Parker Ridge

EASY 58 reviews

Parker Ridge is a 5.1 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Saskatchewan River Crossing, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
5.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
268 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

river

views

waterfall

no dogs

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.

1 month ago

This trail offered stunning views during the entire hike, from trailhead to summit. The trail was completely snowed under in late October, but there were enough markers and trail railings after treeline to keep you on track. An absolute must, and the drive to the trail was gorgeous.

2 months ago

short but breath taking hike

hiking
2 months ago

stunning Views wonderful Hike i would Rate it moderate

hiking
3 months ago

Can't say enough great things about this trail. Power through the switchbacks for one of the most rewarding short hikes along the Parkway. And each time you rest, the view gets better and better. Be prepared for lots of wind!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike with views of the glacier. The path to the top which is about 200ft further up offers better views of the valley and glacier.

3 months ago

Worth the hike

hiking
4 months ago

Wow- what a spectacular view at the top. Wish we'd had more time to spend on the ridge.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is amazing. It has incredible views, wildlife, wild flowers (when the season is right) and glaciers! Once you get to the top, it would be in your best interest to explore the ridge. You might find a HUGE glacier. Count on spending extra time and mileage to get the most out of this hike. Definitely one of our favorites!

hiking
4 months ago

Did the hike on July 15th, 2017, and scenery was breathtaking! I would definitely recommend this hike.

5 months ago

great strenuous hike. worth the views at top

5 months ago

Loved it, easily assessable, good short hike, great views, would definitely recommend!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy, family-friendly hike with easy to follow trail and great views.

hiking
5 months ago

Great views a lot of fun

hiking
5 months ago

Moderately steep climb all the way but stunning rewards at the end!! Definitely go all the way if in two minds. Soft muddy terrain throughout with gravel at the end

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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.

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

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!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Perfect quick hike with an amazing view

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Great hike with amazing views!

hiking
Saturday, May 17, 2014

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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