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Parker Ridge Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 9, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is best used from June until October.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 882 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Bugs

Snow

No dogs

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Getting There

This trail along the Icefield Parkway is a great short and strenuous hike near Jasper. After a series of switchbacks, you'll be rewarded with dramatic views of the Saskatchewan Glacier headwaters of the Saskatchewan River. Help maintain this fragile alpine ecosystem by staying on the trail. Begin the trail just south of the Athabasca Glacier Visitors Center. Most of the climbing is at the start of the trail. It quickly gets above the sparse tree cover around the trailhead and then bends southeast. Once you reach the bend and level out, 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. While nearly all hikers stop right where the trail reaches the ridge top, this hike can be very substantially extended, at least doubling the hike, by continuing west along the very ridge top toward nearby Mt. Athabasca. Though no trail exists here, the ridge, which is mostly rocky so a minimal effort can easily avoid trampling any fragile vegetation, can be readily followed for quite a distance over several smaller peaks till the ridge becomes obviously not navigable. This extension transforms this hike from a pleasant, scenic, but often crowded hike into a wonderfully solitary experience.

It is a nice sized lot with restrooms.

The parking area is on the west side of the Icefields Parkway at KM 117, 4 km south of the Banff-Jasper boundary. Parker Ridge Parking: 52.1916625 N -117.11582799999998 W

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Erin Schell
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Hiking

Lovely trail! Barely muddy and only one little patch of snow. It took us about 2-2.5 hours. Fairly easy and family friendly trail. The views at the top are amazing! You can see the glacier and there are cute little rock shelters at the top of you need reprieve from the wind for a couple minutes. It was quite windy at the top, a light jacket is a good idea. I would do it again!

James Osborne
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MuddySnow

Beautiful trail and worth the effort - great views of icefield on the way up, and Saskatchewan Glacier (and surrounding mountains) at the top. First attempt was heavy snow, but glad we can back. Few snowy sections but easily traversable.

Susanne Wall
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 06 2020
Hiking

Completed 05 July 2020. Absolutely spectacular hike! Huge reward for just a little effort, and definitely worth the drive to get there!

Karen Ann
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Hiking

Magnifique!!

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D Kuwa
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Hiking

Trail is about 90% dry, and 10% muddy. All snow patches have melted so you probably just need to walk around one or two of them. Once at the top, be sure to walk the entire trail where there are yellow diamonds to get a best view of the glacier.

David Dryden
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 04 2020

June 29, 2020 Trailhead easily accessible off of Icefields Parkway, plenty of parking, washroom facilities. The initial 2/3 of the trail is a zig-zag trek up the hill. The remaining 1/3 is flat trek along the top of the ridge. Hiking shoes recommended as some rocky, muddy, & snowy spots. Once you reach the top, DO NOT stop and turn back. Continue along following the Yellow diamond markers to see a gorgeous expansive glacier view. I believe it is the backside of the Athabasca Glacier you see from the Highway / can take a tour on. Either way, it's a stunning view. There is a sign indicating "end of trail" but you don't need to go all the way unless you want to. Overall loved this hike and the stunning views both along the way and along the top! Average hiker: approximately 45min to top, 25min further to End of trail sign.

Mary Weekes
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HikingSnow

Did this hike on Canada Day 2020 and it was a winter wonderland. Nothing for views but the hike itself is very moderate and can easily make it up to the ridge in under an hour. Will be going back when the sky clears and there is less snow on the ground!

jesse vanderveen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 04 2020

Fantastic hike. Our 8 + 9 year olds handled it fine, 5 year old did half of it. Even with some snow and a little mud, fine with runners on. I wish I had more time to linger on top.

Kaitlyn W.
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HikingIcyMuddyRocky

a few spots of snow/ice but easy enough to get around for the time being, once it melts more might not be. Stunning view from the top

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Stephanie Rounds
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HikingMuddySnow

This was one of the best hikes I’ve done in a while It was very muddy and snowy so make sure you have hiking boots It was about a 2 hour hike up the mountain The views are incredible! We stayed at the top for a while taking pictures when a big horned sheep climbed from the edge of the mountain right onto the trail! We stayed our distance back but he didn’t seem to care that we were there cause he decided to lay down on the trail And to get down the mountain we just slid down the snow, it only took us about a half an hour to get down the mountain 10/10 can’t recommend this hike enough!

Jirka John
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HikingMuddySnow

Pretty nice and short hike. Hiked June 30th. Still some patches of snow on traverses. Seen small black fox on the top

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Syed Shayan Perwaiz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jun 29 2020
HikingMuddySnow

We completed the hike on Jun 28th. The trail is muddy and has some snow in the beginning, however the views certainly makeup for it. It was windy at the top and a bit of rain.

Béné Dicte
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jun 29 2020
HikingGreat!Muddy

06-29 : The trail was muddy, there was still some snow but you don't walk on it. The hike is easy and the view absolutely beautiful !

Juanzi Wang
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 27 2020
HikingMuddy

We went to this trail on June 25, and we really enjoyed it! The bottom trail is quite muddy with snow. and the top is totally worth for those muddy! We even saw a wolf on the top! Don’t miss this trail on the way to columbia icefield! Trail is not hard for hiker!

Robyn Wright
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarTue Jun 23 2020
HikingMuddySnow

We did this yesterday (22nd June) and really enjoyed it. Trail was muddy/snowy at the bottom, snowy in the middle and fairly dry at the top. We would have struggled to find the trail without the footprints of others before us in the snowy parts. The view from the top was well worth the mud and snow, though, and we only saw a few people while on the trail.

Hayden Cameron
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James Wade
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Hiking

Sunny. August, 2011. Sunny. July, 2018.

Kyo Jade Stone
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Hiking

One of impressive place

Brett B.
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Parker Ridge           52.1916625         N  -117.11582799999998 W

Brett B.
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entrance location 52°11'30"N 117°06'56"W

Lena Cedrone
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Snow

Hiked this yesterday, Oct. 25th. Would have been a relatively easy hike if it wasn't for the snow and wind. Some trail markers were buried. Still, a lovely hike!

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