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Amazing reward for a hike that doesn’t take very long. Took about 2.5 hours to ascend at a brisk pace. 1.5 hours coming back. The views from the top are incredible.

People are right, parking is hard to get there early. The view is also the best in the morning. It’s an easy short hike, though some children and seniors may find it difficult. There are good views from the bottom of the pile so even those with physical disabilities could enjoy the view of moraine.

2 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.

Amazing views for relatively little effort.

Incredible hike, well worth the final push! The view of the valley is near unparalleled. Bring lots of water and be prepared for the attack of the black flies. Also, be prepared the smoke and haze will likely obscure some of your view in the late summer due to wildfires.

Parking is a bitch. So I started to walk the 12km road. Got picked up by a french couple. Starting walking down got picked up by a German couple. Ppl are super nice.

Muddy, but an easy, gradual incline to the top. Bit of a steep incline towards the end. Bit of a hidden gem hike. Took 4.5 hours round trip and didn't see a single person.

Absolutely stunning! We had to walk on a snow-covered ridge for about 20 minutes and I didn't have my hiking boots but regular trail shoes. The view above is breathtaking.

6 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.

6 days ago

The tip I kept getting was to arrive before 7 am, however the lot fills up by 5 am and stays closed a good portion of the day. Allow yourself a couple of tries to get in. When you finally do, you’re rewarded with the most unreal view for a short hike. It’s worth battling the crowd to get in and if you try, you can find a quiet spot.

6 days ago

A nice view of Moraine Lake, but there are better views available on the Shoreline Trail.

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

7 days ago

One of the most amazing views I've ever seen. Not only do you get to see bits of Moraine Lake with the gorgeous blue water, but if you can make it to the top you will not regret it. The hike itself is very steep, but it is well worth the struggle in the end.

Amazing hike with stunning views. We did it in September, it snowed for a little bit but didn’t discourage us, unforgettable experience! Trekking poles recommended.

climbed the rock pile, and then walked trail back. great view from top


I la la loveeedd this hike! fairly easy and quick especially considering the amazing views! very muddy at the beginning!

Fabulous views from the Pass well worth the effort.

Epic hike. The views are stunning.

Took us about 2 hours there and 1.5 on the way back. Switchbacks are indeed exhausting, but the views are worth it. Make sure to leave early in the morning so you get a parking spot or you’ll have to wait around. Overall great hike!!

Beautiful hike with amazing views from the top. hiked with our 2 young boys 4 and 8 with no problems.

10 days ago

What an exquisitely beautiful hike!! Every step of the way. If you want to complete this hike before noon you must get here very early. Got here at 5:30 am and at least 100 cars already. Many wonderful trails all around this area so the lot fills fast. The steepest grind is at the beginning and end. Larch Valley is a gorgeous break. Poles would have been helpful on the descent. We are well into our 50s but completed it in about 5 hours with many stops to savor the views. Stunning hike.

on Parker Ridge

11 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.

Amazes me every time I go. Of all the hikes I've done, this was the most rewarding view!

on Parker Ridge

14 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.

Great view over lake louise, lake agnes and mirror lake during the hike

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.

15 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

What a view!

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