Parker Ridge

Distance: 2.8 miles (round trip)

Banff National Park, near Banff in The Canadian Rockies

Close-up of Saskatchewan Glacier and Castleguard Mountain

Close-up of Saskatchewan Glacier and Castleguard Mountain


This terrific short hike ascends to the treeless tundra atop windswept Park Ridge where you will enjoy exceptional views of the Saskatchewan Glacier flowing out from the Columbia Icefield.
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  • Distance: 2.8 miles (round trip) to Parker Ridge
  • Elevation: 6,560-ft. at Trailhead
    7,464-ft. at Parker Ridge
  • Elevation Gain: 904-ft. to Parker Ridge
  • Difficulty: easy-moderate
  • More Hikes in:
    Banff / Lake Louise / The Canadian Rockies

Why Hike Parker Ridge

This short hike, starting off the Icefield Parkway at the northern end of Banff National Park, leads to a scenic, windswept ridge with extraordinary views of the Saskatchewan Glacier, the longest outflow glacier from the Columbia Icefield.

The hike gives you a good excuse to get out of the car and stretch your legs while sightseeing along the parkway without a huge expenditure of time or energy. A nice set of well-engineered switchbacks eases the 900-ft. ascent to the ridge. Along the way enjoy fine views of Hilda Peak, Hilda Glacier, Nigel Peak and the Nigel Valley.

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile of the Parker Ridge Hike

Trail Resources

Trail Detail/Full Description / Trail Photo Gallery / Trail Map

Basecamp(s) Information:
Banff / Lake Louise

Region Information:
The Canadian Rockies

Other Hiking Regions in:
Alberta / British Columbia