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If you do only one hike in the Canadian Rockies, make it this one!

A short climb (1 1/2 hours) through the forest is rewarded with incredible views of the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Calgary, Canada
An easy walk on a well graded trail

Lots of parking availabile . Yes, it is uphill, but so worth the vistas from the top, in all... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Calgary, Canada
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Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 18 November 2015

This is a rather easy trail that switchbacks from a parking lot on Icefields Parkway just 8km south of the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre up to Parker Ridge. Hikers amble through a quickly thinning forest that soon only leaves isolated stands of trees that give...More

50  Thank Can-USA-Fan
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

We have been before and very much enjoyed the scenery, complex and ice fields which is why we were going again. And even though they were closed this time the drive down route 93A is spectacular 👍😁

3  Thank KarenKitchener
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A short climb (1 1/2 hours) through the forest is rewarded with incredible views of the surroundings, especially Saskachewan Glacier, the longest glacier of the Canadian Rockies!

1  Thank sdemmerle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of parking availabile . Yes, it is uphill, but so worth the vistas from the top, in all directions. Nice and safe, no scarey drop offs.

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Reviewed 22 September 2018

It had snowed a few days before, sections of the path, especially before you reached the summit were slippy and we fell, people coming down were falling. So we took '2 short cuts' in the snow at the top to avoid the bad bits and...More

2  Thank IanMinshall
Reviewed 18 September 2018

great hike, but we were "cheated" out of the promised spectacular view of the glacier by a sudden September snowsquall at the top! Was actually quite charming, AND we got a consolation prize of a herd of big-horn sheep (ewes and young only, no ram)...More

1  Thank Daniel H
Reviewed 17 September 2018

This hike is not overly difficult as it switchbacks up the hill however is quite busy. There are a number of trails that diverge from the main path where people have taken shortcuts. Unfortunately this damages the environment making it less attractive particularly as there...More

Thank chloe_drm
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Hubby is 68 and I am 60 and we are average fitness. This hike is 1,000 foot elevation gain but the gain is via switchbacks which does make it easier. We had trekking poles which were a great help. Also, I am afraid of heights...More

2  Thank Pegster2
Reviewed 13 September 2018

We did this walk with sleet starting to set in. The walk starts with a long uphill grind as you switch back and forth across the hill until you reach the top of the ridge line and it flattens out a lot. Not sure that...More

1  Thank Les B
Reviewed 11 September 2018

This was recommended by someone in Jasper and we are glad we stopped. Providing you don't race up you will find the trek eminently doable. The view of the glacier is certainly worth the effort. As with any hiking in this region warm clothes and...More

Thank alannsarah
Reviewed 10 September 2018

On the Ice Fields route, this is one of the best stops. Don't miss it. Walk around a bit to get different perspectives. Watch for the turn out.

Thank TomWall60
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

We stopped here on a hot August day on route to Jasper, well worth the hours hike up the switchbacks for such a rewarding view, quite windy off the glacier so dress accordingly. Highly recommend you make a stop here

Thank AdeMSurrey
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2 August 2018|
Response from kristieandmichael | Reviewed this property |
I would think you would need to rent a car and drive the Icefields Parkway. Or you may be able to call around to different tour companies to see if anyone would take you there. But it's an easy drive to do yourself.
2 August 2018|
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Response from er_katrina | Reviewed this property |
Renting a car will be the best option, the drive from Banff to the little town of Jasper is very scenic. You can stop on plenty of viewpoints. Download the Icefields Parkway Gypsy Tour, this will you give all of the possible... More
24 May 2018|
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Response from Henri B | Reviewed this property |
There will be snow there most likely. Our most recent trip was early June. You should have a great time, but expect the trail to be covered with snow, and plan accordingly.