake.

Very easy. Awesome view!

2 months ago

Wonderful, easy hike up to the ridge and stunning views. Very windy, come prepared. Path is icy snow, hiking poles help. Please stay on trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Gave it a 3 because it was so snowy/cloudy/foggy that we couldn’t even see the water. Trail was snow/ice covered and very slippery. Definitely not worth the drive when it is snowing as the roads were snow covered with sheer drop offs with very few guard rails. People were driving with their flashers on and cars/buses were backed up (ie, at a stand still) trying to get up the mountain road. Cars were turning around to go back to Banff on a very narrow mountain road with curves and very limited visibility. We made it to The Crossing, spent the night, and with more snow being forecasted decided not to continue onto Jasper, but to go back to Banff. Disappointing.

Beautiful view! Saw the fox outline and mountains surrounding it so clearly. 12/10 would recommend.

hiking
3 months ago

Great easy hike to expansive views of the Saskatchewan Glacier below. Switchbacks for about a mile up before the trail reaches the ridge and the views begin. The hike to the end of the trail gives the best views but the slope gets pretty exposed, with the thin, rocky trail passing through a steep scree field. Still, a good reward for relatively little expended effort. We got there relatively early (10 AM) and the lot was nearly full. Up and down in about 2.5 hours, with ample time to gawk at the views and take a lot of photos.

Such a marvelous lake !

We went late afternoon and it was very crowded! A lot of buses and tourists ! We were a bit disapointed but we walked the main trail anyway and took a trail away from the main path after the belvedere! What a good choice we made !! The view is much more impressive! And you can appreciate your moment without having thousands of tourists behind your back ! My advice: take the small trail after the belvedere!

Very easy but beautiful

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